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GS Mark and Bodies

The GS mark stands for “geprüfte Sicherheit” (safety tested) and is a national “speciality”. It may only be applied to ready-to-use products, such as electrical equipment, furniture or textiles.

The GS mark is not a comprehensive seal of quality which seeks to say anything about the lifespan of the product or its performance, but it does provide – in contrast to the CE marking – genuine confirmation of safety! Its legal basis is provided in section 5 (§§ 20-23) of the Product Safety Act (ProdSG).

Conditions for the use and awarding of the GS mark

The key condition for the use of the GS mark is for a GS body to have awarded either a manufacturer or their appointed representative with the use of the GS mark. The GS mark provides confirmation that in the case of intended use or the inappropriate yet foreseeable use (for example, the misuse) of the product that carries the mark, neither the health nor the safety of the user is put at risk. The scope of the testing only includes functional tests in the extent to which they are required for testing the safety.

The GS mark is a voluntary symbol, which means that the manufacturer or their authorised representativeis free to decide whether to request the awarding of the GS mark or not. The request can be submitted to a GS body which is recognised by the Zentralstelle der Länder für Sicherheitstechnik (ZLS).

It is necessary for the following conditions to be fulfilled to enable the awarding of the GS mark:

  • The manufacturer or their authorised representativehas submitted an application to a GS body, and guarantees that ready-to-use products comply with the tested prototype.
  • On the basis of a type examination, the GS body provides proof of the compliance of the examined type with the requirements of the Product Safety Act as regards the guaranteeing of health and safety as well as other legal regulations and technical specifications.
  • The GS body has issued a certificate regarding the awarding of the GS mark.
  • Proof from the GS body is available confirming compliance with the requirements which are to be followed during the production of ready-to-use products to ensure compliance with the tested prototype.
  • The GS body carries out inspections so as to monitor the manufacturing of ready-to-use products and the legally-compliant use of the GS symbol.

Search for GS bodies

Are you looking for a GS body? On our German Website, BAuA provides notification of GS bodies according to § 23 para. 4 of the Product Safety Act (ProdSG). These GS bodies, which are recognised by the Zentralstelle der Länder für Sicherheitstechnik (ZLS), authorise and monitor the use of the GS mark according to section 5 (§§ 20-23) of the ProdSG.