By: Gabriella Mazzola / UL Global Market Access Engineering Leader, Convenor of Working Group 3 of GSO Notified Bodies Cooperation Group for Low Voltage Regulation
As the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) continues to unify and harmonize regulations throughout GCC countries, member states are increasingly implementing regular surveillance at customs and on the market.
Saudi Arabia has already enforced GSO Technical Regulations and all certification bodies operating under SASO CoC scheme are now mandatorily checking Gulf Conformity Marking (G-Mark) certificates before issuing their shipment certificates.
Emirates Authority For Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) recognizes the G-Mark for market access; if the product displays the G-Mark, the ECAS mark is not required, though achieving the national certification remains mandatory.
Bahrein and Oman enforced regular and strict checks at customs and produced an interesting report of the main findings that resulted in delayed or held imports:
- Gulf Conformity Tracking Symbol (GCTS) not affixed or not readable
- Certificates not properly registered in GSO tracking system or not approved
- Certificates suspended or withdrawn by the Notified Body
- Certificates covering products out of scope
- Certificates based on superseded standards editions
The GCTS is the main tool for customs to perform surveillance. This symbol includes the G-mark (a name that references the mark’s shape), the ID number of the Notified Body and the QR code tracking the product certificate in the GSO tracking system.
Manufacturers must pay ensure the GCTS is affized according to the rules and must also get complete, updated and approved certificates that will grant the smooth import in all GCC countries.
Failure to meeting all requirements may result in shipments blocked in warehouses or, even worse, at custom borders.
How UL can help
UL is active participating in GSO Notified Bodies Cooperation Group for LVE Regulation and can offer expert advice to determine if your product is in scope. We can also provide technical expertise, a worldwide network of CB testing laboratories and qualified staff that can help deliver technical assessments and reports to cover the latest editions of the applicable international standards.
UL Notified Bodies deliver G-Mark certificates in an effective, reliable way to eliminate any risk during surveillance at customs or on the market.
Learn more about UL’s G-Mark Services HERE.
Our Global Market Access team is prepared to help you achieve compliance with new requirements around the world. For more information or to contact our experts, visit our Global Market Access site at ul-certification.com.
These updates are for information purposes only and are not intended to convey legal or other professional advice.