CHICAGO--Intertek, a leading quality solutions provider to industries around the world, has received formal approval as a notified body by the Gulf Standards Organization (GSO) and Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) to test and certify products for the Gulf Mark (G Mark) scheme. This newly appointed designation has been granted to three Intertek locations in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore, with six more facilities in the Americas and Europe pending similar approval. The status will allow Intertek to deliver local service to clients across the globe seeking access to the Gulf region.
“This accomplishment speaks volumes to the expertise of our local teams in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore,” stated Bruce McGill, Vice President of Global Certification at Intertek. “Our customers are expanding their global footprint to sell in every region where there’s opportunity for success, and this designation will help ensure fast and efficient market access to the Middle East.”
The G Mark was developed by the GSO to ensure product quality and safety for certain low voltage electrical equipment and appliances being sold in participating GSO countries, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Yemen. Enforcement of the new scheme will begin on July 1, 2016, making it will mandatory for all low-voltage electrical products (defined within List 2 of the scheme) entering the GSO marketplace to be affixed with a G Mark.
As a notified body, Intertek is a recognized conformity assessment body, accredited under ISO 17065 and notified by a national government authority to be deemed competent to conduct product verification and certification to a determined set of standards. The prime function of a notified body is to conduct product life cycle capability governing the design, manufacturability, and in-service life of electrical/electronic appliances. While this marks the company’s first G Mark notified body status, Intertek has multiple notified Bodies under the EU Directives in Europe, which extend into North America and Asia, as well as co-licensed and own-branded certification schemes such as CE Marking in the EU and ETL Mark in North America.
Intertek, a global leader in product testing, inspection and certification, helps thousands of manufacturers meet regulatory, industry, and customer-specific requirements for product safety and quality. The company has a global network of ISO 17025 accredited laboratories and is one of the world’s largest issuers of IECEE CB scheme certificates, which aligns with G Mark because a majority of products initially in scope are based on the IEC 60335 HOUS standard for electrical safety and EMC.
Intertek is a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide. From auditing and inspection, to testing, training, advisory, quality assurance and certification, Intertek adds value for its customers by helping improve the quality and safety of their products, assets and processes. With a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 38,000 people in more than 100 countries, Intertek supports companies’ success in the global marketplace, by helping customers to meet end users’ expectations for safety, sustainability, performance, integrity and desirability in virtually any market worldwide. Visit www.intertek.com.