Guaranteed safety: The CANDLE quality mark is a trade mark protected quality mark. The RAL Deutsches Institut für Gütesicherung und Kennzeichnung e.V., (the German quality assessment and labelling institute) is responsible for the monitoring of the proper use of quality marks in Germany. The CANDLE quality mark was recognised in August 1997. The quality mark is awarded exclusively by the Gütegemeinschaft Kerzen e. V., of which we are a founding member.
Which products can have the quality mark?
A manufacturer must only label a product with the quality mark if it has passed a qualifying examination. The examination conditions are specific, objective and clearly defined. In order to guarantee a durable high level of quality, the manufacturer is also obliged to carry out regular monitoring of the product.
What the quality mark means
Good burn-up behaviour through:
Keeping the health of all users in mind!
RAL testing is carried out in 3 steps
1. The initial test
The candles to be tested are taken from the production line. Burning time and behaviour is tested and raw materials are analysed. Sulphur and other emissions must not exceed strict values and the quantity of heavy metals must be significantly lower than the value for children’s toys according to the relevant European Standard EN 71. Testing is carried out by DEKRA Umwelt GmbH.
The manufacturer must continuously monitor production. The criteria established in the initial testing must be observed. The detailed results must be documented and archived.
3. Monitoring by third parties
Once a year, the production facilities are inspected by a neutral expert. The complete documentation and ongoing production is verified and samples are taken. These are then tested by the DEKRA institute to the same extent as in the initial testing. If a manufacturer has violated the testing conditions, the quality mark may be removed.