IMQ certification of safety requirements

Guarantee of compliance with legal requirements, issued by an authoritative body, chosen as a technical partner by ministries and the competent authorities for market oversight.

For companies that have invested time, resources and money in the safety of their products, certification of the respective requirements plays a key role in raising their brand’s profile. IMQ has been certifying the safety of electrical and gas products since 1951. Our experience comes from working closely with manufacturers and distributors of products for domestic, professional, commercial and industrial use all over the world. All this translates into a major benefit for businesses because it gives them an authoritative partner, with extensive experience, that is a technical consultant to ministries and public authorities on matters of auditing to ensure properly regulated markets, that has top-quality staff and is a member of the main working groups on international standards.

IMQ safety marks are a passport to world markets

Voluntary safety marks are a visible guarantee, issued by an accredited third-party body after it has put the product through all the necessary checks, that the product has been manufactured in accordance with harmonised technical standards and therefore in compliance with essential safety requirements.

The certifications and test reports issued by IMQ are based mainly on CEI, UNI, Cenelec, CEN, IEC and ISO standards and are recognised internationally.

IMQ mark. Used for electrical appliances and components, the IMQ mark certifies that electrical products comply with the requirements of CEI and EN standards.
IMQ-CIG mark. Issued for gas appliances and related components and accessories, the IMQ-CIG mark certifies that gas products comply with safety standards.
CSV-IMQ mark. (Certificate with Surveillance). Certifies that a product conforms with a given technical specification. Products for which an adequate technical specification can be identified are eligible for the Certificate with Surveillance (CSV) IMQ scheme. This specification can be a standard or draft published by the following standardisation bodies: CEI, UNI, CENELEC, CEN, IEC, ISO or foreign standardisation bodies. In special cases, in the absence of these standards, a Certificate with Surveillance can be issued against a test technical specification.
ENEC 03 mark. Accompanied by the number 03, which denotes IMQ, the ENEC mark (European Norms Electrical Certification) certifies conformity with European safety requirements. Recognised throughout Europe as equivalent to the individual national marks, ENEC can be issued for the main electrical products, such as luminaires, emergency lighting and related components, IT equipment, transformers, filters, switches, control and connection devices and household appliances.
GS mark. The GS Mark (which stands for “Geprüfte Sicherheit”, meaning “verified safety”) certifies product conformity in accordance with German law (GPSG), which transposes the general product safety directive (GPSD) and other European safety directives, such as the low voltage directive and the machinery safety directive (MSD). Conformity is assessed primarily with reference to European harmonised standards. GS certificates can only be issued by certification bodies authorised by the German federal administration (ZLs), such as IMQ.  In its capacity as an authorised body, IMQ can issue IMQ GS certificates for electrical material and electric hand tools; these certificates entitle manufacturers to affix the GS mark.
HAR mark. The HAR mark certifies that low-voltage cables conform with European harmonised standards. It can only be issued by certification bodies that subscribe to the HAR agreement, including IMQ.


The manufacturer’s production site must be equipped with suitable production, testing and control systems, personnel and equipment to ensure that the products it places on the market conform with the applicable standards at all times. This is established by carrying out an audit of the production site. For every model for which the manufacturer applies for a certification mark, IMQ conducts the type tests required by the applicable standards. The manufacturer undertakes to ensure that all certified products conform with the applicable standards at all times, and to conduct certain tests on 100% of production or on a statistical basis. IMQ ensures that these tests are performed on a regular basis and repeats them on a random selection of specimens picked from production. Attraverso visite in azienda, i valutatori analizzano la capacità delle organizzazioni di pianificare e gestire i processi di business aziendali. Management system certification is the endorsement enjoyed by organisations that have chosen to equip themselves with efficient management systems and suitable skills and structures, aimed at continuous improvement. And the higher the prestige of the awarding body, the higher the value of the guarantee. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, our laboratories have full capability to put products through all the checks required by the major European directives and international standards. The certifications issued by IMQ are synonymous with trust. They guarantee safety, performance, efficiency and quality standards. More than 10,000 companies have turned to IMQ to certify their products and stand out on the market. Notified body for the main EU directives, IMQ offers tests and CE certifications to assess the conformity of the products to the requirements required to be marketed on the European market. Inspections and audits validate the conformity of electrical installations, equipment, supplies and services with the applicable technical and legislative specifications. IMQ certification marks add value and enhance brand image by distinguishing products made by manufacturers that have invested properly in safety and quality. IMQ certification marks are a visible guarantee, which carry weight in tender procedures, that before its release, the product in question underwent comprehensive testing by an authorised body to verify its compliance with regulatory requirements. The safety marks issued by IMQ are an important instrument that helps manufacturers protect themselves against liability for damage caused by defective products. Products certified by IMQ benefit from facilitated procedures with other European and international certification bodies and therefore enjoy an advantage in relation to export markets.