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Publicly available specifications have been published as part of the BSI Code of Practice, to provide guidance on bringing safe products to market.
The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has sponsored the UK National Standards Body, the British Standards Institution (BSI) to publish a Code of Practice to support business with bringing products to market safely, applicable in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The PAS 7050:2022, ‘Bringing safe products to market’, was published on 25 March 2022 and aims to helps businesses meet their obligations under products safety law. This is supported and used in conjunction with PAS 7100:2022, ‘Supporting better product recalls’, which has been reviewed and an updated version published on 28 March 2022.
These PAS documents include guidance on:
- product safety management plan;
- product safety incident plan;
- making a corrective incident plan;
- online marketplace operators;
- repair or refurbishment.
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Under the General Product Safety Regulation 2005 (GPSR), all products must be safe in their normal and foreseeable usage. These PAS documents relate to all consumer products existing or intended to be placed on the market. The provisions do not apply where specific community legislation governs the safety of particular products, for example, the Cosmetics Regulation. However, the guidance applies to any remaining aspects of safety where the products are only partly covered by a specific directive, or there is no relevant directive, thus filling in any loopholes. For specific guidance on safely bringing cosmetic products to market, refer to the OPSS guidance, ‘Making cosmetic products available to consumers in Great Britain’. The CTPA has also published detailed guidance related to the supply of cosmetic products into the market in the UK, as well as the EU (including NI). To better understand the relevant guidance to the applicable legislation, we encourage you to download the guidance for the UK market as a first step.