Make sure it's the real deal
23 January 2013
The health and safety industry has seen a huge increase in fake Safety Certificates over the last year with well established brands and notified bodies (authorised test houses) being the primary targets. In conjunction with the notified bodies, we have established links with Government to highlight fake and incorrect certificates and have these removed.
To the untrained, unknowing eye these certificates can appear genuine which can lead to fake and illegal products being purchased. The dangers of this are clear; buying fake safety equipment can be life threatening if it fails to do the job it was purchased to do and could expose an organisation to the risk of prosecution.
The BSIF has been receiving alarming numbers of fake certificates over the last few months. As a result of this we have produced a CE Certificate Checklist.
The checklist has been designed to help users differentiate between an authentic certificate and a fake one, whilst also offering guidance in terms of what to look for if you think a certificate might be a fake.
To view examples of fake certificates that have been highlighted to us, please visit the BSIF website where we have uploaded a large selection. The CE Safety Certificate checklist is also available to download: www.bsif.co.uk