Suppliers can fraudulently mark cables and uninformed buyers can be misled due to the difficulty in checking that the cable they buy meets the specification. It is very difficult to ensure that a particular piece of electrical cable meets the safety standards set by the certification bodies.
Cost pressures on contractors increase the opportunity for unregulated electrical wholesalers to introduce counterfeit electrical installation products into the supply chain.
According to trade body BEAMA, £50,000,000 of counterfeit electrical installation products are brought into the UK annually, creating a considerable life threatening risk to homes and commercial premises.
The type of products commonly counterfeited includes fire safety cable, mains distribution cable and electrical circuit breakers.
Counterfeit circuit breakers that are regulaly seized: