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Consumer Safety

Your Council is responsible for ensuring the safety of all consumer goods produced, distributed or sold in the District. Most consumer articles are covered by the general safety requirement of the Consumer Safety Act. Some exemptions such as motor vehicles and medicinal products are covered by legislation enforced by the Trading Standards Division of the Department of Economic Development.

Legislation covering product safety includes regulations to cover:

  • Electrical equipment
  • Cosmetics
  • Furniture
  • Toys
  • Pushchairs
  • Construction Products
  • Motor vehicle tyres

What is a safe product?

The General Safety Requirement refers to goods being reasonably safe having regard to all the circumstances. These circumstances include: the manner in which the goods are marked, any instructions or warnings given with the goods and any published safety standards for those goods.

Second hand goods

Some, but not all goods are covered by Consumer Protection Regulations. Those that are sold as part of a business may be covered in the same way as new goods; for example, those bought from an auction or second hand shop. Goods sold privately are not covered by the legislation. If you have any doubts about any product either new or second hand, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Environmental Health can offer advice and has access to accredited test laboratories when needed, and the Council has enforcement powers, which can resolve your problem with unsafe or dangerous Consumer Goods.

For further information contact the Environmental Health Department.

Contacts:
Environmental Health
Downshire Civic Centre
Downshire Estate
Ardglass Road
Downpatrick
BT30 6GQ
T: 028 4461 0823