Reference Quality Certificates

Reference Quality Certificates SAA is an external, independent company approved by the Australian Ministry for Fair Trading with over thirty years of experience certifying the electrical product safety approval of products, equipment, accessories and household appliances in Australia and New Zealand.

The world renowned GS Brand is a valuable aid for quality conscious consumers when choosing which products to purchase, given that it aids in selecting products that are free from harmful substances, shatter resistant and electrically safe. Undertaking verifications as to whether dolls, lamps, bicycles or hair dryers meet the quality and safety standards specified by German legislation on product and appliances safety, the GPSG. Likewise, the GS test integrates numerous European product specific directives and verifies as to whether or not the operating manual is correct and complete.

RoHS (from its acronym in English Restriction of Hazardous Substances) makes reference to the Directive 2002/95/EC on Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment, which was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union.

The RoHS directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electrical and electronic equipment: lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium VI (hexavalent chromium) and flame retardant substances used in polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers) (PBDE) plastics. It is closely related to the Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE from its acronym in English).

Maximum concentrations set by virtue of the 2005/618/EC amendment are as follows:

  • 0.1% for lead, mercury, chromium VI, PBB and PBDE in homogeneous material weight.
  • 0.01% for cadmium of homogeneous material weight.

This implies that the limits do not apply to the weight of the final product or that of the component, but that every substance which may (theoretically) be separated mechanically.

The Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (hereinafter shall be referred to as REACH, the acronym for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of chemicals) entered into force on 1 June 2007 and has as its main objective to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by the manufacture, marketing and use of chemical substances and mixtures.

The European REACH Regulation and RoHs makes reference to the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. Products, components and equipment subject to this quality certification do not contain the prohibited substances or materials other than those specified by the European Regulation.

The ISO 9001: 2008 Standard drawn up by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), specifies the requirements for a quality management system (QMS), which can be used for internal application by organisations, regardless of whether the product or service is provided by a public organisation or private enterprise, whatever its size, for certification thereof or for contractual purposes.

The ISO 9001 is an international standard which applies to quality management systems (QMS) and focuses on all quality management matters with which a company must have available in order to have an effective system that enables management and the improvement of the quality of its products or services.

Customers lean towards those providers which have this accreditation (EC) given that in this manner it is ensured that the selected company has a good quality management system (QMS).This accreditation demonstrates that the organisation is recognised by over 640,000 companies worldwide.

It was set up by the European Community and is the evidence by the manufacturer that its product meets the minimum legal and technical requirements as regards safety of the Member States of the European Union. The CE mark must be held by a product if it is within the scope of the approximately 20 Directives called "New Approach"1 or "New Perspective" and which can be sold and put into service legally within the countries which make up the EU.

It is a key indicator that the product conforms to EU legislation and enables the free movement of products within the European market. By adding the CE mark to a product, the manufacturer declares under his sole responsibility, the conformity of said product with all the necessary legal requirements in order to attain the CE marking and ensures the validity of the product to be sold throughout the European Economic Area.


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