What is RAL?
The term RAL represents a representative quality label and the RAL Institute label. RAL as a name and symbol is today considered a national and international symbol for the top quality of products and services.
The name RAL has existed since 1925. year. At that time, the German private sector with the German government established the “Reichs Committee for Delivery Conditions” which was to specify and standardize the then technical delivery conditions. The common goal was to define and standardize technical delivery conditions and for this purpose quality requirements and their monitoring had to be established. The institute was to adopt rules and regulations, independently and fully responsibly. From the beginning, the goal was not only to streamline delivery but to ensure quality standards. Importance is attached to maintaining and ensuring quality, enforcing honesty in business through true, clear and reliable labeling of products and services, all in the interest of the customer. With an increased focus on quality assurance, the name RAL has been extended to the State Committee for Delivery Conditions and Quality Assurance.
After the war, the RAL was annexed to the German Committee for Standardization (DNA). Without legal status, the RAL was managed by the president of DNA, but he continued to operate independently and autonomously. Due to the increase in tasks and responsibilities, a legal form was soon agreed upon that led to the establishment of the RAL e. V. 1970. year. From 1980. to date the Institute bears the name “RAL German Committee for Delivery Conditions and Quality Assurance e. V.”.
The area of responsibility of RAL covers the departments of RAL quality marks, RAL agreements, RAL registrations, RAL test specifications and Geographical determination of the origin of the brand. In addition, since 2008. The categories RAL Colors, RAL Eco-label and European eco-label RAL d.o.o., leads as 100% subsidiaries owned by RAL e. V.