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Approvals for the Middle East

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

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, initially requires a new certificate of conformity for every delivery made. When making repeat deliveries, however, existing documentation supporting the issuance of the CoC 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).

SALEEM Program
Starting January 1, 2018, the current conformity program by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) will be gradually replaced by the Saudi Product Safety Program (SALEEM). For this purpose, the SASO has developed the new online system SABER. For more detailed information, please click here.

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.


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
  • 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.

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
  • Cosmetics
  • Vehicle Tyres
  • Safety Belts
  • Wheel Rims
  • Brake Pads
  • Exhaust Fans
  • Flexible electrical cords
  • Electric water heaters.
  • Electric ovens
  • Electric heaters
  • Toasters
  • Microwave ovens
  • Electric Irons
  • Hair Dryers and hair straighteners


pdf Product sheet G-mark - Market Access to Gulf Countries 410 KB Download

Approval Guidelines

pdf Kuwait, Procedure, TIR 139 KB Download
pdf Saudi Arabia, Procedure, SASO CoC 107 KB Download
pdf Iraq, Procedure, ICIGI CoC 409 KB Download
pdf Iraq, Flyer, ICIGI CoC 2 MB Download
pdf GCC Notified Body for Toys 208 KB Download
pdf GCC Notified Body for Electrical Equipment 224 KB Download

Changes in the ICIGI Approval Program

In December 2016, the Iraqi standardization organization “Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC)” announced several alterations. These changes affect the ICIGI program for the import of products into Iraq.

"ICIGI" stands for "Pre-Import Inspection, Testing & Certification Program of Goods" for imports into the Republic of Iraq. The program is similar to further shipment-related approval programs. Saudi Arabia, for example, requires a "Certificate of Conformity" and Kuwait a "Technical Inspection Report" (TIR). The base for exporting products to Iraq is a “Certificate of Conformity”. To ensure the conformity of the products, the following steps are required: application, review of documents, pre-shipment inspection, issue of the “certificate of conformity” and inspection at the Iraqi border. The export of commercially used products often requires the "Certificate of Inspection".

The changes affect the list of regulated products (categories of cosmetics, food, textiles and also toys and household goods) and more than 25 standards and regulations. The focus is on the "Technical Requirements" (TR) and the "Iraqi standards" (IQS). In addition to the revision and modification of these regulations, entirely new standards were released as well. These changes affect the product areas of cosmetics, food, textiles and also toys and household goods.

Many different approval processes – only one partner. TÜV Rheinland supports you with the right tests and certifications and helps you to gain access to the Iraqi market. Contact us for more information!

SASO ISO 13006:2016 – New Standard for Ceramic Tiles in Saudi Arabia

Starting November 28, 2016, the previous standard SASO 1031:1998 for ceramic tiles will be replaced by the new standard SASO ISO 13006:2016.

By integrating the ISO standard 13006, the standard is now harmonized with international requirements. For European manufacturers and distributors of ceramic tiles this will create a great synergistic effect. If a certification based on ISO requirements already exists, testing for compliance with the requirements of SASO ISO 13006:2016 can be amended.

To import ceramic tiles into Saudi Arabia, a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is mandatory. The new SASO ISO 13006:2016 standard must be followed from now on.

Gulf 7 States - UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Yemen

Updates about GSO Certificate Tracking System and Regulations

GSO announced the official launching of the GSO Certificate Tracking System on June 26, 2016. Update as below:

1. G-mark Certificate:

  • For certificates issued before 1st July 2016, Notified Body will register all certificates in the system and reissue those certificates. The new certificate will include G-marking along with the number of Notified Body and the QR-code as mandatory requirement.
  • For all G-mark certificates issued after 1st July 2016, Notified Body shall register the certificates in the Certificate Tracking System, and the certificate will include G-marking along with the number of Notified Body and the QR-code as mandatory requirement.

2. Product marking:

  • Before 1st January 2017, all products which are subject to conformity assessment involving intervention of Notified Bodies shall bear the G-marking as mandatory requirement, Notified Body number and QR code is voluntary on product.
  • Starting from 1st January 2017, all products which are subject to conformity assessment involving intervention of Notified Bodies, shall bear the g-Marking with the number of notified body and QR- Code as mandatory requirement.

3. Registration fee

  • The payment of fees for registration of certificates is mandatory starting from 1st October 2016. The fees are 500SR per product and year.
  • The certificate will not become valid until registration fee received and verified by GSO.

GSO Notified Body TÜV Rheinland Hong Kong (Notified Body number 0007) provides Market Access Services to verify your products can fulfill the legal requirements under the GCC Technical Regulations.

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