Quality & Technical Standards
The Government of Kuwait, per its notification to the World Trade Organization’s Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade, eliminated pre-shipment standards inspection under the International Conformity Certification Program (ICCP) and is currently working with the Gulf Cooperation Council Standards Organization (Riyadh) to develop a region wide standards regime to replace the ICCP. Discussions are ongoing with respect to product risk assessment classification, the type of products to be required standards conformity assessment, and as to whether the GCC would allow self-certification of low risk products and third-party evaluation from standards testing authorities outside of the GCC.
Standards in Kuwait are governed by the Standards and Metrology Department of the Public Authority for Industry. Approximately 300 standards are currently being applied, with standards being potentially derived from U.S., EU, ISO and GCC standards to meet the needs of Kuwait.
Kuwait has adopted several Gulf Cooperation Council standards, including that major white and brown household appliances can operate without a transformer at 240 V/50 Hz and that instruction manuals for durable goods and appliances be translated in Arabic.
Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries.