When choosing products, it's critical to ensure you select safe and compliant systems that are tested and validated to the relevant standards and hold the correct certification and markings.
Opting for trusted brands from reputable manufacturers, who provide the relevant technical documentation to support appropriate product standards, can help to safeguard the contractor and the end client - bringing peace of mind to the installation.
It's sometimes tempting to source and procure outside of recognised industry channels to save money. The reach of the internet can give contractors the opportunity to forgo the traditional supply chain and deal with a community of global sellers that could include unauthorised or unscrupulous suppliers. Understanding your procurement route is critical to avoiding the inadvertent purchase of counterfeit products.
Non-compliant and counterfeit products can pose a significant safety risk and have serious consequences for people and property, as they may not provide adequate protection against fire and electrocution. They may not be appropriate for the UK market, and may not adhere to product and installation standards.
To maintain a robust and safe industry, manufacturers, distributors and installers alike should hold themselves to a duty of care through their respective roles in the procurement value chain. Purchasing through an authorised stockist network reduces risk and brings assurance that products are genuine and will be supported by the manufacturer's warranty.
You can find your nearest authorised stockist of Schneider Electric products using our Distributor Locator.