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TESTS & CHECKS

RECENT TEST RESULTS
»VERY GOOD« And »GOOD«

Ritex products are made exclusively in Germany from the highest quality raw materials using the latest technology. This is also reflected in periodic tests that independent institutes carry out. Below is an overview of some of our products’ test ratings.

Bio - VEGAN LUBRICANT gel

ÖKO-TEST Magazine 5/2017
Rating: VERY GOOD | In the test: 20 lubricants

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Kinderwunsch CONTRACEPTION LUBRICANT GEL

ÖKO-TEST magazine 5/2017
Rating: GOOD | In the test: 20 lubricants

 

Condoms are medical products

According to the European Council Directive 93/42/EEC concerning medical products, all medical products must be safe and compatible and reflect the latest science and technology. Manufacturers have to prove this to the so-called "notified bodies". The notified bodies check the quality management presented by the manufacturer. If all requirements are satisfied, the notified body provides the manufacturer with certification. The manufacturer documents this certification by printing the CE marking on their product or packaging. As condoms belong to a high medical device class - IIb - the number of the notified body must also be provided after the CE marking.

European standard for quality management systems

EN-ISO 4074 is the harmonised European standard for condoms. Condoms that meet this standard’s requirements also meet the fundamental requirements of the European Council Directive concerning medical products.
Manufacturers of medical products are reviewed by their notified body every year. During these checks, the manufacturer must demonstrate that their quality management system can meet the requirements for the medical device being certified. The accompanying EU certificate confirms that, in accordance with the European Council Directive concerning medical devices, Ritex has implemented and continues to apply the best possible quality assurance system for each phase from design to final product inspections.

External monitoring of product quality

In addition to statutory requirements, Ritex also has the quality of its condoms monitored externally by the State Materials Testing Institute (MPA), Darmstadt, in accordance with inspection programme IP-494. With this inspection program, MPA Darmstadt has created a programme for the quality assurance of condoms and the inspection of condom manufacturers which actually goes beyond the requirements of the current EN ISO 4074.

This ensures not only that the manufacturer’s quality management system is up to standard, but also that the quality of the products themselves is reviewed.

The MPA takes samples from manufacturers and checks them in the institute's laboratory. Ritex has committed itself contractually to making its condom production and product quality subject to this stringent monitoring programme. Only the condoms that have fully satisfied all requirements are awarded the "MPA TESTED" label.

In 1980, MPA Darmstadt was the first in Germany to develop quality and testing specifications for condoms with RAL-RG 203. The same applies to the first official German standard, DIN 58993, also created by MPA Darmstadt in 1990. In 1996, MPA Darmstadt was a major contributor to the creation of the first European standard, EN 600. The same applies for the International Standard EN ISO 4074: 2002. The most up-to-date version of this international standard dates back to 2015.

Dermatologically tested

Ritex condoms & lubricants stand out thanks to their excellent skin tolerance

When developing products and during the whole production process, Ritex takes utmost care in ensuring the products' compatibility with skin. In clinical trials, the skin compatibility of our condoms and lubricants was rated "very good" by an independent accredited institute. Further information on this can be requested from us free of charge.

Former Test results

RR.1

Stiftung Warentest
April 2009 edition | Highest rating: GOOD | In the test: 26 condoms
August 2004 edition | Highest rating: GOOD | In the test: 26 condoms
June 1999 edition | Highest rating: GOOD | In the test: 29 condoms
June 1994 edition | Highest rating: GOOD | In the test: 31 condoms
June 1991 edition | Rating: VERY GOOD | In the test: 9 condoms
April 1987 edition | Rating: VERY GOOD | In the test: 21 condoms

Ideal

Stiftung Warentest
April 2009 edition | Highest rating: GOOD | In the test: 26 condoms
August 2004 edition | Highest rating: GOOD | In the test: 26 condoms
June 1999 edition | Highest rating: GOOD | In the test: 29 condoms
June 1994 edition | Highest rating: GOOD | In the test: 31 condoms
June 1991 edition | Rating: VERY GOOD | In the test: 9 condoms
October 1988 edition | Rating: VERY GOOD | In the test: 21 condoms


XXL

Stiftung Warentest
August 2004 edition | Rating: GOOD | In the test: 26 condoms

GEL+

Stiftung Warentest
December 2007 edition | Mucosa compatibility: very good (A+), microbiological quality: very good (A+), packaging: good (A-), declaration: good (A-) | In the test: 15 lubricant gels

ÖKO-TEST
May 2005 edition | Rating: VERY GOOD | In the test: 27 lubricant gels

Note: This is a current image of the product.
The design may differ during the test period.