Introduction of GS certification (German product safety certification)
GS means German "Geprufte Sicherheit" (certified safety), and also means "Germany Safety" (German Safety). GS certification is a voluntary certification based on the German Product Safety Law (SGS) and tested in accordance with the European Union ’s unified standard EN or German industrial standard DIN.
The GS mark indicates that the product's safety has been tested by credible independent agencies. Although the GS mark is not required by law, it can indeed make manufacturers subject to strict German (European) product safety laws when a product fails and causes an accident. Therefore, the GS mark is a powerful market tool that can enhance customer confidence and purchase desire. Although GS is a German standard, most countries in Europe agree. And while meeting the GS certification, the product will also meet the requirements of the European Community CE mark. Unlike CE, there is no legal requirement for the GS mark, but because safety awareness has become common among consumers, an appliance with the GS mark may be more competitive in the market than ordinary products.
Product range covered by GS certification
-Household appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines, kitchen appliances, etc.
- electronic toy
-Home electronics, lighting appliances
-Electrical and electronic office equipment such as copiers, fax machines, paper shredders, computers, printers, etc.
- Communication Products
-Power tools, electronic measuring instruments, etc.
-Industrial machinery, experimental measurement equipment
-Other safety related products such as bicycles, helmets, ladders, furniture, etc.
Promotion and popularization of GS certification in EU
The GS mark was originally a safety certification mark issued by the TUV, VDE and other organizations authorized by the German Ministry of Labor. Until now, many EU institutions have been authorized to issue GS certification certificates. The GS mark is now a product safety mark accepted by customers in Europe. Usually there are GS certification products that can sell higher unit prices and sell more. At present, in the European Community CE regulations, the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) has been implemented since 1997.1.1. The GS certification already includes all the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive (LVD). Therefore, after the product obtains the GS certification mark, the applicant will additionally obtain the CE certificate of the product for free (only for the LVD directive), that is, the manufacturer obtains the EU LVD certificate when applying for GS.