The bailiwick of Guernsey will be brought into line with the rest of the UK’s Trading Standards rules in October following a vote to adopt fair trading legislation as previously recommended by Citizens Advice.
The new Trading Standards Fair Trading Ordinance will be enacted on 2 October and will apply to the islands of Guernsey, Herm and Jethou.
The legislation will codify consumer protection rules and put in place minimum requirements for traders to meet. It covers consumer rights and contracts for the supply of goods, digital content and services; unfair terms in consumer contracts; unfair commercial practices; information and cancellation rights, and rights regarding additional charges; and product safety.
Deputy Rob Prow, President of the States of Guernsey Committee for Home Affairs, said: “The States of Guernsey directed in 2016 that consumer protection legislation be prepared, so I am pleased that we have now been able to do that with the Ordinance now coming into place this year.
“I would also like to thank the officers who have worked hard to develop this piece of work, which brings us in line with the UK. Consumer rights and standards for businesses to work to are both important, and it is equally important that our Trading Standards team have the powers to enforce these requirements.”
In preparation for enactment of the legislation, the States of Guernsey has published guidance to help traders understand the new rules.