Jordan - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Standards

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

Last published date: 2022-12-14

Overview

The Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization is the government organization legally responsible for the preparation, publication, and review of Jordanian standards and regulations for products and services.

Standards

JSMO issues two types of standards:

  1. Technical Standards: Mandatory standards which are assessed based on international benchmarks and agreements.  These standards cover products which affect consumers’ health and safety, such as food products, chemical detergents, electrical equipment, textile and clothes composition and personal safety equipment.
  2. Standard Specification: Optional standards for manufacturers and importers; examples include furniture products, clothes, textiles, and shoes.  Some companies choose to set their own standard specification, adding special features or qualities.

JSMO sets and publishes food standards for the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) to follow. The JFDA tests and approves products before they can be sold.

Testing, Inspection and Certification

Companies interested in obtaining conformity certificates or Jordanian Quality Marks for their products can view instructions before submitting their application online at: Certification Department (jsmo.gov.jo)

The process to receive a quality mark is divided into four stages: application procedure, assessment procedure, certification procedure, and surveillance procedure.

Imported goods subject to mandatory standards require verification through laboratory testing in Jordan.  JSMO undertakes these responsibilities by cooperating with approved labs, including those at the JSMO, Ministry of Health, Greater Amman Municipality, Ministry of Agriculture, and Royal Scientific Society (RSS), all of which perform inspection and testing.

Publication of Technical Regulations

Technical standards (Jordan Quality Mark) are published in the Jordan Official Gazette in hard copy only and are registered in the Jordan Quality Mark database. The English version of the Jordan Official Gazette as well as a disk with the Jordan Quality Mark database can be purchased from JSMO.

Use ePing to review proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures

The ePing SPS&TBT platform (https://epingalert.org/), or “ePing”, provides access to notifications made by 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 https://tsapps.nist.gov/notifyus/data/guidance/guidance.cfm for further information.