Formerly underdeveloped regions in Africa are now quickly advancing in technologies like state-of-the-art systems for communication and systems for electrical power generation and distribution, including local grids.
For electrical products on the GSO ‘List 2’ under the regional Gulf Technical Regulation; it is hereafter a prerequisite for obtaining shipment-CoC (Certificate of Conformity) as needed for market access in Saudi Arabia, to have a product certificate issued by a Gulf Notified Body and associated G-marking.
A remotely operated robot that becomes the classroom ‘eyes and ears’ of children with long-term illness was developed by the Norwegian company No Isolation, which relied on Nemko for testing, inspection and certification services.
Nemko is a Notified Body for the Gulf region and can issue G-mark certificates. This certification is required for manufacturers who want to sell their product in Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to well informed contacts within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the current political issues between Qatar and neighboring countries in the Gulf region (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain) plus Egypt, will not affect the current GSO certification/G-marking scheme for electrical equipment and toys.
Based on the Environmental Protection and Management Act Order 2016 (issued by the Ministry for the Environment & Water Resources - MEWR), restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) in certain categories of electrical and electronic equipment is implemented in Singapore from 1 June this year.