In 1925, Germany's national industry and the then government founded the 'Reichs-Ausschuss für Lieferbedingungen' (RAL –the 'national board for delivery conditions'). Their common goal was the standardisation and clear definition of technical delivery conditions. This required a set of quality regulations and the requisite monitoring procedures – and so the system of quality assurance came into being. The implementation of this system called for the establishment of an independent administrative body to regulate all of the involved market forces – the RAL was born. It has held the authority to award Quality Marks every since.
With various fields of activity, RAL acts as an independent service provider. RAL is a recognised non-profit institution with the legal form of registered association. Its bodies comprise an Executive Committee, the Board of Trustees, the AGM, and the Management Board.
To reflect its independence and neutrality, the RAL guidelines in the various fields of activity are determined by the Board of Trustees, which is made up of representatives of leading economic, consumer and agricultural organisations, German federal ministries, and other governmental organisations. All of them have a permanent seat on the board, and are entitled to vote. In addition, the AGM votes four quality assurance associations as board representatives for the RAL members.
RAL Areas of Expertise
- RAL establishes Quality Marks
- RAL provides globally accepted colour specifications
- RAL awards the 'Blue Angel' and EU eco-labels
- RAL deals with registrations, agreements and RAL certificates
See www.ral.de for more information