Guidance

National regulation: enforcement services

How the Office for Product Safety and Standards contributes to the national regulatory landscape.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPS&S) provides enforcement services on behalf of government departments including BEIS, Defra and DfT.

We are working towards providing a regulatory environment in which businesses have the confidence to invest and grow and citizens and communities are properly protected. We do this by taking a risk-based and proportionate approach to our enforcement activities and by operating under the The Regulators’ Code.

What we enforce

Compliance and guidance on the following areas of legislation can be found on the following links:

Access and benefit sharing of genetic resources

Alternative fuels infrastructure

Batteries and accumulators (placing on the market) regulations

Waste batteries takeback

Ecodesign of energy related products regulations

End of life vehicles regulations

Energy information regulations

European Union timber regulation

Forest law enforcement, governance and trade licensing

Heat network metering and billing regulations

Noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors regulations

RoHS regulations

WEEE regulations

Guidance for businesses we regulate

These four documents define what you can expect from us, specify our approach to dealing with non-compliance, explain how you can complain or comment about our service, and clarify your statutory and non-statutory rights to challenge or appeal our regulatory actions or decisions.

RD enforcement: service standards

RD enforcement: enforcement policy

RD enforcement: complaints policy

RD enforcement: challenges and appeals guidance

An overview of what we do is also provided in our Enforcement services: summary (PDF, 178KB, 2 pages) .

Non-qualifying regulatory provisions

OPS&S has produced this Summary of non-qualifying regulatory provisions (PDF, 82.3KB, 2 pages) under the Business Impact Target. It was submitted to the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) in March 2017. The RPC confirmed that none of the measures or activities presented in the summary should be considered as qualifying regulatory provisions for the purposes of the Business Impact Target.

Contact us

OPS&S publishes a range of information and guidance on the legislation that we are responsible for enforcing. If you have a specific enquiry about compliance we recommend that you complete the online enquiry form, choose the relevant legislation and follow the on screen instructions.

Alternatively you can contact the OPS&S helpdesk on 0121 345 1218.

It is open:

  • Monday to Thursday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Friday 09:00 to 16:00

Or in writing to:

Office for Product Safety and Standards
Lower Ground Floor
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham
B2 4AJ

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Published 20 September 2016
Last updated 10 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Enforcement services summary leaflet added.
  2. Four documents added on Regulatory Delivery's approach to business regulation: our service standards, enforcement policy, complaints policy, and challenges and appeals guidance.
  3. First published.