UK Government launches new Office for Product Safety and Standards

Rod Freeman and Fergal Duggan

UK government announces the formation of a new inter-departmental body to reinforce the UK’s position as a leader in international product safety.

EU starts discussion on further harmonisation of consumer protection laws

Jamie Humphreys and Carol Roberts

Proposals to ensure consistency in consumer protection across the EU were recently approved by a European Parliament Committee.

New kid on the block: EU regulation addresses geo-blocking and country redirects

Rod Freeman and Fergal Duggan

In this article, we address the EU’s recently adopted regulation banning unjustified geo-blocking in the internal market.

Trilateral MoU formalises product safety cooperation by North American regulators

Rod Freeman and Jamie Humphreys

North American regulators recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase cooperation in response to product safety issues.

8 for 8: UK Government accepts key recommendations to reform recall and product safety regimes

Sarah-Jane Dobson

In January 2018, the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) provided its much-awaited response to proposals for reform to the product safety and product recall regimes.

European Commission report on collective redress possibilities across the EU

Carol Roberts

The European Commission recently published an in-depth review of collective redress measures. We review the highlights from the report and proposed next steps.

Sea change: UK government bans plastic microbeads from cosmetics products

Jamie Humphreys and Fergal Duggan

On 9 January 2018, the UK introduced a ban on the manufacture or supply of products containing microbeads, following a worldwide trend towards greater oversight of plastic pollution. The ban will affect manufacturers of a wide range of cosmetics products, including face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels.