RAL Quality

  • RAL-SiegelGuaranteed 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:

    • Quality assured raw materials
    • Verification of all ingredients
    • Tested burn-up

    Keeping the health of all users in mind!

  • Candles with the RAL quality mark are characterised by

    • Optimal burn-up behaviour
    • Minimal drips and high quality wick free from impurities
    • Smoke free burning
    • Low air and lung pollution, less soot when using tested tea lights
    • Adherence to the health and environment limits for all ingredients, especially paraffin, wick, colours and paint
    • No health issues if used as intended
    • Minimal smouldering
    • Suitable wick
    • Guaranteed burning time
    • Adherence to the REACH regulation

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.

  • 2. Self-monitoring

    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.