Industry Recommended Training for Engineers

Engineers and managers without Product Liability Training are ill-equipped to understand and manage the risk of liability claims, which may be caused by errors and omissions in the product design and manufacturing processes, or the way the product is marketed.

This one day course presented by Phil Stunell is designed for engineers and managers with no previous legal training, who may be responsible for the design, manufacture or marketing of products that could cause loss or injury.

Developed and presented for engineers by an engineer with industrial experience, this industry recommended course provides a practical introduction to the principles of civil, criminal and contract law, showing how they converge when defective products are found.

Explaining the Law

Working from first principles and using real case studies we show how the law has developed and what it means for producers, suppliers and consumers in global markets.

Delegates will learn how they can reduce the risk Product Liability Claims as they discover:-

  • What is their General Duty of Care
  • What makes a product defective
  • Who is responsible for product defects
  • How they can prevent product defects and potential claims
  • What to do when they discover a defect or potential defect, in Europe or the USA
  • What happens if somebody makes a claim against them
  • The evidence required to make or defend a claim
  • How to avoid common mistakes when preparing records and other documents

Practical Guidance for Engineers

Delegates will also explore how to:-

  • Anticipate and prevent product defects, using the quality management tools and techniques embedded the ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16049:2016 Quality Management Systems to drive improvements in product design and manufacturing quality.
  • Record and communicate their concerns about product liability issues in order to eliminate potential defects

Secure and Confidential

Delivered as in-house training for groups of up to 20 delegates this course will enable delegates to develop a common understanding of their legal responsibilities, with the freedom to discuss sensitive and confidential information during the practical workshop sessions

Book Now

To arrange your in-house Product Liability Training for your engineering management team call +44 (0)1772 452240 or contact Phil Stunell now

Client Testimonials

Stunell Technology has delivered Product Liability Training for clients in the UK, Europe and USA since 2004, and this course was awarded Industry Recommended Status by the Automotive Academy in 2005.

Matt Snelson, former European Quality Director of Ti Automotive. said

"Stunell Technology ran a series of Product Liability Training courses across four of our European sites, for 90 employees, to ensure that our engineers, account managers, and directors had a sound understanding of automotive legislation. The course covered the US TREAD Act, NHTSA and European legal aspects, from a very real case study engineering basis. Phil Stunell used break-out groups and discussions to engage all participants. Extremely useful, and managed very well across language barriers."


Legal Notice

We strongly recommend that you obtain legal advice from a qualified lawyer if you are involved in or contemplating any form of legal action.

Stunell Technology is an engineering and management consultancy that works with producers to prevent product defects that could result in claims against them. As engineering consultants we help our clients identify and manage technical and commercial risks, and work with our clients to establish effective risk management systems. We are engineers who understand the product liability law - we are not lawyers and we do not offer legal advice.

Although Stunell Technology is unable to provide legal advice, we may under some circumstances provide an engineering opinion or act as an expert witness in litigation.

Information on this website is published for educational purposes only and may not be complete, accurate or applicable in your circumstances, it is not provided as legal advice and you should not rely upon it when contemplating any form of legal action.

Stunell Technology's liability for any errors or omissions in the information published on this web site is limited to any payment received from the reader.

For more information please contact Phil Stunell

Product Liability For Producers and Suppliers

As a Producer, you may be become legally liable for any loss or injury caused by your 'defective products'. In Europe, the European Product Liability Directives (85/374/EEC and 1999/34/EC) and national legislation in each member state have been developed  to 'protect consumer rights', and these place an obligations on you, as a producer or supplier, to ensure that your products are 'as safe as reasonably practical'.

The European Product Liability Directives define:-

  • When a product should be considered defective
  • Who is responsible when defective products are supplied
  • The consumer's rights to compensation for loss or injury
  • The arguments that you, as a producer, may use to defend yourselves against claims for compensation

Under the European Directives your liability is not limited to items that you manufacture, but extends to:-

  • Any item you import into the European Union
  • Any Item or product that is marketed as your product or carries your brand markings
  • All component parts incorporated in your product,
  • Any product that incorporates your component parts

However producers may the also face claims for compensation under the Law of Negligence, based on the principle of your Duty of Care from:-

  • Commercial organisations, that can not claim for damage to 'commercial property' under the EU Product Liability Directives.
  • Consumers in Europe who may also be making a claim under the European Product Liability Directives
  • Consumers in other markets who are not protected by the EU Directives

The European General Product Safety 2001/95/EC also requires all suppliers (including producers) to take reasonable care to prevent the sale or use of unsafe products, and makes it a criminal offence to knowingly supply unsafe products.

Companies that discover that they that have supplied defective products are required to take action to remove the risk to public safety and must comply with regulations that govern product recall procedures in each market.

Particular care must be taken if any products you supply are distributed or used in the USA, or incorporated in products sold there, because they have strict reporting requirements and a more aggressive legal environment.

In the USA:-

Engineers and managers responsible for the product design, production or marketing need to understand the law and adopt a pro-active approach to risk management, in order to avoid potential litigation and prosecution. Stunell Technology provides  Product Liability Training for engineers and managers who need to understand the law, enabling them to adopt a pro-active risk management, based on the use of an effective quality management system that:-

  • Prevents the supply of defective products
  • Provides the evidence required to defend spurious or malicious claims

Our Industry Recommend Training for engineers by engineers, will introduce and explain;-

  • The relationship between Civil and Criminal and Contract law
  • How Contract Terms and Conditions, agreed with supply chain partners may influence your legal liability
  • Your duty of Duty of Care and how to avoid Claims of Negligence
  • How you can use an Effective Quality Management System, supported by Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)  and FMEA's to identify control and eliminate the causes of failure in product design and manufacturing process
  • The European Product Liability Directives including;-
    • What is  a defective product?
    • Who can make a claim under the EU directive?
    • What must they prove to succeed?
    • What can they claim for? 
    • What is Strict Liability?
    • Who is responsible for defective products?
    • What is meant by Joint Liability?
    • The permitted defence arguments - why you may not be liable
  • The legal process and 'rights of discovery'
  • The US experience, including
    • The concept of punitive damages
    • The introduction of the TREAD ACT and it's impact
  • The effect of the effect of the new EU General Product Safety Directive

Our training is intended for engineers and managers, responsible for the design, production or marketing of products for 'global markets' and is therefore delivered by an engineer with over 20 years experience in the automotive industry. Using 'real examples' to illustrate the legal principles, we show how 'good practice' minimises the risk of loss or injury and eliminates the risk of future litigation. 

Training is normally delivered as 'in-house' courses, allowing delegates to discuss sensitive and confidential issues as they apply the legal principles to their own business situation.

For further information contact us now!