Quality & Technical Standards
The Government is currently developing its standards regime to meet
internationally and regionally-recognized norms and practices, such as
the ISSO standards. The Qatar General Organization for Standards and
Metrology, an independent organization under the supervision of the
Minister of Business and Trade, is the standard-developing and
conformity assessment body for Qatar. However, Qatari government
ministries such as the National Health Authority (NHA), the Ministry of
Energy and Industry and Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture
provide recommendations for standards. The Qatar General Organization
for Standards and Metrology continually develops new standards and
criteria for various items and merchandize.
The standards organization in Qatar is the Qatar General Organization
for Standards and Metrology.
Qatar has laboratories to test construction materials, food and
calibration scales. The Qatar General Organization for Standards and
Metrology is charged with the task of developing laboratories and facilities
to test electrical equipment and supplies, toys and oil fabrication
equipment as well as other items and merchandize. The Departments of Central
Laboratories, and Quality and Standards, which are under the supervision of
the General Organization for Standards and Metrology, are the primary
testing facilities for Qatar. There are no conformity assessment bodies in
Qatar applies product certification according to ISSO standards 22 and
28. Product certification takes place by way of a conformity certificate
from the manufacturer, self-declaration or tests reported by accredited
laboratories from exporting country.
Publication of Technical Regulations
The name of the national gazette is the Government Official Gazette.
Proposed regulations are currently not published but final regulations are
published and are considered law once listed in the Official Gazette. The
General Organization for Standards and Metrology has developed a website
that lists all Qatari standards and allows for governments and the private
sector to make comments on draft legislation for 60 days. More information
can be found at: www.qs.org.qa
Labeling and Marking
Qatar enforces GCC shelf-life standards GS 150/1993, Part I and II,
which combined affect 170 food products. The manufacturer’s established
shelf life is accepted for other food products. Production and expiry dates
must be printed on the original label or container by the manufacturer.
Dates cannot be added after the fact via a sticker. Products must arrive at
destination with at least half the shelf-life duration remaining.
Food labels must include product and brand names,
production and expiry dates, country of origin, name and address of the
manufacturer, net weight in metric units, and a list of the ingredients in
descending order of importance. All fats and oils used as ingredients must
be specifically identified on the label. Labels for food must be in Arabic
or Arabic/English. Arabic stickers are accepted.
Qatar’s primary point of contact for matters on standards is the
Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology
P.O. Box 23277
Doha, State of Qatar
Tel: (974) 4413-9400
Fax: (974) 4413-9411