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Certification mark for consumer products for pets

Certification mark for consumer products for pets

  

Scope:

The certification mark applies to products for pets, excluding pet food. Certification is to determine whether the products are suitable for pets and their owners and to verify compliance with the threshold values of certain hazardous substances.

Basis of certification:

The certification mark is awarded within the framework of voluntary testing and certification. Certification is based on product-specific standards and test programmes. 
The product has been certified by the third-party expert organisation of TÜV SÜD Product Service. Within the scope of certification, products which primarily involve chemical requirements were subjected to goods inspection by TÜV SÜD Product Service and fulfilled the following criteria:

Key words of the certification mark

  • PET fit - Suitable for pets
    Determination whether the product is suitable for the pets in question. The test checks whether the product is suitable for meeting pets’ needs. This includes both safety requirements (mechanical and electrical safety and the safety of the materials used) and the requirements for usability.

    Usability testing is performed in cooperation with the animal welfare organisation IGAT (Interessengemeinschaft angewandter Tierschutz), primarily on the basis of the Animal Protection Act (TierSchG).
  • PET owner fit - Suitable for pet owners
    Determination of whether the product is suitable for pet owners, i.e. whether it meets the requirements for ensuring user safety (mechanical, electrical). Testing also examines the product's usability for pet owners (assembly, servicing and maintenance, warning notes, instructions, disposal, etc.)

    Usability testing will be performed in cooperation with the animal welfare organisation IGAT (Interessengemeinschaft angewandter Tierschutz), primarily on the basis of the Animal Protection Act (TierSchG).
  • Tested for toxic substance
    For the statement “Toxic tested”, TÜV SÜD tested the product for hazardous substances and verified that any harmful substances present in the product complied with or remained under the relevant limits. The test is based on legal requirements, with even stricter requirements defined by TÜV SÜD for some areas, and on product-specific chemical requirements in the TÜV SÜD test programme. These stricter requirements are identified on the certificate in question.
  • Safety Tested
    The “Safety tested” TÜV SÜD mark is a voluntary product certification mark, indicating that the product was tested and certified by the independent third-party organisation of TÜV SÜD Product Service for conformity with the essential technical safety requirements.
  • Production Monitored

    Periodic surveillance of the manufacture of a product constitutes the basic premise for certification which includes the award of a certification mark. Certification always requires product testing and regular factory inspections.

    As a third-party expert organisation, TÜV SÜD verifies that the manufacturer is able to maintain consistent quality in line with the requirements throughout high-volume production and has established the necessary quality system, including incoming goods inspections, lists of materials and final product check.

    In addition, calibration of the necessary measuring and monitoring equipment must be ensured. Surveillance and/or monitoring covers the testing of safety-critical components and other materials used. If unauthorised changes are made to the product, the certificate will be withdrawn and the TÜV SÜD certification mark may no longer be used.

     

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