Güteschutzverband Betonschalungen e. V. was founded in 1992. The main aim of the association is to promote a spirit of partnership between formwork users and suppliers, as well as the development and quality assurance of formwork technology. The members of the association are recruited mainly from reputable manufacturers of formwork and a smaller group of European formwork users.
In accordance with its main aim, the association prepares and publishes rules, guidelines and informational booklets for the construction, design and use of formwork. Participation in the drafting of standards at national and international level is of particular importance.
A further part of the association's role is to determine the requirements for attaining the GSV mark. The association awards GSV marks to applicants who meet the required defined criteria. The association or an appointed person or institution is also obliged to monitor the GSV mark user.