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G Mark is a mandatory requirement for Low Voltage Electrical products and children’s toys being exported to the Gulf Coordinating Council (GCC) Countries under the Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO), as defined within the Low Voltage Technical Regulation, BD142004-01. The G-mark certification mark is mandatory in the Gulf States for some common household products. The countries, currently part of the scheme, include Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The scope of List (2) products under the G Mark scheme is in the process of being extended to cover ALL household electrical products. Please contact us for further information or to discuss how this might affect your products. The scheme has many similarities to the European Low Voltage Directive (LVD) but requires certificates to be issued by a registered Notified body. It also includes EMC in addition to product safety.
GSO CONFORMITY TRACKING SYMBOL (GCTS) Is a symbol granted by GSO, representing the Gulf Conformity Marking along with numerals annotated underneath, being a four digit Notified Body identification number and a QR code for traceability and tracking which is generated by the GSO certificate tracking system. On satisfactory completion of the Product Certification, Bureau Veritas shall issue to the applicant the Product Certificate which authorizes the applicant to apply and obtain the G-Marking for the product by registering the product on GSO system. The G-Marking shall be displayed on the main product and on the packaging by the manufacturer, his authorized representative, or the importer.
GSO Technical Regulations require suppliers of certain goods to go through checks on their products to see if they are “fit” for the Gulf countries’ common market, meaning they are safe to use and of good quality. These check procedures make up the “Conformity Assessment” and require the manufacturer to involve independent third-party organizations to determine if their products meet the Gulf standards. Such organizations include competent government bodies or private sector entities involved in testing, inspection and certification of products. Only those bodies which have been approved by the GCC Standardization Organization as competent and impartial and which are publically listed in its register may be called “Notified Bodies”.
Notified Bodies are an essential part of the GSO quality infrastructure and help to ensure only safe and quality goods complying with the requirements of the Gulf Technical Regulations can reach the consumers in the Gulf countries. The strict and formal process of designation of a Notified Body – which is described below in detail – ensures that any independent third-party testing, inspection or certification organization, whether governmental entity or private sector enterprise, has to fulfil the same criteria and follow the same procedures to demonstrate towards the notifying authority (GSO) the necessary impartiality, resources and competency to continuously perform the conformity assessment procedures in a correct manner and in accordance to the Gulf Technical Regulations. This means that all involved stakeholders including member states’ competent authorities, manufacturing industry and trade, as well as consumers can rely on the results no matter which Notified Body has been involved in the process. Contact CDG today for 'GULF Conformity Mark Certification'.