Every Responsible Supplier, be it a person, company or business, which manufactures or imports in scope electrical equipment in the UK must ensure that the equipment satisfies the established regulatory framework. This places the obligation of complying with the British Standards and liability for any damages caused by non-compliant product on you, the wholesaler or supplier/importer.
Importers and manufacturers must also ensure that their appliances meet all safety obligations. Failure to comply could result in significant penalties.
A warning or improvement notice will outline:
This may be accompanied with advice to cease sale and a follow up audit may be made to monitor compliance and any remedial action required. If remedial action is not taken enforcement may be escalated to ensure protection of the public and their property.
An infringement notice will outline:
The relevant body may take prosecution action rather than issue an infringement notice. The law provides few sentencing options for the courts, and conviction usually results in a fine.
If it is determined that a serious safety risk is occurring, or could occur, then a prohibition notice may be issued.
The aim of recalls is to protect the community from equipment posing electrical safety risks.