State quality mark of the USSR
|State quality mark of the USSR|
|Certifying agency||State Attestation Commission (Gosudarstvennaya Atestatsionnaya Komissiya)|
The State quality mark of the USSR (Russian: Государственный знак качества СССР, translit. Gosudarstvennyi znak kachestva SSSR) was the official Soviet mark for the certification of quality established in 1967.
The goods themselves or their packaging were marked, as was the accompanying documentation, labels or tags. Rules of its use were defined by GOST, an acronym for 'state standard' (gosudarstvennyy standart), section 1.9-67 (April 7, 1967).
The right to use the sign was leased to the enterprises for 2–3 years based on the examination of the goods by the State Attestation Commission (Gosudarstvennaya Atestatsionnaya Komissiya) that should certify that the goods are of the "higher quality category". That is, their quality:
- "meets or exceeds the quality of the best international analogs",
- parameters of quality are stable,
- goods fully satisfy Soviet state standards,
- goods are compatible with international standards,
- production of goods is economically effective and
- they satisfy the demands of the state economy and the population.
Obtaining the sign allowed the enterprises to increase the state controlled price for the goods by ten percent. When the sign was introduced it indeed suggested high quality of the goods but after some time a lot of Soviet-made goods were certified for the sign while their quality often remained below expectations of customers.
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