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Government to set up building products watchdog

An independent National Construction Products Regulator is set to be established following damaging revelations at the Grenfell Inquiry that highlighted allegations of deeply disturbing industry malpractice for all to see. The new body will be formed within the Office for Product Safety and Standards, which will be handed £10 million to establish its new function.

The regulator will have the power to remove any product from the market if it presents a safety risk and can prosecute companies who ‘flout the rules’ on product safety.

It will also be able to test products as part of investigations into whether materials are being wrongly sold as safe or as meeting a specific standard.

The new body is separate from the Building Safety Regulator, which is being set up as part of the Health and Safety Executive and already exists in shadow form. However, the government said the two regulators would work together.

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