Second hand electrical goods

The Charity Retail Association has always provided our members with comprehensive guidance on the sale of second hand electrical goods. This was most recently updated in February 2018 and can be found on this pdf.

Broadly, our advice is that charity retailers should do everything possible to ensure second hand items are safe. For example, whilst it is not a legal requirement for a charity shop to check for a CE marking on second hand electrical products, we realise that many charity shops will not have personnel who are qualified to make a decision regarding an item’s safety. Therefore, we would strongly advise shops to only sell items with a CE marking to eliminate any risks.

To add to this guidance, we recently sought additional information from our certified Primary Authority partners at Salford City Council around the sale of electrical items which have been donated to a shop as “new”.

This advice is now available on the dedicated policy guidance section of our website.