On 9 May 1881 around 30 independent weights and measures inspectors, and a small number of scale manufacturers, came together for the first meeting of the British Association of Inspectors of Weights and Measures in Manchester. At the same time the government, through The Board of Trade, started a qualifying examination for inspectors.In 1949 the Association changed its name to the Institute of Weights and Measures Administration. It was not long after this that the first Institute examinations took place,...
4 May 2011
TSI response (PDF 151KB). Whilst TSI broadly welcomes this initiative, we have concerns as to its principal objectives. The trading standards profession agrees that it is right and proper in the modern era to review legislation regularly against its modern purpose, but there is a need to assess the merits of legislation in its entirety, as opposed to simply looking at whether there should be a duty to enforce. Furthermore, a large quantity of legislation enforced by local authorities is missing from...
28 Apr 2011
TSI response (PDF 116KB). TSI considers the suggested options, concluding that an ombudsman-style mechanism, or one including full consultation with enforcement agencies prior to the start of collective actions, would be the best way to ensure justice and fairness to all parties. 
28 Apr 2011
We're pleased to announce that archived ts today articles are now available to ts interlink subscribers.As part of its recent upgrade, we've boosted the material available to subscribers of the new ts interlink platform with articles from previous issues of our membership magazine, ts today.The ts today magazine covers a wide range of consumer and commercial issues from legal, consumer and business viewpoints and is now fully searchable from within ts interlink itself.Further ts interlink enhancements are on the way,...
19 Apr 2011
TSI response (PDF 139KB). TSI states that the strategic and operational objectives and regulatory principles proposed for the new Financial Conduct Authority are laudable. There are, however, a number of specific issues to be considered in order to avoid consumer (and, in some cases, business) detriment.  
14 Apr 2011
Consumer Minister Edward Davey announced, on Wednesday 13 April, a new approach that aims to give more power to consumers.Empowered consumers drive and shape markets as the barriers to switching goods and services become smaller, resulting in businesses that have to innovate and become more efficient to gain market share, which in turn results in growth.As part of the strategy, Government have identified FOUR key areas themes:The power of information: enabling consumers to access data held on them by businesses, ensuring...
13 Apr 2011
On Friday 1 April a 21 month old boy died after he was strangled by the nylon cord of a blind hanging next to his cot.If you're a parent or know someone who has children who has blinds in their home then please read this important information. It is reported from RoSPA that since 1999 at least 15 toddlers in the UK have died after being strangled by blind and curtain cords.RoSPA is part of 'The Make It Safe campaign' which...
7 Apr 2011
TSI response (PDF 207KB). TSI and LG Regulation have submitted a robust 12-page joint response in which they point out that enforcers, industry and consumers associations are united in their opinion that repealing the PMA is detrimental to consumers and an extra burden on business.
5 Apr 2011
TSI are pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of a major upgrade to its ts interlink secure information and communication system. In response to a recent user survey, Tuesday 5th April will see the system sporting a:modern, updated and easy-to-use interfacebrand new and improved search enginenews service that’s updated throughout the day store of ts today articles to aid researchWe’ve been hosting a series of online demonstrations to showcase this exciting development including an introduction to the new-look ts interlink...
1 Apr 2011
TSI response (PDF 137KB). TSI believes that the proposed health and wellbeing boards should be able to consider the relevant activities of Trading Standards Services and incorporate them within their local strategic plans whilst enabling the local authority Trading Standards Departments to remain financially independent from the board.
31 Mar 2011