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 GS Certification
GS Logo - German safety certification mark
Factory Inspection:Essential Condition
CB Member State:Yes
GS means "Geprufte Sicherheit" ,as well as "Germany Safety" in German .GS was issued by German Labor Agency in 1977, based on German Product Safety Act (SGS), in accordance with the EU standard EN or DIN testing of a voluntary certification,it is Germany safety certification mark ,recognized by the European market.
The products applying for GS mark or certificate must be tested according to EN standard and DIN standard by an independent third party certified organization.Meanwhile,the manufacture`s quality system has to be inspected.GS certificate only can be issued after passing all the above conditions.Applicant can mark GS on the products after obtaining GS mark and certificate.certified organization has to perform factory inspection every year,in order to ensure product`s conformity and consistency.
GS mark is a voluntary certification mark.Product labeled with GS mark indicates that its safety has been confirmed by authorized institution.GS mark also indicates that the product complies with the regulations of Germany industry,importer,dealer,trading company,government insurance institutions and customer organizations,proves that the products conform to regulations of German Product Safety Act.These institutions may not be able to manage the consistency of products from all over the world,but hope to exempt from the liability of uncertainty of product and achieve customer satisfaction.As a result,the concept of GS mark is considerable perfect,it not only becomes a marketing standard,but also is well-received by customers and dealers from Europe and other countries.
GS mark indicates that the product `s security has already passed through the test made by authorized independent institution.Though GS  is not legally mandated,but it does really can restrain the manufacture according to German Product Safety Act if their products break down and cause an accident.So GS mark is a powerful marketing tool that can enhance customer confidence and desire to buy.While the GS is a German standard, but most countries in Europe agree it.GS does not only meet itself`s standards,but also CE standards at the same time.But different from CE,GS mark is not legally mandated,but it`s deeply into ordinary consumers because of security awareness.An electrical appliance with GS mark may be more competitive,in comparison with general products.
GS mark
 Products which can apply for GS certification:
●Household Appliances,such as refrigerators, washing machines, kitchen appliances and so on.
●Home Machine.
●Sporting Articles.
●Home Electronics Devices, such as audio-visual equipment.
●Electrical and Electronic Office Equipment,such as copiers, fax machines, shredders, computers, printers and so on.
●Industrial Machinery, Laboratory Measuring Equipment.
●other security-related products such as bicycles, helmets, ladder, furniture and so on.
GS application form:
1.Opening Meeting:During the opening meeting,the certified organization or agency will explain the specific procedures and relevant standards of certification to applicant`s product engineers,as well as provide the form of files required to submit.
2.Application:The applicant submit the files on demand,as for electrical products,required to submit product assembly diagram,electrical schematic diagram,bill of materials,product usage,product use or installation instructions,differences between series and so on.
3.Technical Meeting:After examining the applicant`s file data,certified organization would conduct a technical meeting with applicant`s technical staff.
4.Sample Test:Test will be conducted in accordance with the applicable standards,it can be conducted in manufacture`s laboratory,or any laboratory of certified organization quartered at different countries.
5.Factory Inspection: GS certification requires to make security-related inspection programs on production site.
6.Issue GS Certificate.
Time and Cost:
Generally speaking,the length of time depends on whether the products need to be modified and the speed of submitting the required files.Overall,it usually takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks.The costs include one-time certification cost,factory inspection cost and certificate annual cost.The specific cost depends on product category and testing decision.Certified organization will offer the final price to applicant after receiving required files.The price varies from marketing policy and credibility of institutions.
Differences between GS and CE:
Suitable for using German Product Safety Act to test;
Issued by independent third-party certified organization,which is authorized by Germany government;
Must pay annual fee;
Annual inspection must be carried out;
High credibility and marketing acceptance.
Suitable for using European standard to test;
Manufacture can be allowed to self-declare under the precondition of obtaining complete technical documentation (including test reports);
No factory inspection;
Low credibility and marketing acceptance.
Differences between GS and LVD:
Since 1997.1.1,CE regulated Low Voltage Detector(LVD),while GS already included all the requirements of Low Voltage Detector(LVD).Therefore,TUV will exceptionally issue CE certificate of the product`s LVD,that is,COC,free of charge.After 1997,LVD certificate has been included in GS certificate for TUV Rheinland.If a manufacture obtains GS certificate,it also obtains LVD certificate.