AMDEA signs up to Government safety proposals

19 Feb, 16

Welcoming “Government committed to Product Safety” report

The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Electrical Appliances (AMDEA) has pledged the support of the domestic appliance for the Government’s proposals for a Product Steering Group and online ‘centre of excellence’.

It forms part of the “Government committed to Product Safety”, in response to the report prepared by Lynn Faulds Woods, which was commissioned by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The report backs AMDEA’s assertion that both information sharing and good ownership data ensure safety news reaches the people who need to know and acts on recall advice.

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Chief executive of AMDEA Doug Herbison expressed the hope that the work will strengthen public understanding of the product recall process and prompt more owners to register their appliances.

He commented: “Product safety is paramount to all AMDEA members who have wholeheartedly backed our Register My Appliance initiative since its launch last year. In setting up Register my Appliance, engaging with our members, the public, consumer groups, market surveillance agencies and Government, we have gained invaluable insights which we look forward to sharing.

“We see that Lynn Faulds Wood says in the Foreword to her report that most unsafe products are often linked to counterfeiting and come into the country via cost-cutting suppliers. Any mechanism set up resulting from this review needs to address this issue too.”

AMDEA represents over 85% of the domestic appliance industry and nearly 90% of white goods brands.