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Marks and Markings

Test marks are an indispensable and reliable guideline for consumers
Produktsicherheit / Product safety
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Many consumers are not aware of the fact that the CE marking used in the European Economic Area (EEA) is not a ‘test mark’. It is a simple manufacturer’s self-declaration. According to the legal requirements, the manufacturers declare their liability that their products comply with the respective standards and regulations and can be sold within the EEA. Many everyday consumer products have not been tested for safety by an independent body before being launched. Risks and defects only become obvious, after the products have actually been placed on the market and consumers may already have been endangered.

The consumer need to be able to trust and to rely on the safety of a product when purchasing it. Voluntary test marks offer a reliable and neutral guideline for consumers. The German ‘GS’ (tested safety) mark is a ‘real safety test mark’ which is based on the German Product Saftey Act. The consumer can be sure that a product carrying a GS mark has been tested by a 3rd party body before its launch. Numerous 3rd party bodies in Germany and in other European Member States are authorised to issue the GS mark. Manufacturers worldwide can sign up for their products being properly and neutrally tested.

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