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Are you getting what you’ve paid for?

  • Jul 03, 2015

Customs prevent sale of dangerous products imported into Europe.

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Product Compliance - ABB views compliance as a part of their core business

  • Jun 21, 2015

As a manufacturer of electrical equipment, ABB views compliance as a part of our core business principles. Product safety standards are the cornerstone of our industry, so products are produced according to relevant IEC standards and also according to the local requirements of each market. As ABB is a global business, this means many products are required to comply with multiple standards to suit the various markets where they are sold.

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Scottish Bill ‘forgets consumer protection’ – Electrical Safety First

  • Jun 18, 2015

The Charity, Electrical Safety First, is worried that the Government’s proposed Scotland Bill, which will devolve further powers to the Scottish Parliament, has forgotten consumer protection – and a weapon to curb the tide of counterfeits entering the UK.

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Prysmian provides an update on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR)

  • Jun 11, 2015

The Construction Product Regulation (CPR) for cables is coming. This will be a mandatory requirement for cable placed on the market in the EU where it is to be used in the construction market.

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Electrical Safety First worries that Scottish bill might lose counterfeit shield

  • Jun 06, 2015

Electrical Safety First, the consumer safety charity, is concerned that the Government’s proposed Scotland Bill, which will devolve further powers to the Scottish Parliament, has forgotten consumer protection.

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LV cable developments driven by safety, environmental and EU market demands

  • Jun 05, 2015

Electric cable is very clearly a very mature technology, especially at the domestic low voltage end of the spectrum, but this doesn’t mean that developments aren’t taking place. Technologically speaking, most of the spectacular developments are happening with high voltage cables, especially superconducting cables for HV power transmission of the type that Nexans is very much involved with.

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ACI says construction industry suffers from non-conforming products (part 2)

  • Jun 03, 2015

The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has been questioning the prevalence (or otherwise) of faulty electrical products in the UK construction sector. To see this and other ACI articles concerning sub-standard and possibly dangerous cables, as well as Part P compliance, please use the links below.

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Don’t Risk It!

  • Jun 03, 2015

These days, there are many new channels to buy electrical products. In addition, there are many more brands selling similar electrical products. But are the new, cheap products really the ‘same’? Or does the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ still hold true?

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BBC finally responds to complaint about programme on illegal ‘universal sockets’

  • Jun 03, 2015

In September 2014, we reported on a dispute between the BBC and safety organisation 'Fatally Flawed' over Chinese made universal sockets. This concerned a BBC radio programme that Fatally Flawed believed ‘promoted’ dangerous and illegal products in the UK. Now, the BBC has finally removed the offending programme from its website.

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When Should Installers Start to Use Non Combustible Consumer Units?

  • May 29, 2015

The IET recently published an article in the Wiring Matters – Special Edition 55 that explains when installers should begin to use non combustible consumer units i.e. put simply the answer is, as soon as stocks are available.

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NICEIC and ELECSA call for re-think over Third Party Certification Scheme

  • May 05, 2015

NICEIC and ELECSA have called for a rethink of Third Party Inspection as electrical contractors’ voice their opposition to the scheme.

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