Cyprus - Country Commercial Guide
Standards for Trade

Describes standards, identifies the national standards, accreditation bodies, and lists the national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
 

Last published date: 2021-09-30

Overview

As an EU member state since 2004, Cyprus abides by European directives and standards.  Additionally, several semi-government organizations, such as the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority and the Electricity Authority of Cyprus, generally require companies bidding on tenders to meet applicable International Standards Organization (ISO) standards.  

Products tested and certified in the United States to U.S. regulations and standards are likely to have to be retested and re-certified to EU requirements as a result of the EU’s different approach to the protection of the health and safety of consumers and the environment.  Where products are not regulated by specific EU technical legislation, they are always subject to the EU’s General Product Safety Directive as well as to possible additional national requirements.

European Union legislation and standards created under the so-called New Approach are harmonized across the Member States and European Economic Area countries to allow for the free flow of goods.  New approach laws require the manufacturer to use CE marking.

The concept of the New Approach legislation is slowly disappearing since the New Legislative Framework (NLF), which entered into force in January 2010, was put in place to serve as a blueprint for existing and future CE marking legislation.  Existing legislation has been reviewed to bring it in line with the NLF concepts, which means that, since 2016, new requirements are being addressed and new reference numbers are to be used on declarations of conformity.

While harmonization of EU legislation can facilitate access to the EU Single Market, manufacturers should be aware that regulations (mandatory) and technical standards (voluntary) might also function as barriers to trade if U.S. standards are different from those of the EU.

Standards

Republic of Cyprus:

In 2002, the Republic of Cyprus introduced the Standardization, Accreditation and Technical Information Law (N.156 (I)/2002), assigning standardization activities to the Cyprus Organization for Standardization (https://www.cys.org.cy/index.php/en/).  This law aimed to ensure the impartiality and integrity of the local system, while at the same time harmonizing Cyprus with EU directives.  The CYS is a limited liability organization, registered under private law, with the Republic of Cyprus as its sole shareholder.  A seven-member board appointed by the Council of Ministers governs it with participation from the government and the private sector.  The CYS is a full member of the ISO and the three main European standards organizations. 

Area Administered by Turkish Cypriots:

The Turkish Standards Institute’s representative for the area administered by Turkish Cypriots is responsible for standards.  No website is available for the representation office.  This is the Institute’s main website. (Note: The website is only available in the Turkish language.)  Director Mr. Ahmet Kemal Kiziltan is the representative for the area administered by Turkish Cypriots and can provide additional information at: +90-392 - 2279639/40.

Testing, Inspection and Certification

Conformity Assessment is a mandatory step for the manufacturer in the process of complying with specific EU harmonized legislation.  The purpose of conformity assessment is to ensure consistency of compliance during all stages, from design to production, and to facilitate acceptance of the final product.  EU product legislation gives manufacturers some choice regarding conformity assessment, depending on the level of risk involved in the use of their product.  These range from self-certification, type examination and a production quality control system, to a full quality assurance system. Conformity assessment bodies in individual Member States are listed in the New Approach Notification and Designated Organizations (NANDO).

Publication of Technical Regulations

The official publication of the Republic of Cyprus is the Cyprus Government Gazette (http://www.cygazette.com/Gazette.dll/%7B24063820-63FE-4F25-A246-37B63E2F61AA%7D).

Contact Information

Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to notify to the WTO proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures that could affect trade. Notify U.S. (www.nist.gov/notifyus) is a free, web-based e-mail registration service that captures and makes available for review and comment key information on draft regulations and conformity assessment procedures. Users receive customized e-mail alerts when new notifications are added by selected country or countries and industry sector(s) of interest and can also request full texts of regulations. This service and its associated web site are managed and operated by the USA WTO TBT Inquiry Point housed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Republic of Cyprus:

For additional information on standards and labeling, please contact:

Mr. Antonis Ioannou

Acting Director

Consumer Protection Service

Ministry of Energy, Commerce, and Industry

2 Agapinoros Str.

CY-1421 Nicosia

CYPRUS

Tel.: +357-22-200900

Email: ccps@meci.gov.cy

 

Mr. George F. Demetriou

Economic Specialist

American Embassy Nicosia (https://cy.usembassy.gov/business/)

Metochiou & Ploutarchou Streets

2407, Engomi Nicosia

CYPRUS

Tel.: +357-22-393361

Email: demetriougf@state.gov

 

Area Administered by Turkish Cypriots:

Mr. Ahmet Kemal Kiziltan Director, north Cyprus representative

Turkish Standards Institute  at https://www.tse.org.tr/IcerikDetay?ID=555&ParentID=131 (Note: Website only available in the Turkish language)

Tel.: +90-392-2279639/40