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TSI response (PDF 137KB). TSI welcomes this guidance and believes that it will prove useful. The section on so-called comparative assertions is particularly useful.
15 Jun 2010
The report of a major review of trading standards services in Scotland is launched today (15th June). Up to standard: a review of trading standards services in Scotland found a complete lack of consistency in the services offered to consumers and to businesses. It also discovered that there is no effective national system in place to measure the effectiveness of the service and that resources to support trading standards differed enormously across Scotland’s 32 Councils.The report argues that consumers and...
15 Jun 2010
The report of a major review of the trading standards services in Scotland is launched today (15 June). Up to standard: a review of trading standards services in Scotland found a complete lack of consistency in the services offered to consumers and to businesses. It also discovered that there is no effective national system in place to measure the effectiveness of the service and that resources to support trading standards differed enormously across Scotland’s 32 Councils.The report argues that consumers...
15 Jun 2010
TSI response (PDF 127KB). TSI supports the proposal for the Civil Aviation Authority to take an enforcement role with this legislation but is disappointed that there is no provision for Trading Standards to be able to provide intelligence of major problems which would have been highlighted in Trading Standards investigations.
14 Jun 2010
A trading standards enforcement officer is jetting off to the World Cup on 11 June after being awarded funding to shadow his counterparts in South Africa. Football fan, Andy Faulkner, of Brent and Harrow Trading Standards, will have his flights and accommodation paid for by a Trading Standards Institute College of Fellows bursary but will have to buy match tickets himself. As a member of the TSI, Andy applied for the grant to develop his understanding of counterfeit goods operations at global events...
10 Jun 2010
Fed up consumers who say no to receiving cold calls have won assurances from energy firms that they will no longer be bothered on the doorstep.Following lengthy campaigning by energy watchdog Consumer Focus and the Trading Standards Institute the Big Six energy companies have said they are now committed to respecting the wishes of people who live in recognised ‘no cold calling zones’ or display signs saying no to cold callers.The Money Saving Expert promptly designed a poster and sticker...
7 Jun 2010
TSI response (PDF 112KB). TSI believes that the proposals set out in this consultation should go some way to reducing the number of official inspections carried out on dairy farms. TSI also bellieves that, furthermore, the proposed arrangement on Dairy Hygiene Inspections is a positive step to show the farming community that official inspection agencies can work with Assurance Schemes to reduce the inspection burden on farmers.  
7 Jun 2010
TSI has issued an invitation to bid for the contract for the provision of the Membership Publication for the Trading Standards InstituteBackgroundThe Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is a professional membership association formed in 1881.  It represents trading standards professionals in the UK and overseas - in local authorities, the business and consumer sectors and in central government. TSI is a not-for-profit membership association. Our requirements:TSI requires a contractor to supply its flagship membership publication, TS Today.  The contract will be...
3 Jun 2010
Bromley trading standards are cracking down on rogue doorstep traders bringing to justice three conmen in separate court cases.James Doherty, from  Essex, operating as Home Discount Paving, pleaded guilty on 26 May 2010 to three charges of unfair trading – two for aggressive commercial practice and one for engaging in misleading commercial practice. He also pleaded guilty to one charge of criminal damage. Magistrates fined him a total of £2,000 for the four offences and ordered him to pay £300...
3 Jun 2010
Croydon Council’s trading standards service has concluded its landmark Crown Court case against a prolific computer games counterfeiter in a case suspected of involving more than £800,000.  Franz Chung’s sentencing was concluded on 25 May at Croydon Crown Court after a protracted investigation going back to 2007 - in which the council were assisted by officers from ELSPA (the UK software publishing association). At the time when charges were first brought this was one of the very first cases in...
1 Jun 2010