Phil Lewis, Director General of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG), has warned that no single organisation can beat counterfeiting on its own and says Brexit is going to challenge cross-border anti-counterfeiting partnerships.
As it publishes its annual report the ACG is calling on Government to recognise international alliances and protect them after Brexit, so these global networks can continue to work to protecting consumers and business assets.
Lewis commented: “Despite the political unrest and the anguishing time that the Brexit negotiations have brought for all sides of the debate, ACG have continued to establish ourselves as a national and international hub for a network of bodies engaged combating the escalating threat of counterfeiting.
“This annual report is particularly satisfying, as throughout the year, we have collaborated with a growing range of political, regulatory and enforcement partners, within the UK, the EU and on the international stage. Importantly, we have taken a leading role in offering policy and regulatory advice and in facilitating intelligence led actions against notorious markets and online sellers.
“Our members are determined to help ensure the joint safety and security of business and consumers and we will continue to do our utmost to preserve relations and build even more effective levels of communication and collaboration.”
The Annual Report highlights the main areas of work for ACG over the last 12 months involving engagement, influencing and persuading, enforcing and raising awareness.
A copy of the Annual Report can be downloaded here.