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Republic of Cyprus


As an EU member state, the Republic of Cyprus abides by European Union 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 and comply with EU procurement rules and regulations. 

Products tested and certified in the United States to U.S. regulations and standards are likely to require retesting and re-certification to EU requirements.  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 generally are harmonized across the Member States and European Economic Area countries to allow for the free flow of goods, requiring manufacturers to use CE marking.  The following links provide more information on CE marking: CE marking across the EU27 and CE marking.

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.


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 (CYS).  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 Institution representative for the area administered by Turkish Cypriots is responsible for standards.  Call: +903922279639/40 for more information.

Testing, Inspection and Certification

Conformity Assessment is a mandatory step for manufacturers 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, which is only published in the Greek language.

Contact Information

Use ePing to review proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures. 

The ePing SPS&TBT platform (, or “ePing”, provides access to notifications made by World Trade Organization (WTO) Members under the Agreements on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), distributed by the WTO from January 16, 1995 to present.  ePing is available to all stakeholders free of charge and does not require registration unless the user wishes to receive customized e-mail alerts.  Use it to browse notifications on past as well as new draft and updated product regulations, food safety and animal and plant health standards and regulations, find information on trade concerns discussed in the WTO SPS and TBT Committees, locate information on SPS/TBT Enquiry Points and notification authorities, and to follow and review current and past notifications concerning regulatory actions on products, packaging, labeling, food safety and animal and plant health measures in markets of interest.  

Notify U.S., operated and maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since 2003 to distribute and provide access to notifications (and associated draft texts) made under the WTO TBT Agreement for US stakeholders, has reached its end of life. Per obligation under the TBT Agreement, each WTO Member operates a national TBT (and an SPS) Enquiry Point.  National TBT Enquiry Points are authorized to accept comments and official communications from other national TBT Enquiry Points, which are NOT part of the WTO or the WTO Secretariat.  All comment submissions from U.S. stakeholders, including businesses, trade associations, U.S domiciled standards development organizations and conformity assessment bodies, consumers, or U.S. government agencies on notifications to the WTO TBT Committee should be sent directly to the USA WTO TBT Inquiry Point.  Refer to the comment guidance at for further information. This guidance is provided to assist U.S. stakeholders in the preparation and submission of comments in response to notifications of proposed foreign technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures.

Republic of Cyprus:

For additional information on standards and labeling, please contact:

Mr. Constantinos Karageorgis


Consumer Protection Service

Ministry of Energy, Commerce, and Industry

2 Agapinoros Str., CY-1421 Nicosia

Tel.: +357-22-200900


Mr. George F. Demetriou

Economic Specialist

American Embassy Nicosia

Metochiou & Ploutarchou Streets, 2407, Engomi Nicosia

Tel.: +357-22-393361


Area Administered by Turkish Cypriots:

Turkish Standards Institute (Note: Website only available in the Turkish language)

Tel.: +90-392-2279639/40