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What is a GS body?

Pursuant to Section 23 of the Product Safety Act, conformity assessment offices may only carry out a specific remit as a GS body if the authority which issues the permission has provided the required permission. For this purpose, the applying conformity assessment offices must fulfil the following requirements as well as others:

  • It must be an independent legal entity domiciled in the European Union or the European Free Trade Area (cf. Section 23 (5) of the Product Safety Act) and free of conflicts of interest.
  • It must have demonstrated the competence to be able to carry out the conformity assessment activities for the specific task.
  • It must have at its disposal the means necessary for the proper performance of the technical and administrative tasks.

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