Approvals for the Middle East

Secure Market Access to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq

With its mix of established economies and strong emerging markets, the Middle East presents excellent opportunities for manufacturers from around the world. Based on 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 can providethe necessary approvals for Saudi Arabia for safety, energy efficiency, medical devices, and telecommunications goods.

We also facilitate market access to Kuwait in compliance with the Kuwait Conformity Assurance Scheme (KUCAS) guidelines for testing and preparing technical inspection reports. In addition, we offer the Iraq certificate of conformity for products listed in the compulsory ICIGI program, as well as for commercial products. And, with the help of our services for UAE product approvals, your goods can go onto the market there without any delay.

Benefits At A Glance

With TÜV Rheinland product approvals, you:

  • Benefit from a speedy introduction to your market of choice
  • Gain the lead over the global competition
  • Save money - thanks to our experience and expertise


  • Saudi Arabia
    • Safety CoC
      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, initiallyrequires a new certificate of conformity for every delivery made. When making repeat deliveries, however, existing documentation can be used again, which considerably simplifies the certification process. Exceptions to the CoC rule apply to goods sent to government bodies. TÜV Rheinland is accredited by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality (SASO).

      CITC Approval
      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
      • Refrigerators
      • Freezers
      • Combination units
      • Washing machines

      SFDA Approval
      Saudi Arabia currently is 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. TÜV Rheinland is one of the few independent agencies authorized by the Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA) to test according to the relevant national approval criteria. For up-to-date information, please consult our Web pages on medical products and technology.

  • Kuwait
    • 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). As a shipment base certificate a Technical Inspection Report (TIR) must first be obtained for your product. This TIR can be issued by TÜV Rheinland as 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
      • Tobacco products
      • Plastic tableware

      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

  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    • ECAS (Emirates Conformity Assessment Scheme)
      Various electrical products imported into the UAE are regulated by ESMA (Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology). TÜV Rheinland offers all the required services for testing your products for compliance with the necessary regulations.

      TRA Approval (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority)
      Telecom products imported into the UAE must prove compliance with the approval regulations and standards of the TRA. Our experts offer all kind of testing services for compliance with the authority’s standards.

  • Iraq
    • 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. (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 for a specific shipment. This request must include the following documents:

      • TÜV application form
      • Pro forma invoice / final invoice / letter of credit (with a list and designation of goods intended to be exported or imported)
      • Packing list (with information of containers)
      • Conformity documents for the goods to be exported, such as: safety certificates, test reports / reports of analysis in accordance 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)

      Verification of Documentation
      Following submission of all the required documents, TÜV Rheinland reviews and checks the documents to ensure the goods correspond with the documents and that they meet the Iraqi standards.

      Pre-shipment Inspection
      Depending on the type of product and documentation available, inspection may be required to check that goods match the ones identified in the documenation, and that they comply with the appropriate standards.

      Certificate of Conformity
      TÜV Rheinland then certifies 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 Certificate of Conformity (CoC) will be issued. The original of the CoC is required for customs clearance of the goods.

      Verification at Point of Destination
      The certificate is checked at the final destination. During this step the authenticityof the CoC is confirmed and consistency between the CoC and the import documents verified. At the discretion of the Iraqi customs authorities, a visual check of the condition of the shipment and goods and packaging may also be done..

      In addition to the Iraq ICIGI program, TÜV Rheinland also works with other countries for similar programs. To service our customers independently from wherever they are, we have a strong global network of product testing and certification facilities strategically positioned around the world.

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