A Guide to the Consumer Protection Act 1987

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  • Published: July 2016
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

The Consumer Protection Act 1987 ('the Act') implements European Directive 85/374/EEC (also known as the Product Liability Directive) into law in England, Wales and Scotland. It makes product suppliers liable for injuries, deaths and property damage caused by defects in their products. In Northern Ireland, the Product Liability Directive is implemented by the Consumer Protection (Northern Ireland) Order 1987.

The Act also applies across the UK to make it an offence to supply goods that do not comply with relevant safety regulations.

This factsheet explains which suppliers are liable for defective products, when a product is 'defective' and the extent of liability for defective products. It also briefly explains enforcement powers and penalties for non-compliance in relation to safety regulations.

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