The QS certification mark may only be used by QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH scheme participants and their subsidiaries, by authorized certification bodies and coordinators and approved laboratories. They are awarded the right to use the mark individually by means of a scheme contract or framework agreement with QS. Agricultural businesses and food retail branches do not make any direct contractual agreements with QS; they participate in the QS scheme via coordinators. The right to use the QS certification mark is awarded to them individually and on request by their coordinator.
With signing the scheme contract or framework agreement, you are authorised to use the QS certification mark in your communication and to promote your certification and commitment to food safety. The same applies if you want to advertise the availability of QS certified goods in your product range and if you support the QS scheme.
In addition to the advertising communication, you can also use the QS certification mark on delivery notes and accompanying papers. Furthermore, the certification mark can be used in online communications, as an element in the business equipment (letterheads, brochures etc.) or on any advertising material.
After signing the scheme contract or framework agreement, you are given the QS style guide that outlines the rules for the use of the certification mark on delivery and accompanying documents or without direct reference to a product. You will also receive individual login data for accessing the protected area of the QS website (www.q-s.de/home_gb.html) reserved for users of the certification mark. Printable data can be downloaded there. Bundled businesses receive the print data from their coordinators.
Prior to publication of media or advertising material bearing the QS certification mark, drafts of printed media or screenshots of online communication must be sent to QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH for approval and release. Please use our mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. After successful examination, the submitted drafts are released by QS. If a draft does not comply with the requirements of this style guide or if information is missing, QS will request rectification.
Bundled businesses get the approval from their coordinators.
Here you will find further information on the authorisation to use the mark.
QS goods are goods that are labelled correspondently in the shipping documents. When labelling goods as QS in the shipping documents, it has always to be product-related. For example, you can label products with the addition QS, e.g. Apples (QS) or QS-apples. Using the QS certification mark in the header or footer of the delivery note is not sufficient for the labelling products as QS goods. If products are labelled as QS goods in the delivery notes, the QS certification mark can be used on the product.
It is possible that companies offer the label ohne Gentechnik in addition to the QS certification mark on their products. To use this label, you must comply with the requirements of the guideline Zusatzanforderungen bei Verzicht auf kennzeichnungspflichtige Futtermittel und Produktauslobung ohne Gentechnik (only available in German).