Standards and Compliance

Summary

All of our frames carry the European CE mark. Our lenses are 'glazed' (ground) in the UK, in a highly regarded ANSI and ISO compliant lens laboratory. This process is overseen by a General Optical Council member in good standing. We take payments via Visa and Mastercard and comply with all of their rules. We run our site on Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant servers and routers. We serve all site pages by SSL for improved security and privacy. We have a no-quibble 30 return policy, and when we say 'no quibble' we mean it. We are actively looking for opportunities to follow best practises regarding user experience, service quality, product quality, and after-sales support, because doing so is better for our customers, makes us a better company, and is therefore better for us as well.

Frame Standards

The internationally recognised standards for eyewear are developed and revised periodically by industry representatives who develop and approve standards facilitated by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

These standards are adopted globally and augmented and controlled by the appropriate national/international bodies such as the FDA in America and the European Standardisation Committee in Europe as well as the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO).

All of our frames and lenses are chosen for their high standards of quality and comply with the standards and requirements of each of our worldwide markets.

Europe

The CE mark

Since June 14, 1998, the CE (CE = Communité Européen) labelling stipulations have been in force for products to which EU directives and the appropriate standards apply.

The CE mark is the consumer’s guarantee that the minimum safety and performance requirements are met by the product to the extent stipulated by standards.

All of our frames have the CE mark.

USA

FDA Classification

Regulation

Magnifying Spectacles (Frame+Lens)

886.5840

Spectacle Frame

886.5842

Sunglasses (Non-Prescription) (Frame+Lens)

886.5850

Lens Standards

All of our lenses are chosen for their high standards of quality and comply with the standards and requirements of each of our worldwide markets.

Europe

The CE mark

Since June 14, 1998, the CE (CE = Communité Européen) labelling stipulations have been in force for products to which EU directives and the appropriate standards apply.

The CE mark is the consumer’s guarantee that the minimum safety and performance requirements are met by the product to the extent stipulated by standards.

All of our lenses have the CE mark.

DIN EN ISO 14889 and DIN EN ISO 8980-3

These standards, DIN EN ISO 14889 and DIN EN ISO 8980-3, which were compiled with the participation of international experts, stipulates the basic requirements to be met by finished uncut spectacle lenses. These requirements cover such subjects as physiological compatibility, flammability, testing for mechanical strength and the transmittance of uncut finished spectacle lenses.

USA

Ball Drop Test- FDA standard 21 CFR 801.410

Ball-drop test - In the basic impact test, a 1 in (2.54 cm) steel ball is dropped on the lens from a height of 50 in (127 cm). In the high velocity test, a 1/4 in (6.35 mm) steel ball is shot at the lens at 150 ft/s (45.72 m/s). To pass both tests, no part of the lens may touch the eye.

All of our lenses are sourced from manufacturers who meet or exceed the FDA requirements for optical frames listed below. Click on the Regulation for full details.

FDA Classification

Regulation

Magnifying Spectacles (Frame+Lens)

886.5840

Prescription Spectacles Lens

886.5844

Sunglasses (Non-Prescription) (Frame+Lens)

886.5850

Sunglasses and Readers (OTC)

Europe

European standard EN 1836:2005

The European standard tests on UV transmittance and categorised the four filter levels (0-4). The British standard (BS EN 1836:2005) test sunglasses against their UV transmittance. All sunglasses that meet the British standard will carry the ‘CE‘ mark which should be visible on the sunglasses.

USA

ANSI Z87.1-2003

This standard requires all sunglasses (including toy sunglasses that can be worn as fashion sunglasses) to be tested for UV and visible light transmittance, as well as meeting the FDA standard 21 CFR 801.410 for impact resistance.

Ball Drop Test- FDA standard 21 CFR 801.410

Ball-drop test - In the basic impact test, a 1 in (2.54 cm) steel ball is dropped on the lens from a height of 50 in (127 cm). In the high velocity test, a 1/4 in (6.35 mm) steel ball is shot at the lens at 150 ft/s (45.72 m/s). To pass both tests, no part of the lens may touch the eye.

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