Canadian Manufacturing

Counterfeit safety marks affect competitive landscape for manufacturers

CSA Group puts anti-counterfeiting measures front and centre during fraud prevention month



—Sponsored article by CSA Group

March is International Fraud Prevention Month and CSA Group, a leader in public safety, testing and certification, dedicates considerable focus to anti-counterfeiting measures that help prevent fraudulent use of certification marks.

These measures not only help to protect consumers who believe they are purchasing reliably tested and certified products, but they also help to ensure the competitive edge for manufacturers who use legitimate testing and certification services.

The Global Brand Protection Team at CSA Group is dedicated to the investigation and reporting of incidents involving products that may be unauthorized to bear the CSA mark.

“CSA Group has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards counterfeits,” says Terry Hunter, Manager of Anti-Counterfeiting at CSA Group “We continually monitor the use and application of the CSA mark in ports, factories, retail environments and online, and provides opportunities for anyone to report suspect counterfeit marks online.”

In addition, CSA Group offers several important services related to combatting counterfeit marks. From clearly explaining our various marks and labels, to providing education and training on mark awareness, we recognize anti-counterfeiting measures as critical to the safety of users and supporting a level playing field for manufacturers.

We also provide a convenient online resource for importers and distributors who are sourcing CSA certified products via searching the Certified Product Listing (CPL). Products found in the CPL are verified CSA certified.

CSA Group is a founding member of the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN) and works in cooperation with other stakeholders to bring the issue of the hazards posed by counterfeits to the attention of government, the legal community, law enforcement and the Canadian public in order to raise awareness and enact positive changes. CSA Group is also a member of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, an association of certification organizations that is partnered with INTERPOL called CIAC – the Certification Industry Against Counterfeiting.

CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.

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