Public Sector Gulf – Conformity Assessment Programs
Get the G-Mark and GCTS and demonstrate compliance with Gulf Technical Regulations when exporting products to the Gulf States.
The Gulf Conformity Mark (G-Mark) is a specific marking of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It is affixed to a product and/or its packaging to indicate that the product is in compliance with requirements set out in the applicable Gulf Technical Regulations.
It was implemented for toys on January 1, 2014. In July 2016, the requirement was expanded to include a range of electrical products, including:
- Domestic electrical fans
- Refrigerators, freezers and similar items
- Washing machines
- Food grinders and mixers, fruit juicers and similar items
- Hairdressing appliances
- Room heaters
- Water heaters
- Microwave ovens
- Other ovens
- Air conditioners
- Plugs and sockets and similar items
- Irons and similar items
Use of the Gulf Conformity Tracking Symbol (GCTS) – a QR code – to represent the G-Mark became mandatory on April 1, 2017. The GCTS provides the consumer with detailed information about the product. It is required for applicable products that are to be exported to GCC Standards Organization (GCC-GSO) member states: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Yemen.
Energy Efficiency Registration for Air Conditioners in Oman
As an extension of the G-Mark program, effective July 25, 2019, air conditioners sold in Oman must carry Energy Efficiency Registration (EER) labels. Manufacturers of air conditioners have been able to register their products for energy efficiency since May 2019.
How SGS Can Help
SGS is a global leader in inspection, testing verification and certification services, with extensive experience in managing conformity assessment programs around the world. As a GSO notified body, we are uniquely provisioned to provide expert guidance on the Gulf Technical Regulations and the overall requirements and procedures for obtaining the G-Mark and the GCTS. We are also an Omani Directorate General for Standardization and Metrology (DGSM) Designated Body and can issue EER labels for air conditioners in Oman.