Published: 08 April 2022  (Updated: 11 April 2022)

UK Product Safety Database Alerts

Update on OPSS product safety alerts and reports of cosmetic products posing a risk to the health and safety of consumers.

Market surveillance authorities, including the Office for Product Safety and Standards and Local Authority Trading Standards, have responsibility for regulating product safety in the UK.  The Product Safety Alerts, Reports and Recalls area is used by UK market surveillance authorities to notify unsafe and noncompliant products, including those that present a risk to the health and safety of consumers.  The online system serves as a single rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products.  Weekly reports are issued on the website.  The weekly reports only cover non-food consumer products; therefore, they do not cover food and drink, vehicles, or medicines and medical devices.

Unsafe products that pose a risk to the health and safety of consumers may be recalled.

The area was updated on 7 April 2022 to include a ‘Finder Tool’ allowing users to search for key terms, filter by risk type and the corrective measures.

CTPA regularly checks the notifications made via the rapid alert system website.  For information, below are recent notifications made.

March 2022

Children’s hair detangler with microbacterial risk due to the presence of bacterial organism, Pluralibacter Gergoviea.  The product has been recalled from end users.

February 2022

Firming cream with serious chemical risk as it contains methylisothiazolinone (MI) exceeding the maximum amount allowed in rinse-off products.  The product has been recalled from end users.

January 2022

Brow gel with microbiological risk due to contamination of the product has been identified that does not meet legal quality standards and may cause a reaction to some customers using the product.  The product has been recalled from end users.

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