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Haringey's Aladdin's cave of confiscated goods was displayed to a very welcome visitor last month.Former Haringey Council leader Lord Toby Harris, the new chairman of the National Trading Standards Board, visited his old stomping ground to discuss the work of the trading standards team and meet the Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Nilgun Canver.Lord Harris was a Haringey councillor from 1978 to 2002 and Leader of the council from 1987 to 1999.Lord Harris viewed the vast array of fake...
11 Jun 2013
Trading standards services should still be able to carry out inspections without notification when investigating a potentially rogue manufacturer or importer of cosmetic products, insists the Trading Standards Institute (TSI).This was the view of TSI in its response to a consultation document ‘Enforcing the Regulation on Cosmetic Products’ from BIS (The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills).Christine Heemskerk, TSI Lead Officer for Consumer and Product Safety, said that in most cases, within cosmetic product market surveillance, it would be good...
7 Jun 2013
TSI response (PDF 41.1KB). TSI does not see any major areas for concern provided a claim is sufficiently justified to not fall foul of legislation such as the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations and the business equivalent.
7 Jun 2013
TSI response (PDF 142KB). TSI hosts the UK European Consumer Centre whose advisors are contacted by consumers undergoing the European Small Claims Procedure. Indeed, the Lead Officer who composed this response is a UK-ECC officer. As such, this response contains a number of suggestions for improving the Procedure. 
7 Jun 2013
TSI response (PDF 116KB). TSI believes that the suggested Improvement Notice approach to non-compliance will be more beneficial to enforcement officers and also a more proportionate enforcement response.
4 Jun 2013
TSI response (PDF 55.1KB). TSI believes that an Improvement Notice approach to non-compliance will be more beneficial to enforcement officers and also more proportionate. 
4 Jun 2013
TSI Conference and Exhibition is now under way in the Brighton Centre! We have a packed programme of social, evening and daytime sports events running until Thursday 20 June. Please note that the Tuesday nights Awards Dinner has been extremely popular and tickets are sold out. Full details and booking information available here http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/events/Socialevents.cfmThe Mini-theatre sessions will commence on Monday this year. Book your time slot now! https://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/events/Minitheatres.cfmConference will be opened by TSI President and TSI Chairman followed by a speech by the...
3 Jun 2013
TSI response (PDF 142KB). TSI calls for the new definition of radio equipment to include multipurpose devices and/or operational/built-in radio equipment, e.g. refrigerators using Bluetooth technology for "shopping list management". We particularly welcome, and indeed consider it to be a priority, the requirement for radio equipment to interoperate with accessories such as chargers to obviate the current plethora of chargers. Finally, TSI would like to see the alignment of the safety concept of the proposed Directive with that in the General...
3 Jun 2013
TSI response (PDF 125KB). TSI feels that the proposed civil sanctions for labelling offences would be more proportionate than the current regime. 
22 May 2013
Two men are beginning prison sentences after being found guilty of a large-scale, international counterfeiting operation that generated criminal profits of hundreds of thousands of pounds.Luton Crown Court yesterday (21 May) sentenced Mr Kin Man Chan to 30 months in prison and Mr Wai Kong Man to 12 months after being prosecuted by Central Bedfordshire Council for their part in the online counterfeit DVD business. Mr Wai Kong Man, 44, of Corbet House, Banbury Estate, London and Mr Kin Man...
22 May 2013