The Government has created a new office for Product Safety and Standards following recommendations made by a Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety.

The Working Group which was made up of consumer, fire and product safety experts, were set up in October 2016 to consider how to improve the safety of white goods and increase the success of the recall system.

The new product safety authority will help manage largescale product recalls and identify risks to consumers, supporting the work of the local authority trading standards teams. The Office will also provide advice and support to ensure manufacturers, importers and retailers meet their responsibilities to place only safe products on the market. This will be a welcome move for many following numerous fires which have been caused by faulty electrical appliances – most notably of course the Grenfell Tower tragedy.