Welcome to the official website of the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO) and National Trading Standards

ACTSO is the single membership organisation representing senior Trading Standards Managers from councils across England and Wales. ACTSO is focussed on providing effective leadership at the national level while supporting members to lead their services both locally and regionally.

Landmark report from the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers reveals for the first time the value delivered by local trading standards services

Over 20 million illegal products including more than 15 million potentially dangerous cigarettes have been detained by local trading standards services in the last year, a new report from the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers has revealed. The findings are announced in a new report, which for the first time calculates the impact and value delivered in a single year by local trading standards services in England and Wales. Local trading standards services are based in Local Authorities with the purpose of protecting consumers and supporting legitimate businesses.

The report finds that local trading standards services prevented at least £42 million worth of consumer harm in 2018/19, as well as prosecuting in excess of 1,100 people for criminal offences. A total of more than 317 years’ worth of prison sentences (108 years suspended) were also handed down to criminals as a result of prosecutions by local trading standards services.

Click here to download the full report.

Click Here to download the infographic.

For ACTSO enquiries only contact margaret.humphreys@actso.org.uk 

National Trading Standards

National Trading Standards delivers national and regional consumer protection enforcement. Its Board is made up of senior and experienced heads of local government trading standards from around England and Wales with an independent Chair. Its purpose is to protect consumers and safeguard legitimate businesses by tackling serious national and regional consumer protection issues and organised criminality and by providing a “safety net” to limit unsafe consumer goods entering the UK and protecting food supplies by ensuring the animal feed chain is safe. The National Trading Standards Board is supported by a Programme Office which is provided by ACTSO Ltd who employ staff to support the work of the Board.

National Trading Standards website, http://www.nationaltradingstandards.uk provides public information about National Trading Standards, its work areas, the latest news from the teams, details of recent campaigns and investigations, and useful resources. It signposts consumers and businesses to advice and guidance from consumer protection partners.

For press enquiries to do with the work of the Board please contact: press@nationaltradingstandards.co.uk .

Please note: We do not respond to queries/complaints from members of the public: please go to Citizens Advice 0345 404 0506 or their website.

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