Many people are injured each year due to faulty consumer goods. Product Safety involves ensuring all goods on sale to the public are safe for their intended use. The responsibility to supply safe consumer goods applies all the way down from the manufacturer to the retailer. This means that products being sold should comply with any relevant legislation.
Legal requirements are the same whether you supply goods from a premises, home, a stall, or via online platforms.
Sector specific guidance on a range of products can be found at the Government's Product Safety for Businesses A-Z of Industry Guidance page.
You can also view the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) Safety Alert for small high-powered magnetic products.
Guidance on the regulation of e-cigarettes can be found at the Government's E-cigarettes regulations page.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the competent authority for the notification scheme for e-cigarettes and refill containers in the UK. Read more about the licensing procedure for electronic cigarettes as medicines.
You can find more detail on changes to Product Safety, guidance for placing manufactured goods on the Northern Ireland and Great Britain markets, along with Designated Standards. In addition, guidance on using the UKNI marking and UKCA mark from 1 January 2021.
If you manufacture or import Cosmetics Products for sale in GB, you will need to add your products to the UK’s Submit a Cosmetic Product Notification Portal in addition to the EU Cosmetics Products Notification Portal for products sold in NI.
The guide for businesses placing cosmetic products on the market in Northern Ireland from 1st January 2021 which can be downloaded from gov.uk. If you also place goods on the GB market you must follow the rules for the GB market - separate guidance can be downloaded from gov.uk.
Guidance for Construction Products can be found on the gov.uk website.
What we do
Local councils have enforcement responsibilities for safety-related issues with Consumer Goods.
The Council helps protect consumers against unsafe goods.
- Respond to consumer complaints.
- Carry out programmed inspections of premises to ensure goods on sale are safe.
- Provide advice to suppliers about legislation.
- Sample consumer goods to ensure they meet required standards of safety.
If you would like further information, please contact your local Environmental Health office:
Telephone: 0300 013 3333
Other useful links
The role of Trading Standards is to promote and maintain fair trading, protect consumers and help reputable businesses to thrive in Northern Ireland. For information on Trading Standards issues, visit the Northern Ireland Trading Standards Service.
The Consumer Council provide free independent support and advice for all consumers and businesses in Northern Ireland. They also have the powers to investigate complaints about energy, water, transport and postal services. For General Consumer queries, visit the Consumer Council website.