ABB supports initiative to drive out non-regulation electrical products

2017-10-25 - Leading international electrical manufacturers collaborate to raise standards and safety as part of European wide initiative to drive out non-regulation products

ABB is proud to announce its work as one of the founding board members of Poland’s Electric Equipment Manufacturers Section (SPAE) in combating non-regulation electrical equipment and appliances.

Established at the National Chamber of Commerce for Electronics and Telecommunications, the MSSI ELECTRICAL (Market Surveillance Support Initiative) brings together leading European manufacturers of low-voltage electrical installation and infrastructure products and systems, alongside industry organizations.

As part of their cooperation, manufacturers including ABB, DEHN, ETI, Eaton Electric, Legrand, Schneider Electric and Siemens support local market monitoring bodies to examine the manufacture, testing, sale, use and distribution of ​​electrical products and systems. They take appropriate action by informing the relevant market surveillance authorities of products suspected of failing to comply with standards and requirements.
Born at European level in 2012, the initiative has already been successfully implemented across France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain and Italy.

Wojciech Swiatek, Business Development Director at Schneider Electric and chairman of SPAE Section explains. “This year, the initiative expands and starts to be implemented in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, the Benelux countries and the Nordic countries. In Poland we encounter the same problems as in other European countries, so we decided to work together and implement this project in our own country, too.”

As part of the initiative, the SPAE, in collaboration with the independent accredited laboratory of the Quality Assurance Agency (BBJ - Quality Testing Office), commissioned two product tests. The first study involved 23 samples of circuit breakers of various manufacturers present on the Polish market, including members of SPAE. However, it has to be emphasized that only selected tests were performed for the critical parameters.

The purpose of the test was to check the products for their conformity with the technical parameters declared by the manufacturers. The results showed that more than 40 percent of overcurrent circuit breakers did not meet the requirements of PN-EN 60898-1 norm. In the second test of residual circuit breakers, against the requirements of PN-EN 61008-1 2013, the failure rate rose to 57 percent (13 out of 23).

Magdalena Malewska, Sales and Marketing Manager Electrification Products division from ABB, comments: “Germany undergoes electrical procedures to give its native VDE quality symbol with the standards of electrical infrastructure primarily regulated by standardizing bodies and professional market participants. We are keen to the support electrical market in Poland in order to respect those companies that prioritize not only value but professionalism, safety, innovation and quality standards.”

Marek Tabaka, Key Investment Manager at Eaton Electric adds: “The European Union determines standards for electrical products. Unfortunately, many non-standard electrical appliances are sent to Europe. In many cases these products are commonly used, often by people without qualifications. Such a user is unknowingly exposed to risk, both to health and property. That is why we have jointly undertaken this initiative to protect the market against such products.”

More about the SPAE section and the MSSI ELECTRICAL initiative can be found on the KIGEiT website ( in the Sections / SPAE section and MSSI website (

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees.

For more information please contact:

Lynette Jackson
Head of Communications
Electrification Products Division
Affolternstrasse 44, P.O. Box
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Phone: +41 (0)43 317 54 04