The GS Mark, a widely recognised certification mark traditionally associated with the German marketplace, has now attained recognition Europe-wide and beyond. Use of the GS Mark demonstrates that the electrical safety of your product has been independently verified, minimises the risk and associated cost of potential claims and product recall, and provides you with a recognised marketing advantage. In Germany the purchase decision usually depends on the presence of a GS Mark!
The GS mark has developed over a period of more than twenty years into a safety mark recognized throughout the world. Technical equipment may be labelled with the GS ("Geprüfte Sicherheit" = "Tested Safety") mark if:
· After testing of a type by an authorized, independent body, the latter certifies that the product meets the safety requirements.
· The testing and certification body monitors that only products corresponding to the type are placed on the market (production monitoring).
If a manufacturer meets these requirements, a GS test certificate is issued. The GS mark is based on the German Equipment and Product Safety Act (Gerte- und Produktsicherheitsgesetz) (GPSG). By appling the GS mark, a manufacturer is able to demonstrate that his product not only complies with the Low Voltage Directive(73/23/EEC), but that it meets all other national German legal requirement (such as ergonomics,mechanical strength tests,etc) as well.