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TSI welcomes new Age-Restricted Products Code of Practice

The Trading Standards Institute has broadly welcomed a new Age-Restricted Products Code of Practice published last month (24 January 2013) designed to strengthen the protection of young people and reduce red tape for responsible businesses that sell age-restricted products safely, legally and profitably.
The Trading Standards Institute endorses the inclusion of developing a national risk assessment model to deal with the enforcement of age-restricted sales.
The code, published by BIS, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, outlines that regulators and enforcers have the responsibility ‘to prioritise their resource allocation on appropriate activities beyond test purchasing that encourage businesses to improve and maintain their compliance and share good practice that has been evaluated and found to be effective’.
Enforcing authorities will be able to conduct checks on compliance for a number of reasons, such reports of community problems involving a number of retailers within a neighbourhood where no single retailer can be identified.
TSI age-restricted sales lead officer Brandon Cook said: “What this means is that the vast majority of test purchases will be intelligence-led; local authorities will need to be able to justify why they have taken certain actions. We will work closely with the Police and other groups such as Local Enterprise Partnerships and regional tobacco control groups.”
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The code is applicable to all local regulatory activities undertaken in England and Wales. It covers all products for which statutory age restrictions are in place, and all relevant compliance and enforcement activities. The code provides guidance and resources to help thousands of frontline regulators meet their local authority’s existing statutory duties under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006. It can be viewed at

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