Iraq - Country Commercial Guide
Standards for Trade
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Iraq is a member of the International Organization for Standardization.  The Central Organization of Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC), housed within the Ministry of Planning, is responsible for monitoring product standards in Iraq.  COSQC inspects local goods according to health and safety parameters. (Tel: +964 1-776-1980; Fax: +964 1-776-1981; E-mail:

The Ministry of Agriculture inspects all agricultural products and livestock, as well as issues health certificates for livestock.  The Ministry of Health inspects and issues health certificates for manufactured food products. Details of these regulations may be found at the websites of each Ministry.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Notify U.S. Service

WTO members 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 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 in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.