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  • Canadian Hydronics Council
  • Industrial Pipe, Valve & Fittings Council
  • Plumbing Industry Advisory Council
CIPH joined the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN) in 2007. Since then the Institute has executed a number of initiatives to increase awareness of counterfeit equipment concerns amongst the plumbing and heating industry, and its professionals.

The CACN is a non-profit coalition of stakeholders that has united in the fight against product counterfeiting and copyright piracy in Canada and internationally. Members include broad-based organizations and companies from a range of industries as well as law firms representing intellectual property rights holders.

CACN's mission is to significantly reduce and ultimately eliminate the manufacturing, importation, distribution and sale of counterfeit products in Canada via public education, training of law enforcement, and lobbying for legislative change and increased enforcement resources.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

Some indicators that a product is counterfeit include:
 
  • the price being much lower than average;
  • spelling mistakes on the products or packaging;
  • products that are normally sold in packages being sold individually;
  • shoddy appearance of the product or package;
  • odd or out of place certification markings or incorrect markings;
  • no linkage to a certification body's listing site for the product; and/or
  • products (particularly components) with no name brand.

In addition, if you buy products from a reputable source, there's less chance they will be counterfeit.

CIPH HAS CREATED A NUMBER OF RELEVANT TOOLS TO COMBAT AGAINST COUNTERFEITING INCLUDING:

CIPH maintains a current listing of relevant certification markings to aid wholesale distributors, retailers and inspectors to identify plumbing, heating and water treatment products that are currently certified for use in Canada. Products that do not bear one of the following marks may not be appropriate for sale and installation in all jurisdictions and in some cases may create health and safety issues.

The Plumbing Industry Advisory Council (PIAC) has developed a reporting website to investigate, understand and move forward any concerns member companies or stakeholders may have with respect to certification organizations, issues with markings and their relevance to the plumbing code. If you have questions about product markings or codes the Certifications Organizations Due Diligence (CODD) Taskforce is your first stop at CIPH.

To find out more about CODD.