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Ergonomic products with the IGR seal of approval

Produktzertifizierung mit dem IGR

Ihr Wettbewerbsvorteil mit dem IGR-Gütesiegel

The quality of a product is of the utmost importance – all the more so if it is to maintain our health and alleviate physical complaints. However, as there are so many advertising promises, it is difficult for the consumer to make an informed purchasing decision in order to avoid disappointment. Established quality seals make orientation much easier by confirming the quality of a product and thus effectively dispel any doubts. In the case of ergonomically valuable products or services, such a figurehead is even more crucial, which is why we are proud to promote greater transparency on the market with the IGR certificate and IGR seal of approval.

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The IGR seals of approval at a glance

We provide you with various options for labeling your successfully certified product in a way that is easy for potential buyers to understand.

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Seal of quality as a label

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Seal of quality on the packaging

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Seal of approval - Hangtag

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Seal of quality - Sewn-in

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The "Ergonomic product" seal of approval

Our IGR “Ergonomic Product” quality seal was assessed by the consumer portal “Label-online”, which checks the validity of quality seals. It has received the highest award standard “highly recommended”.

If we award the seal of approval to a tested product, we first of all confirm its advertised properties and practical functionality. At the same time, this certification emphasizes the degree to which the product adapts to the user’s physical characteristics. We use DIN EN ISO 26800 / EN ISO 15537 to document both usability and ergonomics.

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The seal of approval can be used in the following languages

German – French – Dutch – Swedish – Turkish – Chinese – Polish – Slovak – Hungarian – Ukrainian – English – Italian – Portuguese – Norwegian – Spanish – Danish – Finnish – Czech – Greek – Romanian

How does certification at the IGR work?

Contrary to popular belief, the certification of ergonomic products is by no means an off-the-shelf project – quite the opposite in fact. We approach each customer individually and design the audit process together. For this reason, the first step is always a personal preliminary meeting in which we advise you free of charge and without obligation before implementation begins. As a rule, test dates take place 9 times a year; you can view the dates determined in advance online.

If your product is eligible for certification, the corresponding test order must be submitted to us in writing by the specified deadline (14 days before the respective test date). The product itself should be available to us at least 5 days before the test. The certified test in accordance with the ISO standard takes place on the corresponding date. If the criteria are met, we then issue the IGR certificate and IGR seal of approval, which you can affix to the product in the form of the seal of approval and, of course, use for advertising purposes.

Our PDF provides you with a visually prepared step-by-step overview.

The IGR in figures

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The IGR as a neutral authority

As we are solely committed to the applicable standards and our own benchmarks, we work completely independently. There is therefore absolute neutrality in the product assessment and awarding of certifications, which makes it impossible to take advantage.

Networking at state and federal level

The IGR Institute for Health and Ergonomics is a partner of INQA (New Quality of Work Initiative, supported by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs) and a founding member of the State Working Group on Prevention – a project of the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Health.

Wide variety of ergonomic products

Office furniture, seating concepts, solutions for industry and workshops, sleeping systems and mattresses, ergonomic solutions for children, posture-friendly accessories and all kinds of mobility products are tested. In addition, there are behavior-motivating software products and all services that focus on ergonomic added value for the user.

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The certificate - a real eye-catcher

In a non-binding, free consultation, we clarify the suitability of your product for IGR certification and discuss the next steps.

You submit your signed test order no later than 2 weeks before the test date and send us the product to be tested no later than 5 days before the desired test date.

Our team of experts examines the quality and ergonomics of your product in accordance with DIN EN ISO 26800 / EN ISO 15537, whereby it undergoes several control and measurement procedures.

After successfully passing the test, your product will be issued with our IGR certificate and may bear the "Ergonomic product" seal of approval.

When it comes to product certification, we always work in partnership with our customers

We fulfill our task as a neutral auditing institute with great care. This also means that not every free preliminary test automatically leads to a test procedure, but may be rejected in advance due to a lack of quality aspects. Even if this initially causes disappointment for the manufacturer, there is still a great opportunity to further improve the product and ultimately achieve the desired result.

The same applies if a product fails the test procedure due to certain defects. Instead of leaving you alone with your complaints, we see ourselves as a partner who supports you with helpful solutions for the necessary improvements.

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What our customers say

Benjamin Flor

Product Manager Cherry Europe GmbH We want to influence our sales by certifying our products. We therefore integrated the certificate into our communication at all points of contact with our customers. It serves as a label directly on the product packaging, is used as a certificate in our online store and is also used as an overlay in our product photos in order to stand out even more on our platform and those of our retail partners.

Wilhelm Humpert

Managing Director ergotec - Wilhelm Humpert GmbH & Co. KG We were looking for a strong and experienced partner for the certification of our ergonomic products and found one in the IGR. It was particularly important to us that the certification process was clearly structured and transparent for us, but also that the certificate awarded already has a high level of acceptance in the market. We look forward to many more projects with the IGR.

Hans Groch

R&D Manager LEITZ ACCO Brands GmbH & Co KGWe have been working closely with the IGR Institute for several years to have our Leitz ergonomics products certified. The cooperation with IGR enriches our product development processes and the exchange on an equal footing is particularly important for our team. We value the expertise of the IGR and can highly recommend working with them.

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Benjamin Flor

Product Manager Cherry Europe GmbH We want to influence our sales by certifying our products. We therefore integrated the certificate into our communication at all points of contact with our customers. It serves as a label directly on the product packaging, is used as a certificate in our online store and is also used as an overlay in our product photos in order to stand out even more on our platform and those of our retail partners.

Wilhelm Humpert

Managing Director ergotec - Wilhelm Humpert GmbH & Co. KG We were looking for a strong and experienced partner for the certification of our ergonomic products and found one in the IGR. It was particularly important to us that the certification process was clearly structured and transparent for us, but also that the certificate awarded already has a high level of acceptance in the market. We look forward to many more projects with the IGR.

Hans Groch

R&D Manager LEITZ ACCO Brands GmbH & Co KGWe have been working closely with the IGR Institute for several years to have our Leitz ergonomics products certified. The cooperation with IGR enriches our product development processes and the exchange on an equal footing is particularly important for our team. We value the expertise of the IGR and can highly recommend a collaboration.

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Use our internationally recognized IGR certificates as a springboard

Competition has never been as fierce as it is today, which is why you as a manufacturer have to make a huge effort to make your product stand out. If this guarantees an ergonomic benefit for the end customer, you can have this quality feature officially certified with an IGR certificate. Our seal of approval increases potential customers’ trust in your brand and boosts sales. It also gives you easier access to specialist retailers so that you can make use of additional distribution channels for your health-friendly product.

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

The IGR carries out a test in accordance with DIN EN ISO 26800 / EN ISO 15537.

The product test applies the applicable standards and determines the degree of adaptation of the product to the physical characteristics of the test person.

We use a mix of methods to test the properties of products in order to record the relevant parameters for assessing the product. By using more than one method, objective and subjective standards are used in the evaluation. The IGR audit is independent and is carried out on several levels. Part of this inspection is to inform the IGR about the technical composition of the product. The other areas of the usability and ergonomics test are the tests with test subjects, with testers as experts and the measurements to compare the product/human fit.

No, the IGR does not test products for material quality and safety, this is something that testing institutes such as TÜV or Intertek specialize in. When testing the IGR, the main focus is on ergonomics and the question of whether the product adapts to the anatomy of the person or whether the person has to adapt to the product.

We need the product links, product data sheets or image data for the products to be tested so that we can carry out our free preliminary test. The more documents we have available, the faster the product inspection can be carried out.

After the free preliminary check, we will prepare an individual and binding offer for you. The number of products and the classification of these into the respective IGR product groups (0-3) are taken into account. The costs are always made up of a one-off inspection fee and the annual license fee.

After passing the exam, you will receive the IGR seal of approval in 20 languages, as well as the IGR certificate in German and English.

The IGR tests all products where an ergonomic approach can be recognized in the products.

So far, manufacturers from a wide variety of sectors have been tested:

Office furniture, seating concepts, solutions for industry and workshops, sleeping systems and mattresses, ergonomic solutions for children, ergonomic accessories and all kinds of mobility products are tested. All certified manufacturers and the associated categories can be found at:

www.igr-ev.de/zertifizierung/produktzertifizierung/zertifizierte-produkte/

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Product certification.

These companies have already been successfully certified by the IGR

Many companies have already taken up our offer of a certification process in recent years and can use the IGR seal of approval to highlight the quality and ergonomic effectiveness of their product.

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