National Standards Authority of Ireland Act, 1996

Standard marks.

20.—(1) The Authority may, by notice published in Iris Oifigiúil, specify a standard mark or marks for use, in accordance with this Act, in connection with commodities, processes and practices generally or with any class or kind of commodity, process or practice to indicate conformity with a standard specification, with a specification under the seal of the Authority or with a specification of a body recognised by the Authority.

(2) The marks prescribed under section 24 of the Act of 1961 which were in force immediately before the commencement of this Act shall be deemed to have been specified under this section and may be withdrawn accordingly.

(3) A standard mark shall include the words “Caighdeán Éireannach” or the initials “C.É.” and may include the words “Irish Standard” or the initials “I.S.” or any other mark.

(4) The Authority may, by notice published in Iris Oifigiúil, withdraw the specification of a standard mark.

(5) Where a standard mark for use in connection with a commodity, process or practice conforming to a particular standard specification is for the time being in force, the following provisions shall have effect—

(a) the Authority shall be the proprietor of the standard mark;

(b) for the purposes of the Merchandise Marks Acts, 1887 to 1978, and the Trade Marks Act, 1996 , the standard mark shall be a trade mark.