Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Products should never be brought at mere face value. Consumers should rather check out the standards used as the basis to assess the quality of the product before heading towards purchase.
Various certification marks are issued by the companies to verify that the product has been made according to a specific standard.
Here is a list of the certification marks that helps you know that the product you are purchasing, has been made according to a specific standard.
It is a standardization mark issued by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to certify that the products conform to the minimum quality standards.
Hallmarks are official marks used in many countries as a guarantee of purity or fineness of precious metal articles. In India, at present two precious metals namely gold and silver have been brought under the purview of hallmarking.
However, in the hallmarking of gold and silver items one should look for BIS Mark that mentions fineness mark, year of marking, and jeweller’s mark.
It is a certification mark on agricultural products in India, assuring that they conform to a set of standards approved by the Directorate of Marketing and Inspection, an agency of the Government of India.
Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian Marks
Packaged food products sold in India are required to be labeled with a mandatory mark so that they can be distinguished between vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The red circle indicates that the food item contains non-vegetarian ingredients while the green circle signifies vegetarian ingredients.
The objective of ISO is to make common standards of products and services at international level. Some of the areas where ISO standards can be applicable are hospital, insurance etc.
Silk Mark is a quality assurance label for pure silk. It helps the consumers to identify Pure Silk.
Woolmark is a certification mark used on textile products as an assurance that the product is made of 100% pure new wool.
Hologram is a small square size plastic sticker with some text written on it. The purpose of sticking it on the package of the product is to establish the authenticity of the product.
Handloom Mark is the Government of India’s initiative to provide a collective identity to the handloom products in India.
The logo for the Ecomark Scheme signifies that the product is environment friendly and that it does the least damage to the environment.
The universal recycling is an internationally recognized symbol used to designate recyclable materials.
The manufacturers are required to place a label showing how much electricity the appliance will consume under certain conditions. It is commonly referred to as star rating.
FSSAI Logo is one of the obligatory requirements, which is not a mark of certification but signifies a valid license for food business operators.
(Content sourced from Consumer Affairs website)