Compliance / Anti-Counterfeit

Those who design, install and use structured cabling systems have a right to expect uncompromised quality, performance and fire safety. Counterfeit and non-compliant cable and connectivity products are eroding that right and present a formidable challenge.

CCCA leads the fight to confront that challenge. Through testing programs, educational initiatives and screening tools, CCCA alerts the industry to the dangers of counterfeit cable and, more importantly, how to avoid being misled by deceptive labels and marketing practices. CCCA’s anti-counterfeiting efforts include close collaboration with independent testing agencies, U.S. Customs and law enforcement.  

Non-Compliant vs. Counterfeit - What's the Difference?

In the past, the terms "non-compliant" and "counterfeit" have been used, sometimes interchangeably, to describe copper clad aluminum (CCA) 4-pair UTP cables. To clarify what is or is not counterfeit we recommend the use of the following working definitions, which may be applied to 3 types of CCA cables encountered in our communications.

1.  If a cable or product falsely bears a manufacturer's name or brand that is descriptive of the product that was not produced by that manufacturer, then the cable may be described as "COUNTERFEIT". For example, a Rolex watch not made by Rolex, but by a manufacturer not authorized to use the Rolex name or mark, which are property rights belonging to Rolex.

2.  If a cable bears an unauthorized certification mark (e.g. UL or ETL), then the cable is counterfeit as to the mark. The cable may be described as "BEARING COUNTERFEIT CERTIFICATION" or "COUNTERFEIT MARK".

3.  If a cable bears no certification mark but is marketed and advertised as meeting applicable codes and standards specifications (e.g. Category XX or CM, CMR, CMP fire safety rating), then the cable may be correctly described as