Information on OPSS product safety alerts, reports and recalls for unsafe products and resources for consumers, businesses and regulators.
Information on products that present a risk to health and safety is provided by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) and available via the link below.
Important Safety Messages
- Important Safety Message – e-bikes and e-scooters
- OPSS takes enforcement action over dangerous e-bike battery
- Important Safety Message – Gas Hob Elbow Joints Corrective Action Programme
- OPSS intervenes following gas hob safety issue
Featured alerts and recalls
Further information on the pictured recalled products can be accessed via the following links:
- Full Body Rock Climbing Harness sold via Fruugo: Risk – injuries
- Mountaineering, Climbing, Abseiling Harness sold via Fruugo: Risk – injuries
- ZWR Half Body Adjustable Climbing Harness sold via Amazon: Risk – injuries
- Babimax ENJOHOS full body climbing harness sold via Amazon: Risk – injuries
- Anti-Fall safety belt / harness for outdoor activities sold via AliExpress: Risk – injuries
- Half Body Rock Climbing Harness sold via e-Bay: Risk – injuries
These are 6 of the 33 climbing harnesses recalled recently.
You can search the list to check products you own are safe and subscribe to email updates for new products added. The three types of alert added to the list are:
- Product recalls – These are for specific products that have been sold in the UK and may require you to act to receive a free replacement, repair or refund from the manufacturer or a retailer.
- Product safety reports – These are for specific products found in the UK where corrective measures other than a recall have either been ordered by an authority or are being undertaken voluntarily by a business.
- Product safety alerts – These highlight product categories or sectors in the UK with risks of serious injury or fatality and where immediate steps are requested by OPSS from businesses, authorities and possibly consumers.
The regulation of product safety in the UK is the responsibility of market surveillance authorities (MSAs), including OPSS and local trading standards authorities. Where MSAs identify that a product is unsafe through investigations, or where they have been notified by a business that a product they have placed on the market is unsafe, this must be notified on the Product Safety Database.
Products which present a serious or high risk and those which have been recalled are published on the above list. MSAs may also submit other products for publication by notifying this to the UK Product Safety Contact Point within the OPSS Incident Management team email@example.com.
If you are a consumer and need to report a dangerous product or seek advice on your consumer rights, please contact Citizens Advice if you are based in England or Wales, Consumer Advice if you are based in Scotland or your local district council if you are based in Northern Ireland.
If you are a business and need to notify your MSA of an unsafe product you have placed on the market, please read the guidance on business notifications of unsafe and noncompliant products.
The PAS 7100:2022 on Product Recall and Other Corrective Actions: Code of Practice is also available:
Access PAS 7100:2022 – BSI website
If you are an MSA and need to add a product to the list, please read the guidance on the notification of unsafe and noncompliant products.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
The OPSS Incident Management Plan is also available:
Please note that this list does not cover food and drink, vehicles, or medicines and medical devices. The following sites contain further information on safety notices and recalls for these products:
- Food Standards Agency Alerts/Food Standards Scotland Alerts
- Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Checker
- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency drugs and medical devices alerts
The OECD Global Recall Portal also provides information on international recalls.