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Monday March 12, 2018

OPSS Backs BSI Recall Guide and Levies First Regulatory Fine

The U.K.'s Office of Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) March 7 urged use of a new code of practice on recalls. The 2018 version of PAS 7100 is not a government document; it comes from BSI and costs £90 (~US$125).

 

OPSS noted that the code has two parts. The first is for companies and addresses planning for, managing, and monitoring recalls as well as investigating safety problems and reviewing the effectiveness of corrective actions. The second advises regulators' oversight of recalls.

 

Meanwhile, OPPS announced March 2 that Hardwood Dimensions will pay £7,443 (~$US10,325) over findings that it imported illegally harvested timber. The office framed it as a safety issue, asserting (bit.ly/2Fht03G) that companies must "ensure any products they sell originate from legitimate sources."

 

This is the new agency's first regulatory action. It launched in January (PSL, 1/29/18).