Primary Authority Partnership
Primary authorities provide robust, bespoke advice that must be respected by all other local regulators in the UK. This enables businesses to invest with confidence in products, practices and procedures, knowing that the resources they devote to compliance are well spent.
The BTHA has had a primary authority partnership with Milton Keynes for some years. However, the primary authority scheme changed on 1 October 2017 and in August 2017 the BTHA signed a new agreement with Milton Keynes Council and entered into a coordinated primary authority partnership under the new scheme.
The objective for BTHA membership of the scheme is to get certain generic guidance documents already produced for members ‘assured’. When advice or documents are assured by a primary authority, under certain circumstances, members following the guidance can be defended against any legal action within the UK. Toys (Safety) Regulations Guides 1-9 have been assured under the Primary Authority Scheme. Any BTHA assured documents have an additional page highlighting this feature.
The level of assurance that these documents can give individual members is detailed below.