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GS certification

The literal translation of "GS" stands for "safety-tested" in German. Typically, the electrical safety aspects of a product are evaluated, tested and certified in conjunction with the issuance of this Mark.

The GS-mark can be obtained for a variety of product categories:
  • electrical and mechanical home appliances
  • office equipment such as copy machines, fax machines, shredders, computers, printers
  • laboratory and measuring equipment
  • industrial equipment and machines
  • toys
  • others such as bicycles, helmets, ladders, furniture etc.

The GS mark, although not required by law, can and does make a great deal of difference in cases where a product's malfunction leads to an accident for which its manufacturer could be held responsible under Germany's (and the EU's) strict product liability laws. It is at the same time a convincing marketing aid creating customer confidence and purchasing motivation.