Qatar - import of electrical products

26 August 2014

More electrical products are to need evidence of conformity to specific standards before being exported to Qatar, says London-based global testing organisation Intertek.

The expansion of the list of products requiring conformity, which takes effect from next January (2015), has been made by the Qatar Ministry of Environment and the Qatar General Organisation of Standards and Metrology (QG0SM).

Guidance from Intertek, which has 36,000 staff in 1,000 locations in more than 100 countries, to provide conformity testing in the destination country, details two main new applicable standards.

These cover flexible PVC-insulated electrical cords of up to 450/750 volts which must meet standard IEC 60227-1 with part 2 also applying and household electric water heaters which will have to meet standard EIC 60335-1 and IEWC 60335-2-21.

The following appliances are also included in the expanded list of regulated electrical appliances now needing a certificate of conformity: electric ovens, microwave ovens, electric heaters and toasters.

Intertek says: “We are liaising with QG0SM to confirm the relevant standards for these products as well as clarify the exact products covered within the electric heaters’ category.

“These, and all regulated electrical appliances, must also adhere to the mains supply voltage requirements for Qatar which are 240V or 220-240V for single phase and 415V for three-phase with rated frequency of 50Hz.

“Shipment of these, and all regulated products within the Qatar programme, must be accompanied by evidence of conformity, such as a certificate of conformity and a current test report issued by an approved inspection body such an Intertek on arrival in Qatar.”

Companies  which want information on how Intertek can help them with obtaining conformity documents for the Qatari programme, and obtaining the documents  to aid smooth clearance of shipments, should visit the company’s website

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