A TUV certification means that a sample of the product has been tested to ensure its safety and meets the minimum requirements of the German Equipment and Product Safety Act. If you have ever looked for outdoor lighting, you have probably looked for a safety classification in wet places according to UL. Similar to the acronym of UL for Underwriters Laboratories, TUV stands for Technischer Überwachungsverein (or Technical Inspection Association in English). GS is an acronym for Geprüfte Sicherheit (meaning “tested for safety” or “certificate for safety”). Also like the UL tests, TUV / GS is a voluntary certification.

What the TUV / GS security rating means

The product has been tested for electrical safety, hazardous materials components and production of unwanted noise.
The production facility has been subject to an annual inspection.
The brand tests are available in many different registered laboratories, all of which comply with the same regulatory standards. The certification, most commonly shown in Europe, lets you know that the manufacturer is committed to producing quality products with consistent specifications.

It all started with a boiler
The TUV were founded in the late nineteenth century after the explosion of a steam boiler in a brewery in Mannheim. A group of engineers founded the Association of Inspection of Steam Boilers (Dampfkessel Überwachungsverein | DUV) and similar associations formed in other German cities. By 1877, associations had come together to issue the first set of construction and maintenance standards for boilers. By 1906, DUVs were also responsible for inspection services for electrical products, elevators and vehicles. In 1938, the 37 DUV associations were reorganized into 17 TUVs that are now responsible for everything from commercial lighting products to medical device regulations.

If you have questions about TUV / GS safety ratings on the products, for more information, contact us at: svt@svtlight.com.