BPA to partner with trading standards experts at HINF

The Baby Products Association (BPA) has teamed up with Nottingham Trading Standards to allow exhibitors and visitors at Harrogate Nursery Fair to access expert advice, free of charge.

The new partnership sees the two organisations enter into an Assured Advice Scheme, which means that companies can access valuable advice about their products’ safety.

This may cover a number of design, safety and legislative elements, such as whether the product meets the requirements of the relevant safety standard (an interpretation of these will be provided by the Nottingham division if required. This would be upheld by Trading Standards departments in England and Wales as well as in court).

“This a part of the Association’s Primary Authority Partnership,” explained Julie Milne of the trade association. “Visitors and exhibitors can ask advice about any standardisation or regulatory issues they may have – and this is across the whole range of childcare articles.”

She continued; “For Association members, this advice can be given as Assured Advice, which is published on the Trading Standards Information Hub and publicly accessible. Once published, it cannot be contradicted by other Trading Standards offices or officers and can be used to demonstrate a company’s due diligence or even in its defence in court should it be required.”

Trading standards representatives will be on hand at the BPA stand, Q109.

  • Sunday 25 March from 11am to 5pm – Chris Elgenia
  • Monday 26 March from 10am to 4pm – Tim Watson

 

For more information or to book a specific appointment contact Julie Milne – julie@b-p-a.org or call 0845 456 9570.

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