The Anti-Counterfeiting Committee is an IFIA Committee and committed to stopping the worldwide proliferation of products bearing counterfeit certification marks that may endanger public health and safety.

Consumers, retailers, regulators and industries worldwide rely on IFIA member certification marks to let them know that a product has been certified to the applicable standard for safety and performance. Counterfeit certification marks deceive buyers into purchasing untested products that may cause serious injury, illness and death. The IFIA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee presents an international, unified front whose combined resources have allied with (law/customs/relevant stakeholders) to help fight counterfeiting on a global level.

History:

On March 17th, 2008 INTERPOL hosted the first Certification Industry Anti-Counterfeiting Summit at their Headquarters in Lyon France. This Summit was designed to discuss relevant issues surrounding counterfeit certification marks and examine possible solutions to combat the international trade in products bearing these illegal marks. Leading certification agencies from around the world attended the Summit and a general consensus was reached to form the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee that will work with INTERPOL and other international law enforcement bodies in combating the international threat of counterfeit certification marks.

Anti-Counterfeiting Committee Primary Objectives:

  • Partnering and cooperation between key stakeholder – certification bodies, brand owners, law enforcement
  • Educating key stakeholders, including law enforcement (customs authorities), legislators, manufacturer and consumer organisation
  • Aligning and adhering to consistent principles as TIC industry in fighting counterfeiting

Member companies:

CSA Group, Control Union, Intertek, SGS, TÜV Rheinland, TÜV SÜD, UL

Additional information:

CERTIFICATION 101 – WHO WE ARE & HOW WE IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE?

Click here for information relating to INTERPOL’s fight against IP Crime.

Click here for information on Operation Overshock – an integrated task force coordinated by INTERPOL in collaboration with the Anti-counterfeiting Committee.