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New Consumer Product Recall Code of Practice: What You Need to Know

The newly formed Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS) has embarked upon its commitment to improve product safety by introducing the first government-backed Code of Practice for product safety recalls – PAS7100.

The Code of Practice (the Code) aims to provide producers and distributors with clearer guidance on how to prepare for and deal with product safety issues, and we would advise producers and manufacturers to review their product recall arrangements in line with PAS7100. The Code is split into two parts: the first is intended for manufacturers, importers and distributors; the second is intended for regulators. The Code includes guidance on how to plan for a recall; how to undertake a risk assessment; how to manage a possible recall or other corrective action; how to set up processes to monitor product safety; what businesses should do when investigating a potential product safety issue; and how to review/ develop corrective action plans. It also guides regulators in relation to monitoring incidents, analysing data, supporting businesses and responding to a failure to take proper action.

The Code deals with non-food consumer products and focuses on corrective actions that should be taken on the discovery of an unsafe product. The principle instruction is clear: every business should create and implement a product safety incident plan (PSIP). A successful PSIP will consider product safety issues before they arise and be ready for use at the outset of a safety concern.

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Rob Elvin Civil Claims Attorney Squire Patton Boggs Manchester, UK
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Rob Elvin is a solicitor-advocate and the managing partner of our Manchester office. Following outstanding client feedback, Rob was recognised as a star lawyer in the Acritas StarsTM global database 2020, cited as having “full confidence in his experience and his knowledge, and he was very pragmatic in terms of finding a solution to the issue”.

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Nicola Smith specialises in hospitality and leisure. Her expertise covers both licensing and food law. Nicola acts for a wide range of clients from listed companies to entrepreneurs. She prides herself on providing commercially-minded advice as part of a one-stop shop for clients dealing with the management of all of their licensing and food law issues.

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Gary Lewis Environmental, Safety & Health Attorney Squire Patton Boggs Manchester, UK
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Gary is a director in our Environmental, Safety & Health practice based in our Manchester office.  His particular expertise covers health, safety and environmental prosecutions, corporate manslaughter, food safety and trading standards, including attendance at PACE interviews and advocacy in the Magistrates’ and Coroners’ Courts. Gary has experience across a number of industries, with a primary focus on construction and manufacturing. He is also an active member of the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association (HSLA).

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