On 2 August 2023, the UK government published its long-awaited proposals for reform of the UK product safety regime. There are 13 wide-ranging proposals, some of which could radically change the UK product safety landscape and/or have a significant impact for stakeholders.
The UK government has launched a public consultation on the reforms, which is open until 24 October 2023.
Key proposals include:
- Mandatory incident reporting.
- A new defined role of ‘online marketplace’ with its own set of specific duties.
- An increase in the level of consumer-facing information to be provided for online listings.
- The introduction of voluntary e-labelling.
- Direct penalty powers for enforcement authorities without needing to bring a prosecution.
- A review of the UK product liability regime.
- Radically, a move away from the existing product safety framework (derived from European Union rules) to a new cross-cutting, hazard-based approach.
Our products team have provided a detailed analysis of the 13 proposals here. Please reach out to our team if you have any questions or would like assistance preparing feedback.