Trading Standards Institute - Consumer affairs
The Trading Standards Institute
Trading Standards Institute (formerly the Institute of Trading Standards
Administration - ITSA) is a professional association formed in 1881.
It represents Trading Standards professionals in the United Kingdom
and overseas - in local authorities, the business and consumer sectors
and in central government. It exists to promote and protect the
success of a modern vibrant economy, and to safeguard the health,
safety and wellbeing of citizens by enhancing the professionalism
of members in support of empowering consumers, encouraging honest
business and targeting rogue traders.
performs an important and influencing role in engaging with, and
making representations to, Government, UK and EU Parliamentary institutions,
and key stakeholders in the local government, community, business
and consumer sectors, and other regulatory agencies. TSI aims to
sustain and improve consumer protection, health and wellbeing, together
with the reinforcement of fair markets, facilitating business competitiveness
aims to ensure that members achieve and adhere to the high standards
of conduct and discipline essential to their significant and demanding
public role - those who enforce the legislation must, themselves,
be seen to be beyond reproach.
encourages the exchange of ideas, professional views, experience
and lively debate between members, to their mutual benefit and greater
effectiveness. To this end, it commissions, through the College
of Fellows, research in appropriate fields of study and publishes
reports of the findings.
in consumer education, empowerment and advice, TSI informs and educates
both current and future consumers through events such as National
Consumer Week and the Young Consumers of the Year Competition.
TS Today, published monthly for more than a hundred years, keeps
practitioners and students up-to-date with consumer affairs and
trading standards news and views with topical issues, briefings,
interviews and more, and includes additional technical articles
and law reports.
TSI has five broad corporate aims:
strengthen the Institute’s influence and value by developing
its member base
build beneficial partnerships that assist Trading Standards and
those that depend on its effectiveness
raise the profile of Trading Standards
enable members to continuously develop their competencies and
To capture and share intelligence and information to the added
benefit of fair markets and consumer protection