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Consumer safety

What responsibility do I have for selling unsafe goods?

Further practical information about unsafe goods, liability for damage or injury can be found on the unsafe goods - liability for damage or injury (information supplied by the Trading Standards Institute) page.

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What do I need to know if I manufacture or import goods to re-sell?

Manufacturers and importers of consumer goods must take steps to ensure that the goods in question are safe and that they comply with any particular regulations that set down safety standards.

For further detailed guidance:

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) website contains information on many aspects of product safety.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (external website)

Online advice for business and self-employed is available from the GOV.UK website. 

GOV.UK Business and Self-employed (external website)

Important information

Manufacturers and importers may need to refer to British Standards or European Standards. The European Commission website has a useful page to cover European Standards.

European Commission (external website)

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Are there any simple guides to product safety?

The following pages give you a simplified guide for some products:

Cosmetics


Electrical goods


Furniture


Gas appliances


Jewellery and clothing


Mini-motos and quad bikes


Novelty giftware


Prams and pushchairs

Toys

Tyres


Important information

The above list does not cover all products that you may need to ensure are safe.

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What legal responsibility do I have to ensure that I sell safe second-hand goods?

Sellers of second-hand goods have a responsibility to ensure that any second-hand goods they sell are safe. The following pages give you some guidance to cover some types of second-hand goods:


Important information

The above list does not cover all products that you may need to ensure are safe.

Second-hand goods dealer registration

Most dealers in second-hand goods operating in the East Riding of Yorkshire must be registered under the Humberside Act 1982.

We offer advice about second-hand goods dealer registration.

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What legal responsibility do I have as a landlord for goods in rented accommodation?

Further information about the responsibility that landlords and letting agents have for the safety of the goods in the properties they rent out can be found on the Safety of goods in rented accommodation - landlords and letting agencies (information supplied by the Trading Standards Institute) page.

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Where else can I go for advice on consumer safety?

The following organisations offer advice or information to businesses:

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is a central government department. One of its roles is to help to draft and regulate many of the UK laws, regulations and guidelines on advertising, package travel and timeshare, pricing and product description that help protect consumers and businesses from unscrupulous practices.

Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (external website)

Online advice for business and self-employed is available from the GOV.UK website

GOV.UK Business and Self-employed (external website)

Everything Regulation, Whenever It’s Needed (ERWIN) website has been set up by the East of England Trading Standards Association Limited (EETSA) to provide regulatory services information in an innovative way that will make it more accessible and useful to businesses.

Everything Regulation, Whenever It's Needed (external website)

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