Quality & Technical Standards


Standardization, Metrology and Quality Control law 44 of 1999 established the Yemen Standardization, Metrology, and Quality Control Organization (YSMQCO) in order to protect human, animal and plant health and environmental safety. YSMQCO works in association with customs staff on all the major land, coastal, and air ports of entry. A relatively young institution still negotiating its mandate and authority in the panoply of government agencies, YSMQCO has limited capabilities, with only one central laboratory and a limited number of modest laboratories.

A government decree imposes the GCC standards and specifications on local and imported products. Yemen is a member in the International Standardization Organization (ISO9000), World Meteorological Organization and the Arab Standards Organization.

Conformity Assessment

The Yemen Standardization, Meteorology, and Quality Control Organization (YSMQCO) requests the following documents from the importer:

  • Bill of lading

  • Certificate of origin

  • Analysis certificate, and

  • Packing list

Product Certification

For product certification of animal imports, YSMQCO requests the above documents in

addition to the following:

  • health certificate

  • Halal food certificate, and

  • A certified document from the country of export proving that imports are not affected by epidemics or were not exposed to radioactivity

For plant imports, YSMQCO adds the following documents:

  • A certified document from the country of export proving that imports are not affected by epidemics or were not exposed to radioactivity