Helpful guide for consumers: Updated ABC of labelling (Only available in German)
There are now labels for almost every type of product or service. Yet it is often difficult to see what these individual labels stand for at first glance. Our updated brochure “The ABC of labelling” provides consumers with a compact overview across 80 pages of the most important characteristics behind 74 common labels. The brochure can be ordered free of charge with immediate effect by telephone on +49 (0)228 – 68895 – 0 or by email at RAL-Institut@RAL.de. The guide is also available to download at https://www.ral-guetezeichen.de/publikation/ral-broschuere-abc-der-kennzeichnung.
New Videos of the “RAL Quality Mark Ambassadors”
In the new RAL Quality Mark testimonial videos, the Managing Directors explain why products that carry the RAL Quality Marks provide planners and building owners with a particularly high level of safety. In the series of videos, which now comprises six films, representatives from different RAL Quality Assurance Associations provide information on the benefits associated with their RAL Quality Mark. You can find all “RAL Quality Mark Ambassadors” here.
RAL at interzum
interzum is one of the world’s leading trade fairs for furniture production and interior design with around 1,800 exhibitors from 60 countries. RAL had a stand at the trade fair in Cologne from 21-24 May where it presented its business areas RAL COLOURS, RAL ENVIRONMENT as the awarding body for the Blue Angel, and RAL QUALITY MARKS. The central message for visitors to the stand: RAL demonstrates how importance can be placed on sustainability, high quality and economic viability in the area of creative solutions and design. The trade fair welcomed 74,000 visitors this year, more than 55,000 of whom were from abroad.
New RAL Quality Mark for Tempered Single-Pane Safety Glass (ESG-HF)
Glass is required to withstand high stresses in many cases. Tempered single-pane safety glass (ESG-HF) carrying the new RAL Quality Mark is particularly resistant to shock and impact and is stored at high temperatures for many hours after production. This means that its resistance to breakage can be reliably tested. If the glass panes survive the tests undamaged, they only have a very low risk of spontaneous breakage and are thus extremely stable.
Updated requirements for the RAL Quality Mark for Plastic Window Profile Systems
The RAL Quality Mark for Plastic Window Profile Systems has stood for reliable window components – from seals and surface coatings though to various types of glass – for many years. The specifications for the award of the quality mark have now been revised and adapted to meet the latest technical developments. For example, there are new rules for the use of volatile organic substances (VOC). To avoid any impact on health, manufacturers of system components are now required to observe corresponding regulations, such as e.g. the evaluation procedure developed by the “Committee for Health-Related Evaluation of Building Products” (AgBB).
The RAL Quality Mark for Bus Comfort now has a new category
Bus passengers who want to stay comfortable on their journey have been able to refer to the classification system used by the RAL Quality Mark for Bus Comfort for guidance for many years. The criteria used for the award of the label – the Quality Assurance and Test Specifications – have now been updated and the stricter requirements have been adapted to take account of optional equipment. Coaches fitted with individual extras to raise their quality above the level of the previous three, four or five star categories are now able to indicate this with the additional term SUPERIOR.
RAL Quality Mark for Expertise in Eating Properly updated
Outside catering is becoming an increasingly important sector. Suppliers are asked to satisfy the individual tastes and various nutritional requirements of their guests with their catering services. The requirements for the award of the RAL Quality Mark for Expertise in Eating Properly which is used to label the regularly tested and reliable quality of outside catering have now been updated and specially adapted to individual target groups such as rehabilitation clinics, schools or catering companies. The RAL Quality Mark for Expertise in Eating Properly thus ensures that the meals offered provide an appropriate level of nutrition and also take into account different eating habits.