Up to now the legal basis for granting Quality Seals for Products has been the Quality Seal Regulation dated 1942. On December 31, 2009, this regulation became ineffective (§ 4 al. 2, Annex Index Number 95.08.02, of the First BRBG (“Bundesrechtsbereinigungsgesetz” – Act to Abolish Obsolete Legislation), BGBl. (“Bundesgesetzblatt” – Federal Law Gazette) I No. 191/1999).
Therefore, the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) elaborated the draft of a Quality Seal Act, which enables marking of quality of articles manufactured by trade and industry (products) as well as services to be provided commercially. Thus using a Quality Seal with the addition “Quality Seal recognized federally” would exclusively be allowed on the basis of this rule.
After completion of the general evaluation procedure the concept got allocated to the parliamentary treatment in December 2009.
OQA Zertifizierungs-GmbH (Certification Ltd.) is a hundred percent subsidiary company of the OQA - “Österreichische Arbeitsgemeinschaft zur Förderung der Qualität” (Austrian Workgroup for Promoting Quality) and accredited as a body certifying services acc. to ISO/IEC 17065 with the identification number PSID 0934.
With the edict BGBl.154 vom 10. May 2011 the accreditation has been expanded from the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. Accreditation includes the Quality Guidelines (GRL – Güterichtlinien) GRL00 “General requirements for carrying the OQA Quality Label”, GRL01 “Institution for nursing elderly people (inpatient)”, GRL03 “Health Tourism”, GRL04 “Fire Protection Management System”, GRL07 "Property Management", GRL08 "Installer" and GRL09 "Temporary Staffing Agency". The Quality Guidelines GRL06 “Doctors’ Offices”, GRL10 and GRL11 have been submitted for extension.
OQA awards the right to use the Austria Quality Seal. As opposed to a trademark, it is non-transferable and non-divestible. OQA documents the issuance, loss and denial of the quality seal. OQA has the right to inspect all parties following a warrant of legal interest.
The conditions governing the conferment and usage of the Austria Quality Seal are stated in the general terms and conditions (valid for the accredited division) of the OQA.