In This Section
- investigating complaints from consumers
- carrying out inspections
- sampling and testing goods to ensure they meet safety standards
- providing advice and support to businesses
The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 apply to all products (new and second-hand) used by consumers. The legal requirements are the same whether goods are supplied from a premises, home, stall or online platform.
The General Product Safety Regulations Guide is designed to help businesses comply with the General Product Safety Regulations 2005, as they apply in NI. It applies to businesses placing products not covered by other specific legislation on the market in Northern Ireland. It sets out the requirements that must be met before products can be placed on the market. The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that consumer products are safe before they can be placed on the market in NI. This is done by requiring producers to ensure that consumer products meet the general safety requirement.
Certain products have specific legislation. The links below provide information on some of these areas;
- Cosmetic Products
- Electrical Products
- Construction Products
- Further information on specific product safety requirements can be found in the following guide Product Safety for Businesses: A to Z of industry guidance
The links below may also help provide information on your product safety requirements:
Guidance on the regulation of e-cigarettes can be found at the following link:
MHRA is the competent authority for the notification scheme for e-cigarettes and refill containers in the UK. The following link may be useful.
Northern Ireland Protocol Business Guidance
While the Northern Ireland Protocol is in force, Northern Ireland will align with relevant EU rules relating to the placing on the market of manufactured goods. Products placed on the NI market must therefore follow UK law as it applies to NI.
If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland the Trader Support Service will guide you through any changes that have been implemented due to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Further information and guidance on EU Exit can be found at the following links;
- Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland
- UK product safety and metrology
- Placing Products on the Northern Ireland Market
- Business EU Exit Information
- Using the UKNI Marking
- Product compliance when placing certain goods on the Northern Ireland market
- Product Safety for Businesses: A to Z of industry guidance
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