Guidance for Trading Standards

The Illicit Tobacco Partnership, along with colleagues in Trading Standards and the wider tobacco control community, has developed guidance designed to help local Trading Standards teams deliver tobacco control policies in line with the UK’s legal obligations as a party to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC requires parties to protect public health policies with respect to tobacco control ‘from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry,’ the interests of which are diametrically opposed to those working towards improvements in public health.

The document articulates the legal obligations placed on public authorities by the Treaty and illustrates established best practice for those working in this sector.

The Guidance for Trading Standards on Article 5.3 is available to view here and has been endorsed by:

  • Chartered Trading Standards Institute
  • Regional Trading Standards organisations in North East and North West of England
  • Action on Smoking and Health
  • Public Health England
  • Cancer Research UK

We hope that local Trading Standards departments and other tobacco control and public health colleagues will find the document useful in protecting their organisations and their public health policies from the vested interests of the tobacco industry.

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