Sudan - 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: 2021-02-12

The Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organization (SSMO) was established in 1992 as an independent organization under the Presidency, combining the Weights and Measures Department and the Quality Control Department of the Ministry of Trade and Industry to form the nucleus of the present SSMO.  It is active in the fields of development and publication of Sudanese Standards, scientific and legal metrology including assay of precious metals and stones, as well as control and assurance of quality, research, and development.

SSMO has its headquarters in Khartoum and state offices located in Khartoum airport, Port Sudan Harbor, Alobied, Kassala, Karima, Wad Madani, Wadi Halfa, Eldamazine, Dungula, Neyalla, Waw, Malakal, and Algadarif; the structure includes 15 laboratories in addition to those established at the SSMO branches.  The most well-equipped branch is located in Port Sudan.  

SSMO is a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the African Regional Organization for Standardization (ARSO), the Arab Standards and Metrology Organization (ASMO), and Codex Alimentarius Commission, the Arab Industrial and Mining Organization (AIDMO), the Islamic Institute for Standardization, the International Institute for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC), African Electro-technical Standardization Commission (AFSEC), International Organization for legal metrology (OIML), an affiliate member of IEC. Besides being the focal point for SPS and TBT WTO Agreements.  SSMO also signed several bilateral agreements with the following: the Kenyan Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the Korean Agency for Standardization (KATS), the Jordan Institution for Standards and Metrology (JISM), the Syrian Arab Organization for Standardization and Metrology (SASMO), the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality (EOS), the Saudi Arabia Standards Organization, the Syrian Standards Organization (SASO), Emirates Authority for Standardization (ESMA), Turkish National Center for Standardization (TSE), Libyan National Center for Standardization (LNCSM), General Administration for Chinese Standards (SAC),Uganda National Center for Standardization (UNBS), Tunis National Institute for Standardization (INORPI) and the in the process of signing with the Ethiopian Standards Authority (QSAE)

Testing, Inspection and Certificationting, Inspection and Certification

SSMO is responsible for taking samples of products for testing before entry into Sudan.

Publication of Technical Regulations

The SSMO website contains a copy of the 2019 Gazette.  However, the link is inoperable. No additional information is available.

Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) 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. (www.nist.gov/notifyus) 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 website are managed and operated by the USA WTO TBT Inquiry Point housed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Contact Information

Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organization

Gamea Street

P. O .BOX: 13573

Khartoum Sudan

Tel: +249 183775247

Tel: +249 183796956

Fax: +249 183774852

Website: http://www.ssmo.gov.sd/