17 April 2018
Counterfeit goods are threatening consumers’ health and safety. The public needs to be made aware of the risks faced, by buying or using fake goods: the Director General for the Anti-Counterfeiting Group calls for more support, as a major study on counterfeit goods is underway and the ACG Annual Report 2017 is published.
Alison Statham, Director General at the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) today called on Government to do more to raise public awareness of the dangers to our health and safety, as the number of fake goods entering the UK continues to rise.
“ACG has long been concerned with the growth in fake goods, that have the potential to harm consumers’ health and safety and has been battling to raise greater awareness of the threat. Our Annual Report highlights just some of the work we have been doing to raise the issue, but we know it’s not enough. That’s why we’re pleased the European Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory on IP Infringements is carrying out a major study on counterfeit goods that threaten the health of consumers. The results should convince the Government that they need to do more.”
The study will look at around 17 different types of products that have been known to place consumers at risk, including fake pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, electrical household products and toys.
“Counterfeit goods represent around 3% of world trade; around $461 billion. That’s the combined value of goods and services produced by Ireland and the Czech Republic.
“A recent EU Customs report has already confirmed that, of over 41 million articles detained at UK borders, almost 35% of them were potentially dangerous to our health and safety. These were goods we use daily; food, drink, body care items, medicines, household electrical goods and toys”.
The ACG’s Annual Report highlights the main initiatives and activities the group has focused on over the last twelve months. These included; influencing and advising policymakers, sharing information and intelligence with enforcement agencies; training HM Customs, Border Force, Trading Standards and Police officers; and seizing £millions of counterfeit goods.
A copy of the Annual Report can also be downloaded from the Publications area of the ACG website https://a-cg.org/publications
ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.
Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.