Regulations

Trading Standards

In addition to complying with some key legal requirements which apply when advertising and/or selling online, existing trading standards laws relating to business names, unfair trading practices and contracts for goods and services will also apply. Confirmation of having looked at the Trading Standards legislation and compliance to the Trading Standard regulations are included in the Middlesbrough Matters Directory Terms and Conditions (link to T&C's)
 
There are three sets of regulations that apply specifically to trading online:


The Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulation 2002

This applies to all websites that promote a business activity with one exception for very simple websites. 

For more information please go to: eCommerce & Distance Selling (link to http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2002/2013/contents/made)


The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 
For more information please go to
The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 (link to http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2000/2334/contents/made)


Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008
For more information please go to Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2008/1277/contents/made)


Additional Regulations not exclusive to online trading:

The Cancellation of Contracts Made in a Consumers Home or Place of Work etc. Regulations 2008
For more information please go to Cancellation of Contracts Concluded in a Customer's Home or Place of Works etc Regulations (link to http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2008/1816/contents/made)


Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982
For more information please go to Supply of Goods & Services (link to http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1982/29)

If you want more detailed advice please contact your local Trading Standards at:

Telephone number: 08454 04 05 06


If you are a food establishment, e.g. preparing meals, you may need to register with the Environmental Health Service for a food hygiene inspection to be carried out. 

For more information please go to Food Safety (link to http://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2314)