Approvals for the Middle East
Secure Market Access to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Qatar, UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council Region
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 provide 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 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.
Benefit by the Notified Body status of TÜV Rheinland for the G-Mark in the Gulf States.
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
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).
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
- Combination units
- Washing machines
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kurdistan Region, Republic of Iraq
Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (VOC)
Shipments going to the Kurdistan Region – Republic of Iraq require a Certificate of Conformity to get access granted to the market. Kurdistan Standardization Quality Control Administration (KSQCA) has regulated 13 product categories to
- Protect the environment and consumers from dangerous, substandard or counterfeit products
- Protect the domestic industry from unfair competition of non-compliant goods
- Facilitate trade through the avoidance of consignment testing upon arrival at the border
TÜV Rheinland has been appointed by the Kurdistan Standards Quality Control Administration (KSQCA) to issue Certificates of Conformity for those regulated goods shipped to the Kurdistan Region, Republic of Iraq.
- Electrical and Electronic products
- Used and new Vehicles, Motorcycles, Tires and Spare Parts
- Construction Products
- Food Products (alcohol and energy drinks only)
- Cosmetic and Personal Hygiene Products
- Household Hardware
- Household Burning Fuel Appliances
- Metrological Materials
Obtaining a TÜV Rheinland Certificate of Conformity ensures a faster release of products at the Kurdistan customs.
Verification of Conformity Process
Following steps are performed to provide the CoC to the exporter
Request for Verification
The importer or exporter lodges a request for verification with TÜV Rheinland for a specific shipment. This request includes the following documents:
- Kurdistan ICIGI - TÜV Rheinland application form
- Pro forma invoice / final invoice
- Test reports from ISO 17025 accredited laboratories
- Bill of lading / Airway Bill (if applicable)
Documentary Verification of Documentation
TÜV Rheinland reviews and checks the documents to ensure that the goods meet the Kurdistan requirements.
Inspection is required to check that the consignment complies with the appropriate markings / labellings.
Certificate of Conformity
If the result of the Verification of Documentation and the Pre-Shipment Inspection is satisfactory and the final invoice and transport document (BL, AWB, etc.) have been received, a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) will be issued.
Verification at Point of Destination
The certificate is verified at the selected entry point of the Kurdistan Region, Republic of Iraq. At the discretion of the Kurdistan customs authority, a visual check of the condition of the shipments may also be conducted.
In addition to the Kurdistan 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 laboratories strategically positioned around the world.
Gulf Region / GSO Members
G-Mark from GSO
TÜV Rheinland is one of the first organizations to be registered as Notified Body under the Gulf Technical Regulations for both Toys and Electrical products. We can provide the necessary evaluation and approval services to allow for the regulatory Gulf conformity marking (“G-mark”) for products sold in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) member countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Yemen.
Testing, Verification and Gulf Type Examination Certificate (Electrical, Toys)
For electrical products specified in List (2) of the Gulf Technical Regulation (BD-142004-01) a 3rd party approval by a Notified Body to evaluate the technical documentation including the manufacturer’s risk analysis, is mandatory.
Such products include household appliances, plugs, socket outlets, chargers and other similar products.
Requirements include safety, electromagnetic compatibility and compliance with the national requirements of the Gulf States.
Children’s toys manufactured in or imported to the Gulf states must fulfill all particular safety requirements listed under the technical regulation related to physical, mechanical, chemical, flammability, electrical, hygiene and radioactive properties.
Tests need to be performed by a Notified Body laboratory and for certain products a Gulf Type Examination is required.
Importers need verification of toy safety by a Notified Body for each shipment to the GCC market, unless they can demonstrate that the manufacturer has complied with all obligations in the Regulation.
In addition to compliance with technical requirements for products, the manufacturers or importers are also obligated to undergo the corresponding conformity assessment procedure, ensure quality in production and retain technical documentation in order to legally affix the Gulf Conformity Marking (“G-Mark”) to their products.
TÜV Rheinland is accredited by GAC and registered by GSO as a Notified Body under these two Gulf Technical Regulations.
We are happy to support you with our Market Access Solution to the Gulf States.
Egypt Conformity Assessment for Leather Products & Footwear
Egypt Conformity Assessment
All imported textile and leather products listed in the Ministerial Decree No. 961 of 2012 into Egypt must be accompanied by a Certificate of Conformity to ensure compliance with applicable Egyptian standards.
Products in Scope:
- Textiles & Garments
- Ready-made Clothes
- Linen & textiles used in manufacturing garments
- Dyed and Colored Yarns
- Carpets & Floor CoveringsHome Textiles
- Natural Leather
- Synthetic leather
- Shoes & Components
- Bags (Textile or Leather)
Qatar Verification of Conformity (VOC)
Verification of Conformity (VOC)
Qatar's customs authorities will not allow the import of regulated products, unless they are accompanied by a CoC issued by an approved body from the country of export, and the CoC should be accompanied with a Test report issued by an ISO 17025 accredited Laboratory as per the approved Qatari Standards.
Products in Scope:
- All types of Children's toys
- Vehicle Tyres
- Safety Belts
- Wheel Rims
- Brake Pads
- Exhaust Fans
- Flexible electrical cords
- Electric water heaters.
- Electric ovens
- Electric heaters
- Microwave ovens
- Electric Irons
- Hair Dryers and hair straighteners
- Display all
- Kuwait, Procedure, TIR (PDF, 139 KB)
- Saudi Arabia, Procedure, SASO CoC (PDF, 107 KB)
- Iraq, Procedure, ICIGI CoC (PDF, 409 KB)
- Iraq, Flyer, ICIGI CoC (PDF, 2.02 MB)
- Kurdistan ICIGI Exporter Guidelines (PDF, 493 KB)
- Kurdistan ICIGI Brochure (PDF, 1.09 MB)
- GCC Notified Body for Toys (PDF, 208 KB)
- GCC Notified Body for Electrical Equipment (PDF, 224 KB)