The Enforcement Digest
What is it?
Enforcement Digest is intended as an aide memoir to assist officers recalling
the fine detail of legislation.
It takes the format of a looseleaf binder which contains a digest of the main legislation enforced by Trading Standards enforcement staff. It includes sections on Food Labelling (including the Eggs Regulations) which may also be of interest to Environmental Health staff.
is concise, making it as light as possible to carry; and in note form, making it
easy to read.
Who is it for?
It is intended primarily for field practitioners, but may be of some interest to office-based staff who require ready access to a distilled version of the legislation.
The Enforcement Digest is split into five Editions, four of which each cover a discrete area of legislation; the fifth edition sets out officers' powers relevant to each piece of legislation referred to in the Safety, Metrology and Fair Trading Editions. Notes on officers' powers under Food Labelling legislation appear in that Edition.
The five editions are:
The Fair Trading Edition is subdivided into:
What's not included
It does not include matters not enforced by field staff, such as the duties of packing centres under the 'Eggs Regs', or equipment not sold for private use under the Machinery Safety Regulations.
legislation, such as specific requirements in REACH, Cosmetic Products, and Firework labelling, is
so detailed that it cannot be distilled into a format suitable for carrying
around on everyday duties. Such legislation has been deliberately omitted from
In order to save space and improve clarity, revoked legislation is deleted.
Digest does not generally interpret law. However, some legislation is so complex
that its meaning is unclear or ambiguous and in these circumstances the Digest
interprets the law in favour of the trader, thus minimising the risk that an
officer will require a trader to do more
than the law requires. For this reason, any traders referring to the Digest
should be aware that officers working directly from legislation may legitimately
require a higher level of compliance than is indicated in the Digest.