Describes standards, identifies the national standards, accreditation bodies, and lists the national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has pledged to apply international standards requirements (e.g., ISO 9000 usage) to all imports. The Palestine Standards Institution (PSI), established in 1994, has been working to develop Palestinian standards, but currently the PA widely uses those standards adopted by the Standards Institute of Israel (SII). PSI is expected to assume its role regarding all standards issues in the future. Due to SII testing requirements, there are frequent delays for goods entering Palestinian markets.
Most standard testing is conducted in Israeli labs, although the Palestinian Ministry of Health has begun to institute some testing procedures of its own. PSI currently provides product testing and standards certification to Palestinian companies in the sectors of chemicals, construction materials, electronic equipment, elevators and escalators, energy and hydraulic equipment and systems, furniture, household electrical appliances, leather, processed food, paper, plastics, pressurized vessels, central gas installations and textiles, tourism and hospitality and toys. Concrete and construction materials as well as some food products are also being tested at Bir Zeit University and other Palestinian testing labs.
Testing, Inspection and Certification
Since all West-Bank- and Gaza-bound goods enter through Israeli controlled ports and border crossings, product certification is made according to Israeli standards, except for products on the limited list of A1 and A2 list that allows the PA to conduct its own standards testing. There are currently no mutual recognition agreements between the PA and U.S. organizations.
Publication of Technical Regulations
There is a National Gazette in the West Bank and Gaza; the Palestinian Legal and Judicial System “Al-Muqtafi” where regulations are occasionally published.
Palestinian Standards Institution (PSI)
Mr. Haidar Hejja, Director General
Tel: +970-2-298-9014 Fax: +970-2-296-4433
Ramallah, West Bank
Although the PA is not currently a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), U.S. exporters should be aware that members of the WTO are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to notify to the WTO of 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 within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.