Ghana - 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: 2022-03-24

Ghana uses 220V and for electricity and the metric system of measurement.

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), formerly known as the Ghana Standards Board, is responsible for developing and promulgating standards as well as ensuring that the quality of goods imported into Ghana meets acceptable standards. The Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) also regulates and certifies food, drugs, cosmetics and other products that have health implications for consumers. This arrangement involves some overlap between the two bodies, a situation which the government of Ghana (Ministry of Trade and Industry) is attempting to resolve.

Product Certification

Under the Ghana Certification Mark Rule, all products are required to be certified by the GSA. Ghana has no mutual recognition agreements with any U.S. organization. However, GSA has a mutual recognition agreement with Japan.

Contact Information:

Executive Director

Ghana Standards Authority

P.O. Box MB245, Accra, Ghana

Tel. +233(0) 302-500231

Email: info@gsa.gov.gh

Members of the WTO such as Ghana 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. is a free, web-based e-mail registration service which is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Notify U.S. can provide U.S. companies with key information on draft standards and conformity assessment procedures for their review and comment. 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.