The proposed new legislation will clarify the rights and obligations of consumers and traders in their dealings with each other, provide consumer safeguards which are fit for the modern retail environment and give the Trading Standards Service the legislative tools which are necessary to ensure a fair market place for consumers and business.
The Trading Standards Service has reviewed consumer protection legislation in other jurisdictions such as Jersey, the UK and the European Union and has picked out those pieces of legislation which we believe are right for Guernsey. We have clear idea about what the future range and content of trading standards law should be. Our aim is to introduce a package of measures which provides a balanced approach to trading standards and consumer protection, which will benefit the island's economy for years to come. However, it is important that we understand what members of the public and those involved in businesses think about these ideas.
This consultation provided the opportunity for you, the public, to have your say before the ideas were drawn together by the Trading Standards Service and the final proposals are developed.
The consultation closed on 31st October 2015
A total of 83 responses were received to the consultation from businesses, organisations and the public. The responses were overwhelmingly in favour of the proposals put forward in the consultation. In February 2016 the States of Deliberation agreed a Policy Letter, with a single amendment relating to offers, sales and price comparisons, which described the provisions for new consumer protection legislation. The outcome of additional work arising from the amendment is still to be brought back to the States as directed before further progress can be made on progressing the full range of legislation.
If you have any questions in relation to this consultation, please contact Trading Standards on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01481 234567
Updated: June 2017