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A TÜV SÜD certification mark enables you to secure a competitive edge, and to demonstrate it to the outside world. By displaying these globally recognised certification marks on your products, packaging, website and advertisements, you highlight the outstanding quality or functional features of your products, giving you a critical competitive advantage over your rivals.
It is important to use the TÜV SÜD certification marks in the right way and the correct graphic version. The TÜV SÜD Testing and Certification Regulations state that:
A certification mark may only be used in advertising products for which a valid certificate exists. Advertising featuring the certification mark must be immediately discontinued when the certification expires, is revoked or withdrawn.
The certificate defines issues including the certification mark to be used, the products and models certified and the certificate holder who is authorised to use the mark. For example, only kettles with the certified model designation “Green” are entitled to display the certification mark; a non-certified “Blue” model, even if identical in design and construction, may not apply the mark.
Certification marks must not be used in a misleading manner. Particular care must be taken that the certification mark is used only in direct connection with the certified product and that the mark is clearly obvious as such.
As a TÜV SÜD customer you are entitled to use TÜV SÜD certification marks in your advertising. Testing and GS (“Safety Tested”) marks of other testing institutes and TÜV companies are not interchangeable.
Infringement of the Testing and Certification Regulations may, in extreme cases, result in fines of up to EUR 250,000.
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The awarding of this mark is based on the German Equipment and Product Safety Act (GPSG). All relevant safety requirements must be fulfilled. This includes also additional safety requirements i.e. risk analysis with regard to the foreseeable misuse of the product as well as the use of PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons).
The TÜV SÜD GS Mark is available in two versions: Type A und Type B
GS Mark, Type A
GS Mark, Type B
This GS mark is for use with a max. vertical height of 2 cm. The illustrated version is most commonly used on products.
TÜV SÜD Mark P
Safety tested, production monitored - a mark which is awarded exclusively by TÜV SÜD Product Service. It clearly indicates that safety inspections are performed and production sites are monitored regularly.
The requirements for awarding this mark are defined in product related standards or test programs. Besides safety aspects, additional features like usability or environmental characteristics can be certified on request.
TÜV SÜD Mark E
Type tested, production monitored: corresponds to the TÜV SÜD Mark P, with the addition "Type tested". This mark is awarded when other aspects than safety are in the focus of the examination (serviceability, quality etc.) or when the GS mark cannot be awarded (as for components).
This mark is awarded for electrical appliances which have been tested to verify compliance with the requirements for electromagnetic compatibility.
The EMC mark attests electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of appliances and systems, i.e. they neither emit, nor are they sensitive to electrical interference. The mark is awarded when the requirements of standards on the electromagnetic compatibility of products are fulfilled. The focus of this mark is not on safety aspects.
ENEC (European Norms Electrical Certification) is an European high quality mark for electrical products helping manufacturers and retailers to demonstrate the compliance of their products with European Safety Standards.
The Certification Bodies are located in Europe, while testing takes place in approved ENEC Testing Laboratories worldwide, and in approved Manufacturers’ Laboratories. The scheme originates from the luminaires sector and has meanwhile opened the European ENEC Mark to all electrical product sectors.
NRTL TÜV SÜD Mark
The NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) program of OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) acknowledges private organizations and confirms their qualification to test technical products for their safety in the workplace according to the requirements of the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration. "US" stands for compliance with the requirements of US authorities, "C" for compliance with Canadian requirements.
Certification Mark Medical Health Services (MHS)
This mark confirms compliance of the QM system of a manufacturer of medical products with the specified standard. Any other applicable standards may be mentioned alternatively. The Aesculapian staff may take the place of the "Q" symbol.
This mark is not for application on products, other marks are intended specifically for that.
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