Approval for the Middle East

Secure Imports to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq

Germany is one of the top exporters to the Arab market. Since 2008, our subsidiary DIN CERTCO has been issueing certificates of conformity for exports to Saudi Arabia. Products intended for Kuwait are tested according to KUCAS guidelines - short for the Kuwait Conformity Assessment Scheme. We perform the necessary checks and prepare the Technical Inspection Report required for the release of imported goods.

Benefits at a Glance

With TÜV Rheinland product approval, you can:

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

Saudi Arabia

Consumer Goods
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, requires a new certificate of conformity for every delivery made. When making repeat deliveries, however, existing documentation can be used again - greatly simplifying the certification process. Exceptions to the CoC rule include goods sent to government bodies. Our subsidiary DIN CERTCO is accredited by the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO).

Telecom Technology
All devices intended for use in the public telephone network require authorization from the Communication and Information Technology Commission, or CITC.

Energy Efficiency
Since April 2010, devices with relatively high levels of energy consumption must now be tested and certified for energy efficiency. This is in addition to the CoC requirements. The product must be registered with the SASO, before it can receive the efficiency label.

  • Air conditioners
  • Refrigerators, freezers, and combination units
  • Washing machines

Medical Products
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.


Required Approval for Kuwait
KUCAS, the Kuwait Conformity Assessment Scheme, is the local system for product approval established by the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Industry (PAI). You must obtain a Technical Inspection Report (TIR) 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.

Technical Inspection in Germany
Since the end of 2008, we have been authorized by the PAI to act as its proxy - testing products according to KUCAS guidelines and issuing TIRs - in the exporter's own country. We currently test electrical toys, household appliances, and industrial electrical and gas appliances.

Simplified Procedures for Repeat Deliveries
The Technical Inspection Report can include various products within a shipment. Repeat deliveries of the same product can be easily documented. The TIR is based on international technical standards - such as IEC regulations for electrical products, in conjunction with various local guidelines.


Mandatory Registration in Iraq

The TUV Rheinland Group has been appointed by the Republic of Iraq for Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (VOC) of imported goods. Effective from January 1st 2013, TUV Rheinland issues Certificates of Conformity for all products that meet the Iraqi safety requirements.

The VOC programme covers at least 12 product categories focusing on both Iraqi national standards and international requirements. The program will ensure that all products entering Iraq will meet a minimum level of safety for both consumers and the environment. Obtaining a TUV Rheinland Certificate of Conformity will ensure a faster release of products at Iraqi customs.
(The current appointment does not include the Kurdistan region of Iraq.)

The Iraq ICIGI program follows a similar process to other import inspection programs. The following outlines the necessary steps to be taken in order to ensure conformity of products.

Request for Verification

The Importer / Exporter must lodge a request for verification with TUV Rheinland. This request must include the following documents:

  • TUV Application Form
  • Pro forma invoice / Final invoice / Letter of Credit (with list and designation of goods intended to be exported)
  • Conformity documents that may be available for the goods intended to be exported, such as: Safety Certificates, Test Reports / Reports of analysis according to acceptable safety standards and / or regulations: IQS, ISO, ISO/IEC, EN/BS
  • Certificates related to the management of quality / safety systems (ISO 22000, HACCP, ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO/TS 16949.._)

Documentary Verification

Following the submission of the required documents, TUV Rheinland will review and check the documents to ensure they meet the Iraqi standards.

Physical Inspection

Depending on the type of product and available documentation, inspection may be required / requested to check that goods match the ones identified during the documentary review, and that they comply with the appropriate standards. In case of doubt, the TUV Rheinland inspector may take samples for additional assessment / counter analysis.

Certificate of Conformity

TUV Rheinland verifies the consistency and accuracy of the data collected during the verification process. Upon the satisfactory result and receipt of the final invoice and transport document (BL, AWB..) a secured Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is issued. The original CoC is required for customs clearance of goods.

Verification at Destination

Verification of the certificate will be performed at destination. The CoC will be authenticated and the consistency between the CoC and the import documents will be verified. A visual check of the condition of the shipment and goods / packages may also take place at the discretion of Iraqi customs authorities.

In addition to the Iraq ICIGI program, TUV Rheinland also works with other countries for similar programs. This is in addition to our strong global network of product testing laboratories strategically positioned around the world.