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In today’s competitive business landscape, consumers seek products and services that meet high standards of quality, safety, and reliability. The Standards, Productivity, and Innovation Board (SPRING) mark, introduced by the SPRING in Singapore, serves as a recognized symbol of excellence.

History of the SPRING

Formerly known as Productivity and Standards Board (PSB), it was formed from the merger between the National Productivity Board (NPB) and the Singapore Institute of Standards and Industrial Research (SISIR) in April 1996. It helped to bring together the soft skills of productivity handled by NPB and the technical aspects handled by SISIR.

In April 2002, the organization was renamed SPRING Singapore and shifted towards an innovation-driven economy, and its new role in promoting creativity to sustain growth for Singaporeans.

What is the SPRING mark?

The SPRING mark is a voluntary certification scheme developed by SPRING to help businesses in Singapore differentiate their products and services in the market. It signifies that a product or service has undergone rigorous assessment against specific standards, ensuring compliance and quality assurance. The SPRING Mark instills confidence in consumers, assuring them of the product’s safety, reliability, and adherence to industry best practices.

Why is the SPRING mark important?

The SPRING mark is important for several reasons:

(1) Enhancing market competitiveness

In a crowded marketplace, businesses are constantly seeking ways to stand out and gain a competitive edge. The SPRING Mark offers a distinct advantage by differentiating certified products and services from others in the market. The mark serves as a powerful marketing tool, signaling to consumers that a business has met stringent quality requirements and is committed to delivering excellence. This can lead to increased customer loyalty, brand recognition, and market share.

(2) Consumer confidence and protection

Consumers today are more discerning than ever, placing great importance on the quality and safety of the products and services they purchase. The SPRING Mark provides consumers with peace of mind, assuring them that certified products and services have undergone rigorous evaluation. It acts as a safeguard against substandard or unsafe offerings, protecting consumers from potential harm and ensuring their satisfaction.

(3) Supporting local businesses

The SPRING Mark not only benefits consumers but also supports local businesses in Singapore. By obtaining the mark, businesses can showcase their commitment to quality and safety, both locally and internationally. The mark enhances the reputation and credibility of Singaporean businesses, opening doors to new markets and business opportunities. It is a testament to the country’s dedication to excellence and its commitment to fostering a thriving business environment.

What types of products can be certified with the SPRING mark?

The SPRING mark can be awarded to a wide range of products, including:

  • Electrical and electronic products
  • Consumer products
  • Food and beverage products
  • Medical devices
  • Chemicals and materials
  • Construction products
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Is the SPRING mark mandatory for all businesses in Singapore?

No, the SPRING mark is a voluntary certification scheme. Businesses can choose to undergo the assessment process and obtain the mark to showcase their commitment to quality and safety.

Can businesses display the SPRING mark on their certified products or services?

Yes, once a business successfully completes the assessment process and obtains the SPRING mark, they have the right to display it on their certified products or services. This helps consumers easily identify certified offerings in the market.

Are there different standards for different industries?

Yes, SPRING collaborates with industry experts, regulatory bodies, and stakeholders to establish specific standards for different industries. These standards ensure that businesses meet industry-specific requirements and deliver quality products and services.

How often does the SPRING mark need to be renewed?

The SPRING mark needs to be renewed periodically to ensure that the product continues to meet industry standards. The renewal period varies depending on the type of product and the certification process.

What is the process for obtaining the SPRING mark?

The process for obtaining the SPRING mark involves several steps, including:

  • Application for certification
  • Product testing and evaluation
  • Audit of the manufacturing process
  • Certification decision and award of the SPRING mark

How can GTG assist you with the SPRING mark?

To obtain the SPRING mark, businesses must undergo a comprehensive assessment process conducted by SPRING or its authorized certification bodies. This process involves evaluating the product or service against relevant standards and criteria established for the specific industry.

GTG is a leading certification body that provides testing and certification services to businesses in Singapore and around the world. We are recognized for our expertise in product certification. With a team of experienced professionals who can guide businesses through the certification process and provide support throughout the entire process, GTG  can help businesses expedite the certification process and obtain the SPRING mark faster.

Contact GTG today and start demonstrating your products meet industry standards for quality and safety!

Sources: Our guidance and/or articles are written in part based on publicly available information, and our own practical experience relating to product testing, compliance and certification. These are some of the primary sources we use:
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPRING_Singapore
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