What happens, if your business inadvertently buys and resells fake products - or fake parts which you insert into your finished products?
In addition to sanctions from right holders and/or the police, it can also be dangerous for the consumers!
It can be difficult to distinguish counterfeit and pirated products from the original products. The producers of counterfeit and pirated products have become better at imitating the appearance of the products. At the same time, it is no longer only luxury goods that are counterfeited. Today, almost all product types are at risk of being counterfeited.
There are many requirements for manufacturers of various goods, e.g. manufacturers of food, medicine, toys and spare parts for cars or aircrafts. The requirements shall, among other things, ensure that all parts of the products comply with both safety and health standards so consumers will not become ill or exposed to other dangers by purchasing the products.
Counterfeit and pirated will typically not meet the requirements. In addition, they will often contain substances that are not approved. As a result, physical contact with the products may lead to allergic reactions for consumers - for example, if clothing or toys contain illegal dye, or if hygiene products contain illegal chemical substances.
In relation to electronics, machinery, motors, cars, etc., there is a risk that counterfeit and pirated products do not comply with technical specifications in the relevant regulation. This can result in product breakage, explosions, fire, electric shock etc.
Falsified medicine is dangerous. It is outside control from the authorities and in many cases contains no active ingredients - or incorrect doses and composition. In addition, falsified medicine is rarely manufactured and stored under proper and hygienic conditions. Fortunately, the legal distribution network for medicines in Denmark is very safe. Falsified medicines typically enter Denmark upon online purchases from foreign web shops that are not authorized to sell medicines.
There are also examples of CE labelling being counterfeited. A CE mark on a product means that the product meets the European minimum health and safety requirements. Many product types may not be marketed, sold and used within the EU / EEA unless they are CE-labeled. In order to deceive the buyers, CE labels are sometimes falsified in parallel with the fake products. This means that a CE mark on a product will not always guarantee that the product is genuine and complies with the European minimum standards.