The Gold Seal Trademark distinguishes products that have obtained third-party certification from WQA from those that have not. It also assures customers of the adherence to the industry standards. WQA takes the integrity and prestige of the Gold Seal Trademark very seriously; any deviation from the mark's usage guidelines can create confusion and damage the Association's reputation.
The Gold Seal Trademark may only be displayed on products currently appearing in WQA's Product Certification Listings, or by companies that have received written confirmation from WQA to use the Gold Seal. It may not be displayed by any of the following:
- Companies with products that are not currently listed in the Gold Seal Program or who have received written notification of de-listing.
- Companies that are members of the WQA, but do not have any products listed through the Gold Seal Program.
- Companies, retailers, distributors, etc., that purchase already certified products and sell the products under their own name without obtaining separate certification.
- Companies for which the specified certification period has expired.
- Companies that do not agree to adhere to changes in WQA's product certification standards or policies
- Companies with products that had previously appeared in the WQA Product Certification Listings, have since been removed due to nonpayment of fees, violation of the Gold Seal Certification Policies or Certification Agreement, or for other reasons.
A comprehensive guidance on the proper and improper use of the Gold Seal Trademarks can be found in WQA's Gold Seal Usage Policy.
Unapproved Use of the Gold Seal
Unapproved use and misapplication of the Gold Seal Trademark is expressly prohibited. No company or person shall apply or display the Mark in connection with a product, or represent in any way that the product is certified, without written authorization from WQA's Product Certification staff.
In the event these guidelines are violated, WQA retains the right to direct the user to cease use of the WQA Gold Seal Trademark, and may sue to enjoin misuse by any user, to recover actual and punitive damages. It is the right of WQA to determine whether these guidelines have been violated or whether the Gold Seal Mark has been misused.
The following companies are currently using the WQA Gold Seal in an unauthorized manner.
- AdEdge Technologies of the U.S.
- AquaSalud of Spain
- EvoClear of the U.S.
- Kadyn Plus of Malaysia
- Kontec of the United Arab Emirates
- Pure Pro of Japan
- Shanghai e Better Purification Technology Co., Ltd. of China
- Steripure of the U.S.
- Velara, Inc. of the U.S.
If your company is listed above and you would like it to be removed from the violation list, please contact WQA's Product Certification Department at email@example.com or 630-505-0160.