Approval for the Middle East
Certificates of Conformity for Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kurdistan - Republic of Iraq and Kuwait
International trade has become a significant contributor to the world's economies. With the aim to maintain the trading benefits for a nation's people and environment, governments apply national, regional or international standards to ensure safety for their consumers and environmental protection.
That is the reason for the necessity of Certificates of Conformity that state the compliance with the national requirements of the country of destination.
TÜV Rheinland offers Conformity Assessment services for Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kurdistan, Kuwait and Algeria.
Find out more about the programs in the Services Section.
Benefits at a Glance
With the TÜV Rheinland product verification and certification service you:
- Benefit from a speedy introduction to the market of your choice
- Gain a lead over the global competition
- Save money - thanks to our expertise and short lead times
Conformity Assessment Programs
Most goods aimed for the Saudi Arabia market require a Certificate of Conformity (CoC). The conformity assessment service of TÜV Rheinland verifies that the shipment is in line with the national requirements of Saudi Arabia. TÜV Rheinland has been approved by MOCI and SDFA since 2006 to issue these Certificates of Conformtiy for exporters.
More information on the CoC procedure and from the Program exempted products can be found in the Download section.
All devices intended for use in the public telephone network require authorization from the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC).
Products in scope:
- Mobile phones
- Non specific short range devices
- Wireless audio applications
- Cordless phone
- Wireless LAN devices
Since April 2010, devices with relatively high levels of energy consumption must now be tested and certified for their energy efficiency performance. The Energy Efficiency Label (EER) that consists of a 1-6 star rating, is an approval additionally required to the CoC for Saudi Arabia.
Products in scope:
- Air conditioners
- Refrigerators, freezers, and combination units
- Washing machines
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 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 SFDA to review the relevant approval criteria. For up-to-date information, please consult our Web pages on medical products and technology.
KUCAS, the Kuwait Conformity Assessment Scheme, is the national program for product approvals established by the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Industry (PAI). A Technical Inspection Report (TIR), which is eqaul to the CoC, is needed to prove the conformity of regulated products with Kuwaiti requirements.
TÜV Rheinland has been authorized since 2008 to issue these TIRs on behalf of PAI.
For more information download the KUCAS Exporter Guideline from the Download Section.
Iraq ICIGI Program Overview
The TÜV Rheinland Group has been appointed by COSQC to issue Certificates of Conformity for the Republic of Iraq.
The Verification of Conformity (VOC) program covers 12 product categories following Iraqi Standards, Technical Regulations and International Standards. The program ensures that all products entering Iraq meet the expected safety requirements for consumers and the environment. Obtaining a TÜV Rheinland Certificate of Conformity will also result in a faster release of the consignment at the border points.
Request for a Certificate of Conformity
The Importer / Exporter lodges a request for verification with TÜV Rheinland which includes following documents:
- Iraq ICIGI TÜV Rheinland Application Form
- Pro-forma invoice / Final invoice
- Test report (ISO 17025) as per applicable standard
- Certificates related to the management of quality / safety systems (i.e.ISO 22000, HACCP, ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO/TS 16949)
Kurdistan, Republic of Iraq
Kurdistan ICIGI Program
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.
Request for a Certificate of Conformity
Following documents are required for the Kurdistan ICIGI Program
- 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)
- 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.
Check the download section for helpful documents.
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General Steps - Conformity Assessment Programs
TÜV Rheinland reviews and checks the provided documents to ensure that the listed goods meet the requirements of the country of destination.
Inspection is required to check that the consignment complies with the marking / labelling requirements of the country of destination.
Certificate of Conformity
If the result of the Document Review and the Pre-Shipment Inspection is satisfactory and the final invoice and transport document (BL / AWB) have been received, a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is issued.
Verification at Point of Destination
The certificate is verified at the selected entry point of the country of destination. At the discretion of the concerned customs authority, a visual check of the condition of the shipments may also be conducted.
TÜV Rheinland has a strong global network of product testing and certification facilities that are strategically positioned around the world to serve our clients wherever they are located.