ISO 12647 (in English) 

Customers increase their demands on quality, predictability and turnaround time. It is important for printmedia companies to meet the customer requirements. Controlling the production process through "colormanagement" can add customer value. Do you want to analyse the colors of your proof or print? Do you want to certify your proof or print according to the ISO 12647 standard? It is possible. The use of ISO 12647 provides an excellent outcome.The international standard in print production is of great importance for process control, quality assurance and customer relations of printers and prepress service providers.

Demands of the customer

The customers increase their demands on quality, predictability and turnaround time. The use of ISO 12647 provides an excellent outcome. The ISO 12647 standard is an agreement on European level, to secure the quality of the color spectrum, to ensure optimization and to achieve easier cooperation within printing companies. In other words, the same type of printing, which can be produced by different printers. ISO 12647 is the standard for printing. In the coming years, the various customers will require higher demands on the specifications of the printing processes as a result of ISO 12647.

As a print company you can indicate that you wish to become certified. The start of that process is an interview in your company. In that meeting a roadmap will be prepared to achieve the certification. The SCGM audits your company using accredited auditors. During this visit proofs are made with the aid of the test form. This test form is used from PDF format till printing through the company. The printed sheets will be examined by accredited laboratories in the Netherlands and Belgium.

The Audit by SCGM

If your company is prepared to produce under ISO 12647 conditions you can start with the audit process. Contact our organisation or fill in the Application for ISO 12647 Audit and an appointment will be made to start the procedure. The Certification Requirements and information about the auditstandard ISO 12647 you can find on this website.

Audit Examination by IGT Testing laboratories and VIGC
During the audit by the SCGM a test form is used. The test form will be used during the audit in the prepress and / or printing processes. The digital data and press sheets will be examined in laboratories in the Netherlands (IGT Testing) and Belgium (VIGC). Both institutions are accredited by the SCGM to test them.

IGT Testing Systems
IGT Testing Systems is an independent company with its headquarters in Amsterdam. It is the successor of the renowned TNO Institute of Graphic Techniques, founded in 1939. IGT has offices in the U.S. and the Far East.

The first check of the results (data and printed sheets) of the ISO 12647 audit by the SCGM occurs in the laboratory of IGT. After the measurements, the results are send to the testing laboratory in Belgium.

VIGC, the Flemish Innovation Center for Graphic Communication (VIGC) is the independent knowledge centre for the printing industy in Belgium. The VIGC focuses on innovation in the graphic production.
In practice this means support, up-to-date knowledge and increasing the knowledge of employees in companies, optimization of production processes, and exploring new possibilities.

The second opinion on the result of the audit will take place in the laboratory of the VIGC.

The Audit

The results of the audit at the company are recorded by the auditor in the audit report. This report also includes the test results of the laboratories: IGT Testing or VIGC. If all results are positive the company complies with the ISO 12647 standard. The company will receive the SCGM ISO 12647 Certificate.

More information

The SCGM audits also the ISO standard outside The Netherlands. If you want more information on certification of the ISO standard 12647 in your company please contact us by telephone: 0031 5435685 or send an email to