Gulf Countries Introduce GCC Certification for Safety & EMC of Low Voltage Electrical Equipment

GCC markThe Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardization Organization (GSO) has introduced a common Technical Regulation for low voltage electrical products, effective July 1, 2016.

This Technical Regulation (BD-142004-01) covers safety and electromagnetic compatibility and will affect seven GCC member states: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Yemen.  It follows a similar existing regulation for toys.

Most covered product categories are subject to the manufacturer’s/importer’s self declaration of conformity (DoC).  As in Europe, test reports showing compliance with the national/regional standards give a ‘presumption of conformity’ with the general safety requirements. IECEE/CB Test Certificates/Reports are specifically mentioned as acceptable documentation.

The are 13 types of electrical household appliances (List 2) which are not subject to self-certification; these require approval by a Notified Body.

Products complying with the requirements must carry the special G-marking (pictured) before being placed on the market.

Some specialized equipment is not covered by this regulation, including:

  • Electrical equipment for use in an explosive atmosphere
  • Electrical equipment for radiology and medical purposes
  • Electrical parts for goods and passenger lifts
  • Electricity meters
  • Electric fence controllers
  • Radio-electrical interference
  • Some specialized electrical equipment for use on ships, aircraft or railways

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1 Comment on Gulf Countries Introduce GCC Certification for Safety & EMC of Low Voltage Electrical Equipment

  1. Such standardization will bring high quality and low accident rates. A good measure.

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