The report accepted the 8 key recommendations for reform made by the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety in its report of 19 July 2017:

An independent Review of Consumer Product Recall running from November 2014 to February 2016 and led by consumer advocate and broadcaster Lynn Faulds Wood made several key recommendations for the improvement of the product recalls system.The Government’s response to the Working Group’s Report is the most recent in a series of developments in this area:

  • The on-going Cutting the Red Tape Review, commenced in March 2016, seeks to review local authority enforcement including in the area of product safety.
  • Development of the Working Group in October 2016 by Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility Margot James created to assess the findings of that independent review and compromised of relevant experts, continues to consider improvements to the UK recall system and product safety more generally, with a particular focus on consumer engagement, as part of its continuing 24-month plan.

The changes brought about by this report are the first of several which are to alter the product compliance landscape in the UK dramatically. All members of the supply chain should keep on top of this rapidly developing area to ensure their business models and product compliance practices remain cutting-edge and in front of legislative change.

A further post will follow after the Code of Practice is published.

  1. Rod Freeman, Partner and Head of International Product Compliance and Product Liability at Cooley, was a member of the Steering Committee responsible for the development of the Code of Practice on effective corrective action programs.