German Product and Equipment Safety Act
Since 1977 the GS mark for “Tested Safety” has been the only mark in Europe testifying to voluntary compliance with product safety as regulated by law. The GS mark is based on the German Product and Equipment Safety Act (GPSG). A product bearing the GS mark and the TÜV NORD logo fulfils the requirements of the GPSG. It has been tested for safety and cannot put the user at risk either when used correctly for the intended purpose or when used incorrectly in a way which is foreseeable.
Areas of application
Manufacturers and importers of technical work equipment and articles for daily use can apply, for example, for the GS mark in relation to the following products: leisure, household and garden equipment, lamps, IT and office equipment, laboratory equipment, furniture, toys, entertainment electronics and tools. TÜV NORD performs the voluntary safety testing and certification of the relevant products.
Benefits of certification
“Tested Safety” is known and recognized as a sign of quality and safety in Europe and in many other countries throughout the world. It signals to the purchaser that the product selected – including the operating instructions – has been inspected and approved by an independent body. Use of the mark underlines the trustworthiness of product information and advertising statements. This results in an advantage in the market- place when competing with non-certified products – products with the GS mark are preferred. Certification also makes an important contribution to the reduction of product liability risk.
TÜV NORD Certification according to the German Product and Equipment Safety Act GS mark for “Tested Safety”
Prerequisites for certification
- With the application, the manufacturer or importer guarantees that the product to be certified matches the type sample.
- The type approval examination by TÜV NORD confirms compliance of the product with the provisions of the Product and Equipment Safety Act as regards health and safety and other legal requirements.
- The manufacture of the product and associated use of the GS mark in accordance with the regulations can be controlled and monitored.
Our know-how for your success
TÜV NORD is a well-established and reliable partner for inspection and certification services. Our experts and auditors have extensive knowledge based on experience and are generally permanently employed by TÜV NORD. This guarantees independence and neutrality, and also means we can offer continuity in supporting our clients. The benefit to you is clear: our experts accompany and support the development of your products and provide you with objective feedback.