20th January 2021

New construction regulator announced

A new construction industry regulator has been established following the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower tragedy.


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Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team
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CTSI welcomes the announcement that OPSS will be taking a greater role in construction products regulation and looks forward to working closely with OPSS

CTSI has welcomed the government’s announcement that it will establish a national regulator to ensure the materials used to build homes will be made safer.

The new regulator will have powers to remove products from the market which present significant safety risks and prosecute companies that ignore product safety rules.

The regulator has been set up in response to the findings of the Grenfell Inquiry, which revealed dishonest and dangerous practices undertaken by some construction manufacturers. It will operate within the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), which is being expanded with up to £10m in new funding to support the new regulator’s work.

Phil Owen, CTSI Service Director Profession Relationships, said: “CTSI welcomes the announcement that OPSS will be taking a greater role in construction products regulation and looks forward to working closely with OPSS to support trading standards in their work in this area.

“We also welcome OPSS’s next steps to engage with trading standards colleagues who have carried out work in this area to learn from their experiences and inform how they can work together going forward.”

CTSI Executive Director, Paul Ramsden, said: “Regulating this market is hugely important for both consumers and businesses and it is something that CTSI not only welcomes but has pressed for. The effect of non-compliance with construction product standards has been catastrophic, and we are pleased that the positivity that OPSS has brought to Product Safety enforcement and standards is recognised. We look forward to engaging further with OPSS as they develop this new role.”