Approvals for the Middle East
Secure Market Access to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq
With its mix of established economies and strong emerging markets, the Middle East presents excellent opportunities for manufacturers from around the world. With its many years of experience and accreditations in all major markets, TÜV Rheinland can offer a broad scope of testing and certification services for various import products in compliance with regulations.
In line with a wide range of assessment schemes and with our state-of-the-art facilities around the world, we provide all the necessary approvals for Saudi Arabia for safety, energy efficiency, medical devices, and telecommunications goods.
We also facilitate market access to Kuwait in compliance with Kuwaiti Conformity Assurance Scheme (KUCAS) guidelines for testing and preparing technical inspection reports. In addition, we offer the Iraq certificate of conformity for 84 different types of products after testing and prior shipment control. And, with services for UAE product approvals, your goods can go to market without any delay.
Benefits at a Glance
With TÜV Rheinland product approval, you:
- Benefit from speedy introduction to your market of choice
- Gain a lead over the global competition
- Save money - thanks to our experience and expertise
- Saudi Arabia
Most goods intended for import to Saudi Arabia require a certificate of conformity, or CoC. This verifies your product's compatibility with national regulations – from consumer protection to religious rules. The Saudi Arabian customs and excise office, incidentally, also requires a new certificate of conformity for every delivery made. When making repeat deliveries, however, existing documentation can be used again, which greatly simplifyies the certification process. Exceptions to the CoC rule include goods sent to government bodies. TÜV Rheinland is accredited by the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO).
All devices intended for use in the public telephone network require authorization from the Communication and Information Technology Commission, or CITC. TÜV Rheinland can help you gain the necessary approval for these imports to Saudi Arabia.
Energy Efficiency Labeling
Since April 2010, devices with higher levels of energy consumption must be tested and certified for energy efficiency, in addition to CoC requirements. Before entering the country, products must bear the required efficiency label by registering with SASO, the Saudi standards, metrology and quality organization. Devices that fall under this category include:
- Air conditioners
Saudi Arabia is currently developing its own approval procedures for medical products. During this transitional phase, manufacturers must obtain approval from one of the five founding members of the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF) - Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, or Japan. Additional national requirements apply to products introduced to the Saudi Arabian market. TÜV Rheinland is one of the few independent agencies authorized by the Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA) to review the relevant approval criteria. For up-to-date information, please consult our Web pages on medical products and technology.
- Air conditioners
Technical Inspection Report
KUCAS, the Kuwait Conformity Assessment Scheme, is the local system for product approval established by the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Industry (PAI). For a shipment base certificate a Technical Inspection Report (TIR) must first be obtained for your product. This is issued by a designated inspection and certification agency. Should you fail to obtain this report, your product will be tested in local laboratories – and held at customs until approved. Products with negative test results will be rejected. Let TÜV Rheinland help you avoid costly and time-consuming delays to your product’s market launch.
Authorized to Inspect by PAI
Since the end of 2008, TÜV Rheinland has been authorized by the PAI to act as its proxy – testing products according to KUCAS guidelines and issuing Technical Inspection Reports (TIR) in the exporter's own country. We currently test:
- Electrical toys
- Household appliances
- Industrial electrical and gas appliances
The TIR issued with your import can include various products within a shipment. Repeat deliveries of the same product can easily be documented. The TIR is based on international technical standards – such as IEC regulations for electrical products, in conjunction with various local guidelines.
Ministry of Communications Approval (Type Approval Certificate)
All devices intended for use in the public telephone network require authorization from the Ministry of Communications (MOC). TÜV Rheinland can help you gain the necessary approval for these imports to Kuwait
- UAE (United Arabian Emirates)
ECAS (Emirates Conformity Assessment Scheme)
Electrical products imported into the UAE are regulated by the ESMA (Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology). TÜV Rheinland offers all the required services for testing your products for compliance with the necessary regulations.
Telecom products imported into the UAE must prove compliance with the TRA Approval regulations and standards. Our experts offer all manner of testing services for compliance with the authority’s standards.
Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (VOC)
The TÜV Rheinland Group has been appointed by the Republic of Iraq to issue pre-export Verification of Conformity (VOC) for imported goods. Effective since January 2013, TÜV Rheinland can issue certificates of conformity for all products that meet the Iraqi safety requirements.
The VOC program covers at least 12 product categories, focusing both on Iraqi national standards and international requirements. The program ensures that all products entering Iraq meet a minimum level of safety for both consumers and the environment. Obtaining a TÜV Rheinland Certificate of Conformity ensures a faster release of products at Iraqi customs.
(The current appointment does not include the Kurdistan region of Iraq.)
Import Inspection Process
The Iraq ICIGI program follows a similar process to other import inspection programs. The following steps are necessary to ensure conformity of products:
Request for Verification
The importer or exporter must lodge a request for verification with TÜV Rheinland. This request must include the following documents:
- TÜV application form
- Pro forma invoice / final invoice / letter of credit (with list and designation of goods intended to be exported or imported)
- Conformity documents for the goods to be exported, such as: safety certificates, test reports / reports of analysis in compliance with applicable safety standards or regulations: IQS, ISO, ISO/IEC, EN/BS
- Certificates for management of quality and safety systems (e.g. ISO 22000, HACCP, ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO/TS 16949)
Following submission of the required documents, TÜV Rheinland reviews and checks the documents to ensure they meet the Iraqi standards.
Depending on the type of product and documentation available, inspection may be required or requested to check that goods match the ones identified during the documentary review, and that they comply with the appropriate standards. In doubt, TÜV Rheinland inspectors may take samples for additional assessment or counter analysis.
Certificate of Conformity
TÜV Rheinland then verifies the consistency and accuracy of the data collected during the verification process. If the result is satisfactory and once the final invoice and transport document (BL, AWB, etc.) has been received, a secured Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is issued. The original CoC is required for customs clearance of goods.
Verification at Destination
The certificate is verified at the final destination. This step authenticates the CoC and verifies consistency between the CoC and the import documents. A visual check of the condition of the shipment and goods and packages can also be done at the discretion of the Iraqi customs authorities.
In addition to the Iraq ICIGI program, TÜV Rheinland also works with other countries for similar programs. To service customers wherever they are, we have a strong global network of product testing laboratories strategically positioned around the world.
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