The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has suspended more than 2,000 websites selling fake luxury goods since the New Year.The sites disrupted by the City of London Police unit were selling well-known high end goods including fashion brands Burberry, Longchamp, Abercrombie and Oakley and jewellery designers Tiffany & Co and Thomas Sabo. However, the items being sold were far from the desired brands that were advertised and were in fact just cheap and inferior counterfeits. The websites sold a...
13 Feb 2015
Businesses looking to train staff on the importance and means of preventing underage sales will be delighted with a brand new online course launched by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) with Virtual College. Announced at TSI's '10 years of a child's life – saved!' event at the Palace of Westminster on 4 February, the ‘Prevention of Underage Sales’ course provides businesses with a great opportunity to train or refresh their staff while helping to reduce the far-reaching detriment caused by underage...
4 Feb 2015
TSI response (PDF 188KB). TSI believes that the introduction of a competency-based approach to the authorisation of officers will have little impact on the delivery of official controls. TSI recommends that the Food Standards Agency continue to work with the Better Regulation Delivery Office and the professional bodies to deliver a seamless competency framework in line with the Regulators Development Needs Analysis Tool.
4 Feb 2015
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is calling on young people to educate their peers and local businesses about the dangers of alcohol and tobacco products through the launch of a brand new competition, sponsored by Waitrose.'Create a campaign' is a competition for school pupils from across England to design a campaign blueprint discouraging alcohol use and smoking among children. Alternatively, students can create a campaign to encourage local businesses to comply with their legal obligations to not sell age-restricted goods...
4 Feb 2015
TSI response (PDF 124KB). TSI suggests that the definitions of 'potable water' and 'clean water' may be confusing. Furthermore, the guidance document for businesses may be too complex and that for local authorities could also be simplified.
3 Feb 2015
TSI response (PDF 182KB). A detailed response to the proposed provisions. 
30 Jan 2015
England's first large scale operation by trading standards against illegal tobacco products saw a total of 2,594,858 cigarettes seized, with a value of £614,488.Operation Henry took place between May and November 2014 and involved 81 local authority trading standards services carrying out intelligence led investigations with specialist tobacco detection dogs, leading to 67 seizures across the country. On average, 56% of premises searched revealed illegal tobacco, with the highest seizure rate coming from the North East of England at 94%. Eight days...
28 Jan 2015
TSI response (PDF 374KB). TSI fully supports the proposal to make local authority trading standards responsible for the enforcement of the proposed legislation in terms of achieving a consistent approach to age restricted products. TSI would, however, draw attention to the severe reduction in resources (40% budget cuts and 45% staff cuts since 2010 despite trading standards enforcing over 250 pieces of legislation).   
26 Jan 2015
The need to reduce alcohol-related harm in Edinburgh while supporting economic development is being presented to councillors.A report to the City of Edinburgh Council’s Health, Social Care and Housing Committee on January 27 2014 will state that in the capital:the cost of alcohol-related harm to the Council’s social care services is £29 million;the impact on economic productivity is an estimated £85m,alcohol-related deaths doubled between 1991 and 2004;47% of adults drink more than recommended guidelines;26% of serious assaults committed in public places are...
21 Jan 2015
In the run up to this year’s general election TSI are implementing a strategy to raise the profile of trading standards among politicians. Our hope is that further engagement will move trading standards up the political agenda and help garner further support for the array of work trading standards services are carrying out across the UK.Our ‘Create a Campaign’ competition, sponsored by Waitrose, launched at Westminster on February 4, and a further event is planned at the Scottish Parliament in...
16 Jan 2015