certification mark

Certification mark for ladders

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Certification mark for ladders


The certification mark applies to portable ladders.

Basis of certification:

The test procedure developed by TÜV SÜD is based on the EN 131 European standard. Parts 1 to 7 of the standard include requirements for terms, types, functional sizes, testing, marking and user instructions as well as requirements for single or multiple-hinge joint ladders, telescopic ladders and mobile ladders with platforms. The standard refers to portable ladders, not steps, and to ladders for special professional use, including fire ladders, roof ladders and trailer ladders.

Key words of the certification mark:

  • EN 131
    Certification is based on the EN 131 standard (see Basis of certification).
  • Safety tested
    The voluntary TÜV SÜD certification mark with the statement “Safety tested” is issued for products, 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 If unauthorised changes are made to the product, the certificate will be withdrawn and the TÜV SÜD certification mark may no longer be used.


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