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GULF CONFORMITY MARKING: KEY FACTS
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Gulf Conformity Marking, or ‘G Marking’ helps ensure product quality and safety including EMC testing for certain low voltage electrical equipment and appliances being sold in the gulf region.

The organizations and cooperation behind the G-Marking requirement

The Gulf Standards Organization (GSO) responsible for this requirement is a government level body, within which is a membership called the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Seven member countries make up the GSO GCC:

  • State of Kuwait
  • Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Sultanate of Oman
  • State of Qatar
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • State of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Republic of Yemen

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Access to these seven markets for products covered by the technical regulations now requires this mandatory G-Marking by law. Gulf Conformity Marking is intended to replace all current national compliance systems in order to reduce technical barriers, facilitate and encourage free movement of goods within those countries and strengthen regional economic strategy policies.

Individual member states have not yet finalized how G Marking will be implemented, so UL recommends referring to the current certification scheme in each target market in addition to adding G-Marking. A UL representative can talk you through this process.

When the new legislation came in to force and what it means

Enforcement of the new scheme began on July 1, 2016, making it mandatory for all low-voltage electrical products sold in these countries to carry the certification and G Marking.

How G-Marking helps you test for product safety and how UL can help:

As set down by the Gulf Standards Organization, the G-Marking process and program requires a higher degree of third-party intervention from Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) and Notified Bodies (NBs).

UL is a notified body for the low voltage directive recognized by the Gulf Standards Organization (GSO) and Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC). This means UL can evaluate products for the Gulf Marking (G Marking) scheme and issue the Gulf Type Examination Certificate. 

This enables us to work with our customers globally seeking market access into the Gulf region.

What Products are covered?

Products include but are not limited to the following:

PRODUCT TYPE

HS CODES

Domestic Electrical Fans

84 14 51 00
84 14 59 00

Refrigerators, freezers and other refrigerating or freezing equipment

84 18 10 00
84 18 21 00
84 18 29 00
84 18 30 00
84 18 40 00

Centrifugal clothes dryers and Clothes washing machines, including machines which both wash and dry

84 21 12 00
84 50 11 00
84 50 12 00
84 50 19 00

Food grinders and mixers, fruit or vegetable juice extractors

85 09 40 00

Toasters

85 16 72 00

Electro-thermic hair-dressing apparatus and hand dryers

85 16 31 00
85 16 32 00
85 16 33 00

Microwave ovens

85 16 50 00

Other ovens; cookers, cooking plates, boiling rings, grillers and roasters

85 16 60 00

Electric instantaneous or storage water heaters and immersion heaters

85 16 10 00

Electric smoothing irons

85 16 40 00

Plugs, Socket outlets, Adaptors, Cord Extension, Sets and chargers

85 44 42 20
85 36 69 10

Air conditioners

84 15 10 00

A note on Marking and Marks:
A mark is added by a third party, whereas a ‘Marking’ is a self-declared marking added to a product. Using a third party to help you affix this marking brings you all the expertise of a testing and certification organization.
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