Correctly displaying the Gulf Conformity Marking

Getting it right: Understand G-Marking and the Gulf Conformity Tracking Symbol, and Surveillance in GCC Member States

Properly displaying the G-Marking (which you may also see referred to as the ‘G-Mark’) can save you time and stress

Understanding the certifications you need to access a market is important. When you have those certifications sorted out, it is time to understand which marks need to appear on your product and/or packaging, and ensuring that you are displaying the mark correctly is an essential part of that effort. In Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, displaying the incorrect mark can cause delays.

As the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) continues to unify and harmonize regulations throughout GCC countries, member states are increasingly implementing regular surveillance at customs and in the market. In Saudi Arabia, certification bodies operating under the SASO CoC scheme are now mandatorily checking Gulf Conformity Marking certificates before issuing their shipment certificates.

The Gulf Conformity Tracking Symbol

The Gulf Conformity Tracking Symbol (GCTS) is the main tool for customs to perform surveillance and includes the G-Marking (a name that references the mark’s shape), the ID number of the Notified Body and the QR code tracking the product certificate in the GSO tracking system. A sample mark is displayed below:


It is important for manufacturers to affix the mark according to the rules. They must also obtain complete, updated and approved certificates that will grant smooth import to GCC countries.

Failure to meeting all requirements may result in shipments blocked in warehouses or, even worse, at boarder with customs.

UL participates in GSO Notified Bodies Cooperation Group for LVE Regulation and can help you determine if your product is in scope. We can also provide technical expertise, a worldwide network of CB testing laboratories and qualified staff that can help deliver technical assessments and reports to cover the latest editions of applicable international standards.

Visit our Appliance Advisor blog for an in-depth discussion of this topic by Engineering Leader Gabriella Mazzola

These updates are for information purposes only and are not intended to convey legal or other professional advice.
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