When someone joins the Guild, they are asked to produce copies of their product safety assessments. We do not retain this information once checked for confidentiality reasons and they are deleted once an application is completed. These documents have to be issued and signed by a qualified safety assessor. In some cases, your clients prefer not to share those documents so in those cases we will accept confirmation from an assessor, via their business email or letter headed business correspondence, that they have certified an applicant’s products.
We accept that assessors are very busy but we would ask that you respond to such requests from your clients!
It is very important to note that the regulations place onus on the responsible person for ensuring that their chosen assessor is both appropriately qualified and experienced to provide product safety assessments. This responsibility cannot be outsourced to a third party.
It is up to safety assessors to verify and stand by their own qualifications and experience and customers should carry out their own checks prior to entering into any contracts. The checks that we carry out are very basic and may not stand up to scrutiny by statutory authorities. Any claims that the Guild has validated someone’s qualifications are false and should be reported to us.
The Guild is first and foremost a peer support network, not a professional or trade body and does not operate as such.