Electrical Safety First backs review of product recall processes

Electrical Safety First (ESF) has welcomed the latest review of processes and systems for the recall of unsafe products.

Commenting on the new Review of the UK’s System for the Recall of Unsafe Products, Phil Buckle, Director General of Electrical Safety First, said: “We are delighted this long awaited Review has finally been published and offers recommendations we have long called for. Electrical Safety First has been raising awareness of the safety issues presented by dangerous recalled electrical goods – millions of which still exist in UK homes - for several years.

“We fully support the Review’s primary call for a method of coordinating the recall system - and for better sharing of information by the industry, which is something our annual product safety conferences have consistently highlighted.”

The Government’s response to the Review includes the development of an online recall ‘centre of excellence’, to provide a single point of reference for consumers and business. It has also committed itself to establishing an industry-led steering group to support this.

“We would hope that our expertise in recalls and consumer protection would be of value to this enterprise”, adds Phil. “However, as the Review itself makes clear, without an effective and properly resourced market surveillance and enforcement system, both consumer safety and business reputations are being put at risk.” More at www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk

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