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Unsafe Product Notification

The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 introduce three different duties for notifying unsafe products.

Two of these (for products presenting a serious risk in need of urgent intervention, and non-serious risk requiring some intervention) are duties placed on local authorities to notify BERR.

The third is a general duty placed on producers and distributors to notify the local authorities when they become aware they have placed on the market, or distributed, an unsafe product.

The Department has prepared guidance and Word format forms to support local authorities, producers and distributors in the notification process.

The Commission has also provided producer/distributor notification guidance in the form of a leaflet, which can be found at the external link to the right of the page. Where the leaflet refers to the National Authority, in the UK this means Trading Standards Offices in Local Authorities, and it is they who will then do their own risk assessment to determine whether a RAPEX is necessary.