About the Journal of Trading Standards

The magazine of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute

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The Journal of Trading Standards is a magazine and website focusing on consumer protection and trading standards produced by and for the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI).

CTSI is the not-for-profit membership organisation for trading standards in the UK with the stated aims of promoting and protecting the success of a modern vibrant economy, and safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of citizens by enhancing the professionalism of its members.

The bi-annual magazine and website combine articles from academics and barristers, with updates and insight from leading professionals, alongside deep, analytical features from its team of seasoned business journalists and regular columns from experts in consumer affairs like Watchdog and Rogue Traders presenter Matt Allwright.

The magazine and website are produced on contract by Fourth Estate Creative Ltd.

What is the audience for the Journal?

The printed magazine is distributed to CTSI members and the digital editions are available only through the member’s area of the site. Copies of the magazine are also delivered to every MP and Lord in the Houses of Parliament, and a limited number are distributed to businesses and organisations across the UK.

All other online content, including our popular podcast are free to access.

Compliance is increasingly becoming an indispensable support service, like finance, law or IT, that underpins best practice for every company and organisation, and interest in the topic is growing. We encourage everyone, but especially businesses, to keep up to date with our content by subscribing to our podcast, email newsletter or social media accounts on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook

At this time of shortfalls in public services and growing concern around consumer protection it is right that these debates become more prominently public.

The Journal of Trading Standards takes the lead in communicating not only to CTSI members and the wider profession dispersed across the UK, but also to a broader audience of interested professionals and businesses.

Why does trading standards matter?

Trading standards services, like insurance, only reveal their value when they are really needed. To show how important the work of the profession really is, we created a film to remind us what it can look like when compliance fails.

Trading Standards

In the Face of Crisis
Watch the film here.