The N Mark for reusable polyethylene (PE) bags for transporting retail products certifies the characteristics that reusable commercial plastic bags must have
The AENOR N Mark and the AENOR Environment Mark for reusable polyethylene (PE) bags for transporting retail products certifies the characteristics that these reusable commercial plastic bags used for transporting retail products must fulfil. This process contemplates the environmental aspects and testing methods necessary for determining the characteristics a bag must have for a minimum of 15 uses under normal conditions.
AENOR product certification for bags offers:
Useful product benefits: These bags have greater capacity and strength than traditional bags, meaning less bags are needed and consumption is reduced. They can be reused a minimum of 15 times
Environmental benefits: The bags are made with 100% recyclable material; 15% of the material used to produce the bags is recycled. They are printed with environmentally-friendly ink. Production involves reduced energy and water consumption. Because they are subject to the ENCOEMBES Green Dot, which oversees their collection and recycling, they support waste recycling.
Certification is performed by an independent company, which demonstrates that an organisation, product, process or service, meets the requirements set forth in certain standards or technical specifications. AENOR's Marks serve as proof of certification and constitute a distinguishing factor in the market, improving the image of the products and services and generating confidence between customers and consumers:
The AENOR N certified product mark demonstrates compliance with certain standards. It is a symbol of product quality and safety, and is backed by an independent third party, AENOR, a leader in certification. The AENOR N Mark logo is recognised by public and private users, facilitating the sales of thousands of certified products around the world.
The AENOR certified product N Mark is not mandatory; manufacturers can voluntarily submit their products to be fully assessed by independent agencies and specialists in order to objectively ensure that they comply with the quality and safety requirements set forth in the corresponding regulations. The AENOR N mark therefore supplements the CE mark for products covered by harmonised directives and regulations. AENOR N marks are of particular value to customers when the product at issue is not covered by a CE mark.
To certify each product, AENOR develops a specific certification system where the standards, technical specifications, certification procedures and applicable features are identified.
The N Mark covers reusable polyethylene (PE) bags (t-shirt-style bag with die-cut handles) for transporting retail products, in accordance with the Standard UNE 53942:2014
As a compliance assessor, AENOR is a leading product certification entity. With more than 100,000 certified references, the AENOR N Mark is present in over 40 countries and is among the top 5 product quality markings in the world.
The AENOR N Mark is a voluntary marking that allows a company to demonstrate that its product complies with specific provisions compiled in a UNE, EN or ISO standard or in a technical specification. This demonstration of compliance during the manufacturing and testing of the final products, based on a rigorous control performed by AENOR, will allow licensees of the Mark to put their products on the market with a high standard of quality, instilling confidence in the users of these certified products.
The AENOR Mark is voluntary. Companies that want AENOR to certify their product must submit their application in accordance with the formats established by AENOR. This application must include information about the company and the characteristics of the products for which certification is sought.
Once AENOR technical staff have analysed the documents, compliance assessment activities will be performed in order to verify that the products comply with the applicable standards:
A visit is made to the production centre to carry out the following procedures:
The laboratory performs the tests established by the standard and sends its report to AENOR.
Using all the information on the activities performed, the Plastics Certification Technical Committee (an independent body established by all the interested parties: manufacturers, the Administration, users, monitoring entities and AENOR) will either propose to AENOR that the Mark be granted, or request that one of the activities be repeated due to non-compliance.
Once the Certificate has been granted, the process will continue as the monitoring activities required to keep it must be performed. Samples will be taken, and audits, inspections and tests will be performed on an annual basis. The results are assessed each year by the Certification Technical Committee for Plastics, which decides whether a company retains their certification.
Once an organisation passes the certification process, it obtains:
CTC Committee 001 for Certified Plastic
Environmental product declarations (EPD)
AENOR manages the GlobalEPD Programme of verification, in accordance with Standards ISO 14025 and EN 15804