The proposed new Consumer Rights Bill in the UK is speeding through the Parliamentary process and you can see all the comments on the parliamentary website.
The Bill aims to clarify what are the consumer’s “statutory rights” to redress if the goods that they buy are faulty. It will subsume much of the current Sale of Goods legislation in so far as that relates to individual consumers.
The European Consumer Rights Directive is now in force. The UK Regulations to implement it were published last year and the provisions take effect in June. Much of the publicity has related to the extension of the cancellation period for distance sales (to 14 days) but there are definitions, information requirements and specifications on delivery times that apply to all sales.
A draft of a Common European Sales Law has been adopted by the European Parliament, though it is not clear how much progress it will make beyond this stage. This legislation is intended to apply to on-line cross-border sales as a second contract law regime within the national law of each Member State. Its use would be optional and businesses could choose to use their own national sales law instead.