Providing efficient and secure access to valid product certification information
TÜV SÜD issues hard copy certificates to manufacturers and importers of tested products as evidence of a product’s or system's compliance with applicable technical requirements. However, these certificates are susceptible to unauthorised alteration or modification and, in a number of instances, outright counterfeiting by unscrupulous operators. Altered, modified, counterfeit or invalid certificates can be used to mislead buyers and others regarding the safety of a given product, and undermine the usefulness of legitimate forms of certification documentation.
TÜV SÜD Product Service has introduced hologram stickers on certificates which contain counterfeit-proof holograms and a datamatrix code, increasing the security of certificates and virtually eliminating the risk of counterfeiting.
TÜV SÜD Product Service has also implemented QR (or quick response) codes on certificates to provide users with prompt and efficient access to certification information. QR codes provide a quick and easy method to verify the validity of important product information presented in paper form, and provide direct access to the latest certificate information by providing a link to the TÜV SÜD certification database via the QR code. When scanned, TÜV SÜD QR codes offer access to the Smart Certificate Explorer (SCE), a secure online database that provides current, detailed information on the underlying certificate data, such as the identity of the certification holder, the certificate’s validity status, and the standards or other criteria used in the certification process.
What you need to know
Certificates including QR codes and holograms are now being issued by TÜV SÜD in connection with certifications for a number of different product types at no additional cost to the certificate holder. The implementation of certificates featuring both QR codes and the counterfeit proof hologram technology will be done in stages.
Each certificate will have an individual page on the SCE site which containts relevant certificate information, including registered hologram numbers. This page can be accessed by scanning the unique QR code on each product certificates with a standard QR code application.
Your benefits at a glance
Save time and money - by giving users instant access to up-to-date product and certification information.
Minimise risks - by preventing counterfeit product certificates from compromising your brand reputation.
Gain a competitive edge - by authenticating your product’s compliance with relevant standards and demonstrating your commitment to product safety.
Benefit from complete solutions - by utilising our full range of testing, certification and auditing services.
Achieve global support - by leveraging TÜV SÜD’s worldwide reach and expertise in regulations and requirements, regardless of where your products are manufactured or sold.