Wire and cables are designed to function safely for a long period of time. This requires a proper choice of the conductor material and size, the insulation material and the outer sheath.
Wires and cables which do not meet the requirements of established standards and specifications are not easily detected. This makes it attractive for irresponsible producers to reduce the size of the conductor, the insulation material and outer sheath.
The use of these sub-standard products will inevitable lead to a malfunctioning of the devices connected, in the worst case, these products put lives at risk.
Regional and Global Initiatives to combat counterfeiting and sub-standard cables: