UK Trading Standards Offices

Trading Standards operate across the UK, usually created by local authorities and councils in various areas across the country.

They enforce criminal laws intended to protect consumers, honourable businesses, and the general public, and provide advice to consumers who have problems with goods or services they have bought.

Trading standards offices assist consumers and businesses by ensuring that products sold by businesses are of a satisfactory quality to their consumers to promote a healthy and prosperous economy in the UK.

Factors for ‘satisfactory quality’ products include whether the product is fit for the purpose that it was advertised for and whether the product matches the seller’s description of it.

Trading standards departments also promote and encourage businesses to use sustainable and renewable materials and methods in their products to protect the environment, as well as providing advice to consumers to help them avoid scams.

This site can help you to find your local trading standards office – visit our Trading Standards Directory to search.

We can also give you information on how Trading Standards work and how they can help you.