A new national oversight body, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), has been announced, in response to calls for improved product safety in the UK.
The OPSS is to start work immediately, with a budget of £12m a year when fully operational.
The OPSS will be tasked with enhancing consumer protection by identifying risks to consumers and managing responses to large-scale product recalls and repairs, and will be based within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Focused on general consumer product safety, there will be some limits to the office’s remit.
Construction products are currently subject to a separate review, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, and will not be covered by the new office.
It also will not cover food, vehicles, medicines and medical devices and workplace equipment, as these are covered by other agencies.