While buying candles you have surely came across the small orange quality mark on the packaging. What does this sign stand for and how do costumers benefit from it? All you need to know explained two minutes:
The “Quality Mark for Candles” is a RAL quality mark: The RAL German Institute for Quality Assurance and Labelling, “RAL Deutsches Institut für Gütesicherung und Kennzeichnung e. V.”, is responsible for ensuring that RAL quality marks are used properly. The institute ensures that an RAL quality mark really does represent above-average quality, describing test specifications meaningfully and accurately. The “Quality Mark for Candles” was recognized by RAL in August 1997.
The “Quality Mark for Candles” is awarded by Gütegemeinschaft Kerzen e. V.: It is currently held by 38 European manufacturers (19 of whom are from Germany). Together, they account for significantly more than 50% of the total European production of about 650,000 tonnes per year. The quality mark standard is a generally accepted standard in the industry. It became the model for European standard EN 15426.
However, the “RAL Candle Standard” only defines the requirements. It is the RAL Quality Mark for Candles trademark, with its extensive testing and monitoring system – carried out impartially by DEKRA Testing and Certification – that ensures each candle also meets the requirements of the “RAL Candle Standard”.
Candles may display the “RAL Quality Mark for Candles” European trademark only if the manufacturer has successfully completed the acceptance process for the European Quality Association for Candles. This allows DEKRA to commence testing the manufacturer’s various candle products. For each candle with quality mark, a report from DEKRA is produced on the test passed. To ensure that these results are fair and honest, DEKRA tests samples taken from the market on a monthly basis.