OPSS product safety alerts and reports of products posing a risk to the health and safety of consumers.
Market surveillance authorities, including the Office for Product Safety and Standards and Local Authority Trading Standards, have responsibility for regulating product safety in the UK.
The Product Safety Database (PSD) is used by UK market surveillance authorities to notify unsafe and noncompliant products, including those that present a risk to the health and safety of consumers.
This page includes Product Safety Alerts issued by the Office for Product Safety and Standards to draw attention to the most serious risks, where issues have been identified across entire product categories or sectors.
Individual products that have been investigated and found to present a risk to the health and safety of consumers can also be found below in the Unsafe Product Reports which are published weekly. These reports include products notified on the PSD by a market surveillance authority, notified to the OPSS Incident Management Team and validated.
Product Safety Alerts
OPSS issues Product Safety Alerts where it is necessary to alert other stakeholders to the risks of serious injury or fatality relating to use of consumer products available on the UK market and where immediate action is required.
19 May 2021 - Product Safety Alert 1 - Small, High-Powered Magnetic Products
The Office for Product Safety and Standards has undertaken an investigation into small high-powered magnets in products where they can easily be swallowed and which may appeal to small children and can pose a general safety risk to consumers. Consumers, local authority trading standards services and businesses are asked to be alert to the potential dangers of accessible small magnets in products and take action, where appropriate.
Unsafe Product Reports
The unsafe product reports above provide details of products found to. pose a risk to the health and safety of consumers by a market surveillance authority. MSAs notify unsafe and noncompliant products to the Office for Product Safety and Standards using the Product Safety Database which supports the sharing of information. MSAs can request details of products notified on the PSD are included on unsafe product reports by OPSS.
If you are a consumer and want to report a dangerous product as a consumer, please contact Citizens Advice.
The unsafe product reports do 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: