Pick up any product and somewhere on its underbelly you will find a range of what appears to be modern hieroglyphics. These are not strategically placed emoji giving off some hidden meaning, nor are they the hiding place for a particularly awkward Pokemon, they are, of course, certification badges.


These badges are there to give the consumer confidence that a level of testing has been done to ensure that this particular product will not harm the user in any way, assuming that it is used within the guidelines laid down by the manufacturer. The most recognisable of these inscriptions is the ‘Kitemark;, introduced in 1903 as the British Standards Mark for use on tramway rails. As the BSI quote on their website “Having a BSI Kitemark associated with a product or service confirms that it conforms to a particular standard”


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