Dealing with counterfeit and non-compliant parts – the BMA Conference
As part of our on-going campaign with manufacturers and organisations within the plumbing and heating industry, our Director Peter Adkins recently gave a presentation to over 150 delegates at this year’s national Bathroom and Kitchen Business Conference. The Conference was organised by the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA).
Peter spoke on the dangers of potentially fatal counterfeit parts entering the market and then formed part of an expert panel of top industry leaders answering questions from the delegates on how to address the problem. Other panel members included Stephen Kay from WRAS and Paul Massey, President of the BMA and Group CEO of AKW and DLP. There was also a presentation by Dr Peter Bonfield OBE.
Peter Adkins has been involved in the industry for many years including running the legal helpline for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).
The conference, at The Belfry Hotel on 16th and 17th October, brought together professionals from across the bathroom and kitchen industries. It was facilitated by TV presenter Nick Owen and featured, amongst other items, a Brexit debate led by the BBC’s Business Correspondence Joe Lynam.
Thousands of counterfeit and non-compliant parts are readily available to buy online, disguised as originals and compliant products. Many such parts require CE marking in conformity with European Directives and the Construction Products Regulations 305/2011.
Non-compliant and counterfeit parts are potentially dangerous and they have been known to combust in some cases but are still being installed in homes and businesses across the UK. In many cases the installers, retailer and manufacturers are liable for damages and possible criminal offences, with sentences ranging from unlimited fines to prison sentences.
Peter, our Director of Regulatory Services said: “It is a great privilege to be a guest speaker at this prestigious conference, alongside many other experts in their fields.
“These parts are often available to buy online and sometimes at distributors. Many installers and consumers are not aware they are buying counterfeit goods, which can potentially cost lives.
“It is important that people are aware of the dangers they present, and how to identify them. It is unfair that installers are often unwittingly buying these parts, thinking they have delivered a good service while being totally unaware they could face prison sentences if a boiler, repaired with illegal parts, blows up and takes lives.
At the conference I was told by one delegate how they had been ordered to destroy several hundred sinks, which they had bought in good faith and then been told they were counterfiet”
Also a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, Peter features in a series of videos on the same issue as part of a campaign by CIPHE with BMA and Baxi to stamp out illegal parts entering the marketplace.
For more information and for links to the videos please see Peter’s profile on our site by clicking here