TIC Council has released Guidance on the Implementation of the UK Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure.

The UK’s consumer connectable product security regime came into force on 29 April 2024. The law now requires manufacturers of UK consumer connectable products (or ‘smart’ products) to comply with the relevant obligations set out in the Act, which include ensuring that they and their products meet the relevant minimum security requirements.

The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) Act’s product security regime is the first in the world to require basic cybersecurity protections before connected consumer products can enter the UK market for sale. The legislation covers a wide range of consumer electronics featuring connectivity features, including smartphones, cameras, televisions, speakers, toys, home automation systems or medical devices featuring software.

Members of TIC Council are working closely with manufacturers to help them prepare for and comply with the PSTI Act. TIC Council has sought advice from the UK Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) on how the Act should be interpreted. This Guidance is the resulting publication.