Erasmus+ project: New skills to face the risks of counterfeiting in consumer goods for children (CounterRisk)

CEIPI is one of the partners of the Erasmus+ project (Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training), called “New skills to face the risks of counterfeiting in consumer goods for children (CounterRisk)”, under the coordination of the association AIJU (Technological Institute for children’s product and leisure), in Spain.

This project originated from the need to develop learning tools in order to combat the increasing production and distribution of dangerous counterfeits across the EU. This danger has been readily identified by EU and national enforcement authorities, rights holders and other private sector representatives, associations and federations charged with safeguarding consumer interests. Manufacturers involved in the production of goods must also increase their awareness of sophisticated and convincing new counterfeits which endanger their own commercial interests, and directly impact the European economy.  Most importantly, from a public safety perspective, counterfeit products, especially children’s toys, may contain substances or components that do not meet European safety requirements and therefore show potentially dangerous risks for this particularly vulnerable segment of the population.

The challenge taken up by the CounterRisk project is to help bridge the communication and education gaps that may exist in the consumer and industry segments in order to improve awareness and encourage better buying and manufacturing practices. CounterRisk aims at generating new and improving the current knowledge about counterfeiting and their associated side-effects for companies and consumers, including public administrations, by introducing a suite of innovative learning tools developed by professionals in the academic, products safety, and manufacturing spheres.

The role of the CEIPI for this project will be to develop training material on intellectual property laws for basic training content intended for everyday consumers and industry representatives involved in the manufacturing and supply of childrens’ products. These materials will be integrated in app-based training tools, called MOOCs. These tools will integrate innovative learning elements such as augmented reality (3-D rendering) and gamification using tokens in order to develop an attractive, simple and easy-to-use learning experience.

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This project started in December 2020 and reached its completed in May 2023.

The project was completed under the scientific coordination of Ms. Natasha Mangal, Associate Professor at CEIPI, and Julie Dagher, Ph.D. Candidate and Research Assistant at CEIPI. Administrative coordination was led by Ionela Asandulesei.

The project was formerly led under the scientific coordination of Mr. Giancarlo Frosio, former Associate Professor at CEIPI and Mr. Oleksandr Bulayenko, former Researcher and Scientific Coordinator at CEIPI.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission, project number: 2020-1-ES01-KA202-082569. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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