NIOM has established a programme for the quality evaluation of dental products. The evaluation is based on testing of the products according to methods in relevant ISO and other standards, or according to other well-established and documented test methods. Products fulfilling the requirements are granted permission to be labeled with the NIOM TESTED quality seal, with the design specified by NIOM. The NIOM TESTED quality seal thus represents a confirmation that the products meet the requirements of NIOM’s quality evaluation.
NIOM owns the intellectual property rights (including all copyright and trademark rights) to the NIOM TESTED quality seal. NIOM will keep records of the products approved to use the NIOM TESTED quality seal, with the test report number, and the products and their version, if relevant, to which it applies.
For products that fulfil the requirements set by NIOM, the client is granted a license to reproduce and utilize the NIOM TESTED quality seal for a period of 2 years after the first test of the products by NIOM. Thereafter, the license can be extended for 2 year-periods, provided that the client provides NIOM with a written statement confirming that the products have not been modified since the initial evaluation. Such written statement must be received by NIOM within the last 6 months of the initial license period.
The NIOM TESTED quality seal shall only be used for internal, commercial or non-commercial purposes in the following ways:
The NIOM TESTED quality seal shall only be used in a form identical to the design specified by NIOM. NIOM has the right to make changes to the design at any time. Upon written notice from NIOM, the client is obliged to start using the updated version of the NIOM TESTED quality seal for all relevant products as soon as possible and at the latest within a transition period of 6 months from receipt of the written notice from NIOM. The client has no right to make any changes to the design of the NIOM TESTED quality seal or use a modified version of the NIOM TESTED quality seal at any time.
The client may not use the NIOM TESTED quality seal in any manner that creates a misleading, deceptive or falsely advantageous impression of the products.
The NIOM TESTED quality seal may only be applied to the products tested and, where the tested products are part of a product line, not to the entire product line, and in case the tested products are of a specific version, only to that version. The NIOM TESTED quality seal shall thus only be used in connection with the tested version of the products. It may be applied to either the products, on the packaging, in the instruction manual, or in marketing of the products. The client may use the NIOM TESTED quality seal only as long as the products remain unchanged and only as long as the quality requirements set by NIOM are fulfilled.
NIOM has the right to withdraw the license to reproduce and utilize the NIOM TESTED quality seal in case NIOM in its sole but reasonable discretion finds that the requirements are no longer fulfilled or NIOM makes changes in the requirements for granting the seal. The client will be notified of this in writing.
When the license to utilize and reproduce the NIOM TESTED quality seal expires or is withdrawn, the client shall ensure that the NIOM TESTED quality seal is no longer used in connection with the relevant products.