Chartered Trading Standards Institute is a professional membership association formed in 1881. It represents trading standards professionals working in the UK and overseas – in local authorities, the business and consumer sectors and in central government.

Chartered Trading Standards Institute exists to:

  • Promote and protect the success of a modern vibrant economy
  • To safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of citizens by enhancing the professionalism of its members

Trading standards services are delivered by your local authority:






By staying within the law and you’ll reduce the risk of legal action and costly mistakes, and it can also increase customer satisfaction.

To help you keep within the law there are various free online resources full of useful and important information. Free and impartial business guidance is available from these websites:

Law Donut – All aspects of law affecting your business

Business Companion – Trading Standards

Talk to Reg – Talk to an appropriate local authorities and government contacts to help you on subjects such as trading standards and environmental health