GS Mark – A Product Safety Mark for German Market
Free of harmful substances, safe against breakage or reliable electrics – the world-renowned GS mark is a valuable tool used by quality-conscious consumers when choosing products to purchase. We make sure that everything from toys and sporting equipment to electrical appliances used in the household fulfill the quality and safety standards specified by the German Equipment and Product Safety Act, ProdSG.
The GS mark proves that your product has been evaluated, tested and certified for electrical safety by an independent accredited third-party. Because of its high consumer recognition and credibility on the German market and in other European countries, manufacturers implementing the trusted GS mark reap long-term benefits.
In addition, the GS audit integrates a number of product-specific European guidelines ascertains whether operation manuals are correct and complete and ensures that all GS mark requirements are fulfilled.
Benefits of the GS Mark at a Glance
The internationally recognized GS mark helps you:
- Minimize company liability and avoid damage claims.
- Boost retailer and consumer confidence in the quality and safety of your products.
- Provide customers valuable assistance when deciding which products to purchase.
- Benefit from short GS audit times that further enable quick introduction to the market.
Please contact us at TÜV Rheinland to learn more about how our GS certificate and GS audit services can benefit your company.
How to Get a GS Mark?
According to clause §4 of the ProdSG – German Equipment and Product Safety Act manufacturers are only allowed to market products which do not compromise consumer safety and health either through intended use or foreseeable misuse. As an accredited third-party testing company, we check whether your product fulfills the GS mark requirements laid out by the prototype directive. If the product falls under European regulations such as low voltage guidelines, machine guidelines or EMC guidelines , we carry out the audit according to these specifications. Finally, we provide you a report and issue the GS certificate.
Geprüfte Sicherheit – Tested Safety
Our experts can test many product attributes including but not limited to electrical safety, ergonomic correctness, and chemical hazards from polymeric materials, electromagnetic compatibility and noise emissions.
In order for manufacturers to keep the GS mark, the law also demands that certified products be regularly checked to ensure continuous control on production. The GS mark requires a higher level of testing that exceeds the basic requirements for the CE marking .
Candidate Product Categories for the GS Certificate
We can test and certify a large number of products and deliver a GS mark or GS certificate for products belonging to the following categories:
- Household devices
- Personal protective equipment
- Products for small children
- Sport and leisure equipment
- Consumer electronics
- Automobile equipment
Origins of the GS Mark
The GS Mark was introduced in Germany in 1977 to meet the demands of local labor organizations, insurers and consumer protection organizations. The GS audit consists of verifying that technical work equipment and consumer products comply with all statutory safety and health requirements of the German Equipment and Product Safety Act (ProdSG). Although the GS Mark originated in Germany, it is, in fact, accepted in multiple western European countries. Over the past decade, the GS mark has flourished on a large number of electronic products and machinery sold throughout the world.