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Approvals for the Middle East

Approvals for the Middle East

Secure Market Access to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, 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 may enter the local market 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 tax authorities, require a new certificate of conformity for every delivery made. For repeated deliveries, however, existing documentation supporting the issuance of the CoC may be continuously used, which considerably simplifies the certification process. Exceptions to the CoC rule apply to e.g. goods designated for government bodies. TÜV Rheinland is accredited by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality (SASO) to issue ‘Certificates of Conformity’

CITC Approval
All devices intended for use in the public telephone network require authorization from the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC). TÜV Rheinland can help you gain the necessary approval for these imports to Saudi Arabia.

Energy Efficiency Label Approval
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 and be registered with SASO. Regulated devices are:

  • Air conditioners
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Washing machines
  • Lamps
  • Electric motors

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.


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
TÜV Rheinland has been authorized by the PAI to test products according to KUCAS guidelines and to issue Technical Inspection Reports (TIR) in the exporter's own country. This applies to the following regulated products:

  • Household-, commercial electrical and gas appliances
  • Others (facial tissue papers, cigarettes, melamine tableware)

Repeated deliveries of the same product may be handled by a simplified procedure. 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 to gain the necessary approval for these imports to Kuwait.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Emirates Conformity Assessment Scheme

Emirates Authority for Metrology and Standardization (ESMA) regulates below listed consumer products for the UAE market.

Consequently, an ECAS certificate or a product certification mark such as Emirates Quality Mark, Energy Efficiency Label, Oxo-biodegradable Mark or an Organic Mark is required:

TÜV Rheinland is authorized as Notified Body to issue ECAS certificates for the following product categories:

  1. Low Voltage Equipment (LVE)
  2. Energy Efficiency Standardization & Labeling (EESL)
  3. Detergents
  4. Cosmetics
  5. Petroleum products
  6. Perfumes
  7. Tobacco products & labeling
  8. ROHS under final approval

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.

Gulf Region / GSO Members

G-Mark by GSO
TÜV Rheinland was 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.

Electrical Equipment and Appliances

For electrical products specified in List (2) of the Gulf Technical Regulation (BD-142004-01), the involvement of a GSO Notified Body to evaluate the technical documentation including the manufacturer’s risk analysis, is mandatory. The conformity assessment as well covers testing, certification (Gulf Type Examination Certificate) and registration. Relevant products include e.g. household appliances, plugs, socket outlets and chargers. Requirements include safety, electromagnetic compatibility and compliance with the national requirements of the Gulf States.

Children Toys

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 a Gulf Type Examination is required.

Importers need verification of toy safety by a GSO Notified Body for each shipment to the GCC market, unless they can demonstrate that the manufacturer has complied with all obligations in the Regulation.

Obligations to manufacturer or importer

In addition to compliance with technical requirements for products and the corresponding conformity assessment procedure, the manufacturers or importers are also obligated to 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.


Verification of Conformity Program

The “Verification of Conformity“ Program (PVoC) regulates the import of several

types of goods to Egypt. Furthermore, manufacturers or owners of trade marks

should be registered at the Egyptian GOEIC (General Organization for Export and

Import Control). TÜV Rheinland is authorized to test, inspect and issue the required ‘Certificates of Inspection (CoI)’ for regulated goods.

Products in Scope (examples):

  • Footwear
  • Home textiles
  • Bags and purses made of textile or leather
  • Various foods
  • Soap and detergents
  • Tableware, cutleries and utensils
  • Sanitary ware, tubs, sinks, toilet and toilet seats
  • Reinforced steel bars
  • Household appliances (stoves, blenders, AC system, fans, washing machines, fryers, heaters)
  • Offices and household furniture
  • Bicycles and motorcycles
  • Household lighting equipment
  • Children’s toys


pdf Market Access to Gulf Countries 413 KB Download
pdf GSO Certification 3 MB Download

Download Global MAS Products Newsletter

pdf Summer Newsletter 8 MB Download

Worldwide Market Access

Worldwide Market Access
Approve a product for sale in a specific country or region

We can help you develop new markets for your products with our global expertise in technical approvals and certifications. Our experts are fully experienced in approval requirements and can manage the required testing.

With our one-stop-shop services, you can have your product tested, certified, and shipped to the destination market as efficiently as possible.

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Iraq ICIGI Program

pdf COSQC Authorization Letter - ICIGI Program 402 KB Download
pdf Exporter Guideline - Iraq ICIGI 492 KB Download
pdf Iraq-ICIGI application form 181 KB Download

Saudi Arabia Conformity Assessment Program

pdf KSA - CAP application form 83 KB Download

Kurdistan ICIGI Program

pdf Product List - Kurdistan ICIGI Program 422 KB Download
pdf Exporter Guideline - Kurdistan ICIGI 169 KB Download
pdf Brochure - Kurdistan ICIGI 309 KB Download
pdf KSQCA Authorization Letter 193 KB Download
pdf Kurdistan - ICIGI application form 88 KB Download

Kuwait KUCAS Program

pdf Exporter Guideline - Kuwait KUCAS Program 178 KB Download
pdf PAI - KUCAS Guidelines 145 KB Download
pdf Kuwait - KUCAS application form 88 KB Download

Saudi Arabia CoC Program Updates

pdf September 2014 - Extension of Importing R22 appliances until 2018 359 KB Download

Iraq ICIGI Program Updates

pdf March 2014 - FOOD and CHEMICALS 169 KB Download
pdf May 2014 - FOOD 121 KB Download
pdf June 2014 - FOOD 168 KB Download
pdf June 2014 Update 2 - FOOD 168 KB Download
pdf September 2014 - FOOD 172 KB Download
pdf October 2014 - Fake Trademarks Alert 98 KB Download
pdf 2012 - COSQC Circular - Auction of Foreign Currency 274 KB Download


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