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Approval of washing agents
In accordance with the “Industry Initiative for the Reduction of Solvent Emissions in Offset Printing”, a large number of compatibility tests (e.g. with elastomeric materials) are carried out and the risk of corrosion is assessed. The approval and thus the certification of the washing agents is done by the respective printing press and washing system manufacturers.
Approved products are entered and published both in the manufacturers' databases and in the FograCert database. On the product itself you can indicate the approval in the form of a FograCert logo.
Dr Philipp Stolper
Head of Materials & Environment
+49 89 431 82 - 354
You would like to have your washing agent certified (validity: 5 years for Sheetfed and 10 years for web offset) or renew an existing certification?
We need from you
a written order to perform the approval test (complete or repeat test),
the Safety Data Sheet (SDS),
the confirmation of the BG ETEM,
the washing agent: The amount depends on the typ of press as well as on the press manufacturers (ca. 5 to 12 liters).
It is also recommended to contact the respective printing press or washing system manufacturer. Some manufacturers also test the washing agent's cleaning effect in a practical test or demand safety-related parameters such as the lower explosion limit or the response factor with regard to propane.
|General information||General informationen of the procedure to approve your washing agent||V23.2||26.05.2023||Download|
|Weboffset||Critical tests of the approval procedure for washing agents used in weboffset||V17.1||13.04.2017||Download|
|Sheetfed||Critical tests of the approval procedure for washing agents used in sheetfed presses||V17.1||13.04.2017||Download|
|Method 24||Determination of the VOC (volatile organic compounds)||V20.1||30.09.2020||Download|
After receipt of your order at Fogra you will receive an order confirmation from us, which contains all the details of the test period, contact person and price. The processing period for a approval test (complete or repeat test) is approximately 8 to 10 weeks.
The test criteria depend on the press manufacturers and are individually coordinated. As the press manufacturers cooperate in emission reduction activities, but there is a competitive situation in the sale of new printing presses, detailed information on the materials used for the tests cannot be provided.
After completion of the tests, Fogra sends all results in the form of a final report to the press manufacturer. On the basis of the test results, the manufacturer decides whether the product can be recommended for use on the press or washing system. In case of a successful certification the manufacturer authorises Fogra to issue the test certificate or to extend the release. Furthermore we list your washing agent in our FograCert database.
Extract from the price list:
Approval for a sheetfed press (UV / conventional):
€ 2,991.45 (Fogra member) | € 4,273.50 (regular)
Approval for web offset presses (Koenig & Bauer Digital & Web Solutions AG & Co. KG
and manroland Goss web systems GmbH):
€ 6,254.85 (Fogra member) | € 8,935.50 (regular)
Cleaning systems of Baldwin Germany GmbH (sheetfed and web offset):
€ 2,719.50 (Fogra member) | € 3,885.00 (regular)
I would be pleased to provide you a non-binding offer for your washing agent certification: