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As the nights are turning colder the Trading Standards Institute is urging householders to get their electric blankets tested before switching them on.Like every year trading standards services up and down the country are offering free testing in the autumn months - a high proportion of often up to 40 per cent fail the checks. An old or damaged electric blanket can cause fires, burns and electric shocks that could be fatal.Contact your local council for to find out dates...
13 Sep 2011
Wales Heads of Trading Standards and FAST are hosting a joint initiative to provide education and support to those tackling the illegal purchase and use of software.  Software - Stay Legal will be taking place on 4 October, 10m - 3.30pm ad the Cardiff City Hall.The audience will hear of the dangers of pirated/ unlicensed software and the legal ramifications of its use from industry leaders Adobe and Microsoft, who will present practical advice on their products and the impact of...
13 Sep 2011
We're pleased to announce that Low Voltage Directive safeguard notifications will shortly be carried on our flagship information product, ts interlink. Alongside RAPEX alerts, the notifications will form part of a renamed 'EU safety notifications' database. An important source of information, 'Article 9' notifications inform the EU Member States and the Commission of enforcement action taken by a Member State against a product which it has found to be unsafe. ts interlink users can browse and search the database and...
9 Sep 2011
TSI response (PDF 140KB). This TSI response has been composed with respect to two sectors: consumer credit and estate agencies.
26 Aug 2011
The Trading Standards Institute is focusing on sporting fakes and scams during its National Consumer Week Good Sports Don't Fake It! campaign 21 - 25 November. The full press release can be found on our website. The Good Sports Don't Fake It campaign provides clear guidance and signposting for consumers with a useful CHECK list.C Choose your shopping outlets and websites carefully.H Help yourself.  If the deal is too good to be true then it probably is.E Ensure you look...
25 Aug 2011
Scotland put age restricted products in the spotlight with a Conference bringing together key players from across Scotland including trading standards, health sector, police and manufacturers.Age Restricted Products – a Collaborative Approach Conference, on 31 August, hit home the complex impact issues around age restricted products have on our society, and the need for a strategic, multilateral response.Organised by Angus Council and supported by the Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland (SCOTSS), the event also saw the...
25 Aug 2011
TSI response (PDF 109KB). TSI supports the intention of the Energy Information Regulations 2011 which establish a framework for energy labelling and product information. This consultation from the Committee of Advertising Practice and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice covers the provisions in the Regulations for advertising. In this brief response, TSI explains the role of Trading Standards in the enforcement of the Regulations.
18 Aug 2011
An organsation which leads the war on counterfeit goods worldwide has hailed the work of local Trading Standards Officers. The Trading Standards East Midlands "Scambusters” Team, managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, has received a prestigious national award from the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) in recognition of its excellent work during 2010 protecting ACG members and consumers in the region from threats posed by fake goods.  ACG represents the interests of UK and multinational companies and works with Trading Standards to stop the...
17 Aug 2011
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has highlighted its vision for the next generation of consumers in an interim response to the Government’s Consumer Landscape consultation today.TSI’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: “We welcome a review into the current consumer landscape to drive efficiencies into the system and to facilitate a more effectively joined up approach to consumer protection."TSI’s ‘triple lock’ of key elements for the new Consumer Landscape:1. Growth in the confidence and skills of consumers: through education, peer to...
15 Aug 2011
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has welcomed the announcement that another major energy supplier has announced it is to suspend doorstep energy sales.TSI has been campaigning for an end to cold calling for many years and is delighted at the EDF Energy announcement earlier today (7 September) that it is to suspend  energy doorstep sales. Similar announcements were made by British Gas in August and SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy plc) in July.See full press release.
15 Aug 2011