On 7 March 2019, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy launched a call for evidence on its review of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (“the Regulations”).

The call for evidence acknowledges that the Regulations a largely derived from the European Consumer Rights Directive and are subject to maximum harmonisation but nevertheless seeks input on:

  • Whether the Regulations achieve their objective;
  • Whether any requirements in the Regulations are outdated;
  • Whether new requirements should be introduced to the Regulations;
  • The appropriateness of existing timing and format requirements;
  • The existing approach of leaving traders to determine the “main characteristics” of the goods or services and whether this is appropriate;
  • Whether the Regulations should be expanded to other industries;
  • Whether 14 days is an appropriate withdrawal period;
  • The appropriateness of the current rules setting out the extension to the withdrawal period and the exemptions from the righto withdraw.

Responses are due by 1 May 2019.

The call for evidence can be read here: Call for evidence on Consumer Contracts Regualtions