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Guidance Leaflets

Leaflets on a number of topics have been prepared by Aberdeenshire Council to assist businesses comply with the law. These are listed below.

There are a further selection of leaflets available on the Trading Standards Central website.


A guide to Cons, Scams and Swindles affecting small businesses.




A guide to various Trading Standards legislation including product safety affecting small scale crafters and makers of home made products.



Doorstep Selling

A guide to the Doorstep Selling Regulations

Doorstep Selling


top of pageCredit Advertising Rules

From October 31st 2004 the old Consumer Credit Advertising Regulations will cease to apply to credit advertisements. The old rules setting out information to be contained in Simple, Intermediate and Full adverts will go completely. In their place come the Consumer Credit (Advertisements) Regulations 2004.


Distance Selling Regulations 2000

The Distance Selling Regulations give certain rights to consumers when they shop from home - regardless of whether the shopping is done by phone, mail order, fax, digital television or over the Internet.

Distance Selling

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Businesses who advertise or sell goods or services online must provide the customer with the following information: the full name and geographic address of the business; contact details including an email address.


Animal Feed Hygiene

The Feed (Hygiene & Enforcement)(Scotland) Regulations 2005 exist to ensure that the food chain is further protected:

  • firstly, by making sure that additives, premixtures and the feeding stuffs which incorporate them are manufactured under controlled conditions;
  • secondly, by ensuring that the supply of such products can easily be traced in the unlikely event of a problem.

Guide to food producers

Property Misdescriptions

Current legislation requires estate agents and property developers to describe property in a truthful and transparent manner. Not only must descriptions not be misleading but material information must also be disclosed to customers.

TGL.Estate Agents

top of pageTextile Products (Indications of Fibre Content) Regulations 1986

The regulations apply to any person who supplies or offers to supply textile products, in the course of a trade or business, in the United Kingdom. Also covered are advertisements intended for retail customers where the advertisements describe the textile product or products in enough detail to enable the products to be ordered.


Weights and Measures Act

Most packages sold in the UK must comply with the 'average quantity system' of weights and measures. Controls are applied principally at the point of production or importation, with strict tolerances to ensure that the average contents of a group of packages is at least the quantity stated on the label.

Average Quantity

Doorstep Selling

With effect from 1 October 2008 new regulations to protect consumers and simplify the law came into force.

The 'Cancellation of Contracts Made in a Consumer's Home or Place of Work etc Regulations 2008' (the new Regulations) are aimed at traders who enter into a contract with a consumer at their home or workplace. They also cover contracts made at another individual's home or on an excursion organised by the trader away from their business premises.

Doorstep Selling

More information can be found on the BERR website

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Legislation prohibits the sale of certain products to persons under certain ages. The following is designed to guide you through the requirements of the law and assist in compliance.

Under Age Sales

Video Recordings Act 2010

The packaging of any DVD or video cassette must comply with these requirements and they should not be supplied to anyone under the stated age (to be read in conjunction with the leaflet on Age Related Products).

Video Recordings Act


Hallmarking Act

Goods made from gold, silver and platinum must be hallmarked- this leaflet provides guidance on how the regulations apply;


Packaging ( Essential Requirements) 2003

Manufactureres and packers of all kinds of goods must take the regulations in to account which could not only reduce packing costs but also protect the environment.