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Validation Print Creation (VPC)

This certification is aimed at agencies and repro service providers and serves as proof of their professional qualification to produce a colour-accurate validation print during the design process according to ISO 12647-8.


Your benefit

Can you rely on colour accuracy right from the design process? ISO 12647-8 specifies criteria for the certification of validation printing systems and validation printing production. VPC certification is based on the target values and tolerances defined in the current standard. The certification comes with a certificate and a FograCert logo in addition to the technical test report, which shows conformity with ISO 12647-8. Certification details are listed in our FograCert database.

  • Feedback of results within a short time: approx. 1 week

  • Validity of the certification: 1 year

  • Individual FograCert logo: Show your high quality standard!

Donatela Saric

Prepress Technology

+49 89 431 82 - 311

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Your contact

Please contact me without hesitation! I would be glad to offer support.

What you need to do

You would like to have your company certified according to VPC or renew an existing certification?

We need from you

  • The filled out order sheet per combination by e-mail to fogracert_prepress

  • Printouts of the test forms to check the colour matching of a print combination

  1. Evaluation-Testform A

  2. Uniformity-Testformen (3x)

  3. Evaluation-Testform B printed on the following day (with a time interval of 24 hours to evaluation test form A)

Important: Add the Fogra media wedge V3.0 and the complete status bar. For the gloss measurement an edge area (minimum width: 4 cm) of the unprinted substrate is required.

Please send the print samples to:

Fogra Forschungsinstitut für Medientechnologien e.V.
Department Prepress Technology
Einsteinring 1a
85609 Aschheim b. Munich

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Our procedure

Your submitted print will be examined and certified according to the current standard using the following criteria:

  • Gloss, coloration and fluorescence of the substrate

  • Colour accuracy of the Fogra MediaWedge CMYK V3

  • Colour accuracy, colour gamut and gray balance of the ISO 12642-2 test chart

  • Uniformity

  • Tone value reproduction limits/gradients

  • Image register and resolving power

  • Consistency (repeatability “day to day”)

  • Margin information

In case of a successful certification we issue a certificate and list your company in our FograCert database.

Colorimeter on Proof

Our offer

FograCert Validation Print Creation according to ISO 12647-8:

For each printing condition:
€ 273.00 (Fogra member) | € 390.00 (regular)

Any further printing condition or remeasurement with simultaneous submission:
€ 168.00 (Fogra member) | € 240.00 (regular)

Including spot colours (up to 3):
+ € 38.50 (Fogra member) | + € 55.00 (regular)

I would be pleased to provide you with a non-binding offer for your VPC certification: