Describes standards, identifies the national standards, accreditation bodies, and lists the national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
As part of the GCC Customs Union, Oman is working toward unifying its standards and conformity assessment systems with those of the GCC through the Gulf Standards Organization (GSO). Oman generally enforces GSO standards. Most Omani standards are either GSO standards or those derived from another international standards organization. Oman is party to the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement and is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Furthermore, the U.S.-Oman FTA contains a chapter addressing standards as barriers to trade and facilitates bilateral engagement on standards issues.
American businesspeople at times note that Oman employs European standards in tender specifications.
The Directorate General of Specifications and Metrology (DGSM) at the MOCIIP is responsible for standardization, metrology, testing, quality control and quality assurance, conformity assessment and certification, and accreditation activities. Oman is harmonizing its technical regulations and standards at the GCC level and develops technical regulations and standards at the national level only if there is a pressing need, according to authorities.
DGSM’s point of contact and address is the following:
Mr. Emad bin Khamis Al Shukaili
Director General of Specifications and Metrology
Directorate General for Specifications and Metrology
Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Investment Promotion
Way 3505, Ruwi, Muscat
Tel: +968 2477 4818
The address for the regional customs union standards body is the following:
GCC Standardization Organization
Diplomatic quarter, Aladeem Street, Near the Egyptian Embassy
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Phone: +966 920 033 992
Fax: +966 11 520 8010
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Testing, inspection and certification
The Directorate General of Animal Wealth inspects imports of foodstuffs of animal origin to ensure that they are free from contaminants. Omani authorities require a manufacturer declaration to assure conformity to Omani/GCC standards. The DGSM should receive a letter with authenticated results of laboratory testing in cases of nonconformity to current standards or the need for consideration of other internationally recognized standards.
Authorities allow non-food products automatic entry into Oman based on a Manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity Assessment Certificate, with a test report verified by the DGSM Authorities temporarily release and test samples of imported products that are not covered by certificates.
The DGSM requires any laboratory testing certificates relating to conformity to Omani or international standards.
Publication of technical regulations
The DGSM supplies upon request a CD-ROM containing a listing of all standards and specifications adopted by the GSO, along with related information.
Mr. Saif al-Maawali
Head of International Cooperation
Directorate General of Customs, Royal Oman Police
Telephone: + (968) 2452 1109/2452 1108
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Smaawali78@gmail.com
Fax: + (968) 2451 0488
Mr. Sheeraz Munir
Regional Export Control Office
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Consulate General – Dubai
Tel: +971 04 309 4083
Mr. Thomas Bruns
Regional Senior Commercial Officer
U.S. Commercial Service | U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi
U.S. Department of Commerce | Int’l Trade Administration
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