Avoid Counterfeits Coalition
The Avoid Counterfeits Coalition is dedicated to developing, implementing and maintaining programs and resources necessary to provide manufacturers, retailers and individuals’ confidence that they are buying and using authentic material, components and products worldwide.
Counterfeit goods are goods, often of inferior quality, made or sold under another’s brand name without the brand owner’s authorization. Sellers of such goods may infringe on either the trade mark, patent or copyright of the brand by passing off its goods as made by the brand owner.
The term knockoff is often used interchangeably with “counterfeit”, although their legal meanings are not identical. A “knockoff” is a colloquial term which describes products that copy or imitate the physical appearance of other products, but which do not copy the brand name or logo of a trademark. They may, or may not, be illegal under trademark laws. Such products are considered illegal when they are intended to confuse consumers. And someone can be a counterfeiter even if he doesn’t make the products, but knowingly sells them to others. Another overlapping term is pirated goods, which generally refers to copying copyrighted products without permission, such as music, movies and software. Exact definitions are determined by the laws of various countries.
Hazardous Substance Safe Coalition
The Hazardous Substance Safe Coalition is dedicated to developing, implementing and maintaining programs and resources necessary to provide manufacturers, retailers and individuals’ confidence that they are buying and using products that are considered Hazardous Substance Safe worldwide.
Several federal agencies regulate substances and materials in consumer, commercial, and industrial chemical products. Depending on the federal statute and the regulatory scheme, controlled and banned chemical substances are governed by multiple key regulations that identify individual hazardous substances or the product into which its ingredients are placed. Federal agencies also control chemicals by requiring labeling or testing of chemical substances and specific products before they enter the marketplace or are used in the workplace.