Algeria - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Standards

Includes customs regulations and contact information for this country's customs office.

Last published date: 2021-10-11

Overview

Executive Decree no. 98-69 established the Algerian Institute for Normalization (IANOR) as the appropriate government body handling standardization issues.  IANOR has since worked to assist Algeria’s economic sector in conforming with globalization and international standards.

Standards Organizations

The Agence Algérienne de l’Accréditation (ALGERAC) falls under the authority of the Ministry of Industry.  ALGERAC is the only Algerian accreditation organization.  It ensures that national regulations concerning accreditation of laboratories and the organization of certification inspections meet international norms. ALGERAC certified some 100 assessment bodies since 2009.

IANOR oversees elaborating, publishing, and distributing all relevant data on Algerian standards.  It is also responsible for providing conformity certifications to Algerian standards, issuing quality labels, and delivering appropriate authorizations to use brands according to the applicable regulations.  The Algerian National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) is responsible for industrial and intellectual property rights protections.  This entity primarily handles the deposit and registration of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Import Documentation

Multiple authorities regulate the conformity of imported products.  For cosmetics and hygiene products, a compulsory declaration of ingredients is required.  The formula must be submitted to a toxicology lab for analysis.  Should the production be completed abroad, companies must forward the details of the toxicology lab handling the tests to the appropriate Algerian authorities.

For other imported products, the following documents should be presented to the customs service upon entry: customs documents, banking documentation (invoice, banking domicile), the specific authorization from police services (if required), and the health and safety authorization for selected products (if needed).  Customs will either provide an admission certificate or a non-admission certificate.

Product Certification

IANOR establishes and publishes standards applicable in Algeria.  If a standard does not exist or a disagreement needs to be settled, the International Standards Organization (ISO) standard will prevail.

Accreditation

ALGERAC is the only Algerian accreditation organization.  It ensures that national regulations concerning the accreditation of the laboratories and the organization of certification inspections meet international standards.

Publication of Technical Regulations

Technical regulations are published in the Official Gazette of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria (Journal Officiel).

Labeling and Marking

Algerian government regulations stipulate that imported products, particularly consumer goods, must be labeled in Arabic.  This regulation is strictly enforced.  Though not required, it is helpful to also label products in French.

Contacts

ALGERAC

Tel: +213-017-033-325

Email: boudalgerac@hotmail.com

Algerian Institute for Normalization (IANOR)

http://www.ianor.dz/

Address: 5 et 7 rue Abou Hammou Moussa BP 104 RP Alger Algérie

Phone: +213 21 78 21 35

Email: cinfo@ianor.org

Algerian National Institute of the Industrial Property (INAPI);

http://e-services.inapi.org/SITE/

42 Rue Larbi Ben MHidi

Phone: +213 21 73 57 74