Can anybody advise on the application of legislation and directives in UK? I was hoping to set up my own product design company someday and I would like to be able to design any type of product in any industry. A friend of mine has suggested that a major stumbling point will the legislations governing product design. And that every product will be governed by some legislation. He advised that my company would be non-competitive as I would have to factor in purchasing, reading and applying 200-250 page legislations each time we worked on a different product. During my career I have worked in a variety of industries although it has mainly been for larger organisations and maybe I have been shielded from â€˜legislationâ€™ in some respects. The companies I have worked for usually specialised in one field and often there was a particular British Standard that we worked to. I have always been provided the applicable standard I need to work to. If I set up my own company, I guess I would need to establish what legislation was applicable for each project. I have an example, while at university as part of the course we had to design and build an office chair. The main purpose of the project was for us to perform structural mechanics calculations for the frame work. After graduation my friend tried to market his chair and approached a small online retailer. The retailer liked the chair (I didnâ€™t), but refused to sell this chair as he couldnâ€™t prove it met the necessary legislation (I laughed! Legislation for a chair!). He explained that he could show all the loading calculations including safety factors but the retailer said thatâ€™s not important, however as the chair had some fabric surfaces, he must prove the material is fire resistant and it must be labelled correctly. They said that it is illegal to sell furniture that does not have this label. My friend gave up in the end. But having thought about this, what would have happened if my friend had not had such big ambitions, not gone to the retailer and just sold this chair on eBay. In a yearsâ€™ time will he have the police knocking at his door saying there was a fire in a building which started on his furniture somebody died and he is going to prison? Surely this is not the case! How would my friend (and me eventually) know that his product needs to be fire proof? And would it really have been â€˜illegalâ€™ (meaning a directive) or just not a standard this retailer works to? Then if there is legislation that furniture needs to conform to then doesnâ€™t that mean it will be CE marked? I have checked the chair I am sitting on and it is not CE marked. Is it true that there is legislation for every single product on the market? Say I wanted to design a non-spill cup or a plastic sink tap. I could understand that there might be some legislation saying you canâ€™t make these out of poisonous materials. But who governs it? How would I know? I have just had a quick look on the British standard website and I canâ€™t find any standards on cup design. (As I expected). Can anybody provide a rough guide on where and when â€˜legislationâ€™ applies?