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TÜV Rheinland Offers New Certification for Exporting into Europe

June 8, 2009
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NEWTOWN, CT-TÜV Rheinland’s GS S1 certificate provides manufacturers a way to attain both a proof of compliance to the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and a GS mark. While the GS mark and CE marking are mutually exclusive, combining the two further expands a product’s marketability.

Regarded as a passport to Europe and symbol of free trade, the CE marking demonstrates a product meets the minimum consumer safety, health and environmental requirements as outlined by the European Directive.

The GS mark proves the product’s full compliance with the German Equipment Safety Law, showing that the product meets all electrical, chemical and ergonomic safety requirements.

The GS S1 certificate demonstrates full compliance with both the German Equipment Safety Act and the Low Voltage Directive (LVD), a minimum EU requirement, with a statement that the product has complied with Annex I of the LVD (2006/95/EEC). Additionally, the certificate can be used in connection with the manufacturer’s EC declaration of conformity, according to Annex III of the LVD.

“Manufacturers are finding the TÜV Rheinland GS S1 Certificate to be the de facto certificate for acceptance into Europe,” says Dan Sullivan, TÜV Rheinland’s product safety division manager. “Combining the GS and proof of compliance to the LVD into one certificate is a value-added cost benefit to the manufacturer while boosting the product’s credibility and marketability across the EU.”

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