In its more than 70 years of operation, the Standards Institution of Israel (SII) has solidly establised itself as a major factor in promoting quality in Israel.
The Standards Institution of Israel (SII) is the country's official body for the perparation and publication of Israeli standards. It is, as well, deeply involved in the testing and certification of nearly every type of local and imported consumer, industrial and building product available on the Israeli market, and in auditing and certifying quality systems. SII grants Standards Marks, Safety Marks and Green Labels to products that have been tested and certified, and is one of the prime promoters and certifiers of ISO 9000 in the country. SII is also very much concerned with outreach, offering printed and on-disk information, extensive library services and a full program of seminars, workshops and lectures for professionals and managers in all sectors of the economy. It is equally involved in international activities, maintaining close relations, and enjoying reciprocal recognition agreements, with numerous standards and certification bodies all over the world. To conduct its broad and far reaching activities, SII has today a staff of more than 900 experienced engineers, technicians and administrative personal.
SII's main areas of activity are: preparation of standards, product testing, product certification, on-site construction supervision, quality system certification, technical information servises related to these fields and training programs. Performance of these tasks is carried out by SII's four operational divisions: Standardization Division, Industry Division, Building Division, and Quality and Certification Division.
Over 1500 diverse consumer products currently bear the SII Standards Mark. Manufacturers are encouraged to advertise receipt of the Standards Mark, which has increasingly become an important sign of quality to consumers.
SII introduced the Safety Mark in 1992. The Safety Mark refers only to a product's compliance with safety standards, and not to its quality. If the standard for a product contains both quality and safety requirements, the product has to qualify for the regular Standards Mark. The Safety Mark is accepted in many countries as a tool for assisting consumers in their selection of products that contain an element of danger, such as toys and electrical items.
A Green Label for products that have a reduced environmental impact was introduced by SII in December 1993. The Green Lable program is based on Israeli master standard SI 1738, wich is itself based on EU Directive 880/92, which incorporates a long list of attributes that reduce a product's negative impact on the environment, whithout harming the product's reliability, function and quality.