The CPNI trademark identifies products which have been assured by CPNI.
Replacement of SEAP
With effect from 1st April 2013, successfully evaluated security products will not be rated by the Security Equipment Assessment Panel (SEAP). The SEAP brand will be replaced by the trademarked CPNI logo. Successfully evaluated security products will be listed in CPNI’s Catalogue of Security Equipment (CSE). The trademark will be issued only to manufacturers whose products can be assessed against the standards listed on the manufacturers’ page.
So why change “SEAP” to “CPNI”?
CPNI have been evaluating security products for many years and historically successful products were awarded a SEAP grading. It was found that some manufacturers were attempting to take advantage of the established SEAP brand by openly claiming to provide products that were “SEAP approved” or “tested to SEAP standards”. Many of these products had not been evaluated by SEAP; others had been evaluated by SEAP but had since been removed from the Catalogue of Security Equipment (CSE).
To overcome any potentially misleading claims, the CPNI trademark is now issued to manufacturers for the identification of products that have been successfully evaluated against CPNI standards. The trademark can be used in open source advertising. It is CPNI's intent to identify and take legal action against any organisation found to be misusing the CPNI trademark.
The CPNI trademark and official form of words will be issued to manufacturers of security products that have been successfully evaluated by CPNI. Only products can be advertised alongside the CPNI trademark, not the company as a whole. For example, the CPNI logo can be used in conjunction with product specific literature but NOT used on a company website home page.