TSI response (PDF 107KB). TSI notes the absence of due reference to 'consumers' and 'citizens' in the proposed Strategy. TSI also emphasises the value of local expertise and calls for a link between expertise at national level and that at the local level
28 Aug 2009
The Government's department for culture, media and sport issued a letter on 24 August stating that the Video Recordings Act 1984 is no longer enforceable in UK courts.This follows after it emerged that the then British Government failed to notify the European Commission under the Technical Standards and Regulations Directive of the existence of the new Act.The Directive establishes a 'standstill period' of three months during which member states must notify draft legislation to the Commission and other EU members before it...
25 Aug 2009
A record fine under the Licensing Act has been issued to a former shopkeeper in Enfield after a trading standards crackdown.The former licensee of Costcutters in The Green was ordered to pay over £50,000 in fines and costs for selling alcohol to underage customers.Mohammed Salim pleaded guilty to all 19 charges of trading in breach of some of the conditions on his premises' licence - already in 2007 Mr Salim had pleaded guilty to persistently selling alcohol to minors through...
21 Aug 2009
The Brand Protection Show on 16 - 17 September 2009 highlights how brands can be protected from counterfeiters, IP thieves, grey market traders and cyber-criminals.The programme of 35 seminars will include leading brand owners explaining how they have successfully managed the threats of counterfeiters, parallelers, cyber squatters and copycats.The event, featuring 80 exhibitors, is sponsored by Hammersmith & Fulham trading standards and takes place at London's Olympia. To find out more and to register for a free admission visit
13 Aug 2009
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Trading Standards Institute conference competition is Jonathan Harris, from Dorset Trading Standards. He has won £100 after correctly answering the competition question at the Brighton Conference in June: How much do you think a year's subscription to ts broadcast will cost?The answer was £780 + VAT. If you would like to find out more about ts broadcast please visit or contact our sales and development executive on 0845 6089421. Congratulations Jonathan!
13 Aug 2009
TSI response (PDF 122KB). A wide-ranging response in which TSI highlights the online sale of alcohol to the underaged and would welcome the opportunity to contribute its expertise to the production of a robust and manageable system in this area 
5 Aug 2009
TSI response (PDF 55.4KB). TSI welcomes this already massive and impressive piece of work and confines its comments to paragraphs 2.5 and 2.6 on page 261 which pertain to unfair commercial practices
31 Jul 2009
TSI chief executive Ron Gainsford Motor was invited to speak at the launch of a new 'one stop shop' website and advice line, covering all three Motor Industry Codes, earlier this month.Mr Gainsford's comments in support of the Motor Codes and the OFT's inquiry into the used car market have since been picked up by major motor trade publications.Read the reports in Motor Trader and Car Dealer Magazine
22 Jul 2009
TSI response (PDF 90.3KB). TSI believes that the controls currently in place in the UK have been effective in keeping the country rabies-free but acknowledges the consequences should the EU choose to take action against the UK for not meeting EU rules
20 Jul 2009