Domestic Appliances: Testing:Written question - 109392

Asked on: 24 October 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Domestic Appliances: Testing
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for the introduction of mandatory portable appliance testing for residential properties.
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 01 November 2017

The Government has no plans to introduce mandatory testing for portable appliances in residential properties.

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 require suppliers of electrical equipment to supply only safe products.

In addition, the legislation requires manufacturers of electrical products to monitor their products on the market. Should they identify unsafe equipment, they must take immediate corrective action to make the equipment safe, withdraw it or recall it. Enforcement authorities also have powers to require a manufacturer to take corrective action, including by requiring withdrawal or recall of unsafe products.

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