Tag Archives | Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC)

HQTS Awarded Iraq Quality Certificate

China-based HQTS has been awarded a Conformity Certification (COC) certificate by the Government of Iraq to conduct quality assurance services on imported goods to the country. Iraq’s Minister of Planning, Dr. Nouri Sabah al-Dulaimi, announced yesterday that HQTS was one of the just four successful bids and the only Chinese company selected out of 19 […]

Midland Refineries Company Awarded ISO 9001

By John Lee. The Midland Refineries Company (MRC) has been awarded the international standard ISO 9001: 2008 by the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC). The company was awarded with the certificate having met the required conditions for three years. (Source: Ministry of Oil)

Iraq launches first Proficiency Testing Scheme

Iraq has launched its first Proficiency Testing (PT) scheme, through the Iraqi Accreditation System (IQAS), targeting 20 material and mechanical (Hardness) testing laboratories. This is an important milestone in establishing the system required for laboratories to achieve accreditation against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, an international standard which shall assure that measurement services and tests […]

Iraq Develops Industrial Zones

The successful completion of the project “Enhancing investments to Iraq through industrial zone development”, implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), was marked at an event in Amman today. Funded by the Government of Italy, the project assisted the Government of Iraq in developing industrial zones that provide a favourable business environment for […]

Cotecna Appointed for Pre-Importation Inspection

By John Lee. Swiss company Cotecna has been officially appointed by the Iraqi Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC), to handle the implementation of a verification of conformity program for goods imported into Iraq. Based on article 3 (clause 8) of Iraqi law n°54 of 1979, COSQC has been empowered by the Iraqi […]

German Company to Inspect Iraqi Imports

The Iraqi Ministry of Planning has reportedly signed a technical contract with a German company to inspect imports into Iraq. The Ministry said that the aim of the contract is "to limit the importation of bad goods or expired commodities and foodstuffs". According to a report from Aswat al-Iraq, the contract was signed with the […]

Ministry to Announce New Pre-Import Inspection Contracts

A spokesman for Iraq's Ministry of Planning and Development has said the ministry will announce the three contracts pre-import inspection next week. The Ministry has completed the final touches on the contracts for the international companies from France, Switzerland and Denmark, said Abd Al-Zahra al-Hindawi. Bureau Veritas of France, and Swiss company SGS, had been […]

Iraq Shortlists 6 Firms to Replace SGS for Pre-Import Inspection

AKnews reports that Iraq's planning ministry has shortlisted six international inspection companies as possible replacements for Swiss company SGS. At a press conference in Baghdad on Monday, Planning Minister Ali Shukri (pictured) confirmed that SGS had lost the contract for Pre-Importation Inspection, Testing, and certification of Goods into Iraq (ICIGI) due to poor performance, and […]

Planning Ministry 'Extends SGS Work Until End Feb'

According to a report from AKnews, the Iraqi Ministry of Planning has decided to continue working with the Swiss-based company SGS until the end of February. Abdul Zahra al-Hindawi, a ministry spokesman, said the decision was taken in response to the demands of businessmen and importers until the completion of their commercial dealings with the […]

SGS Loses Iraqi Import Inspection Contract

Iraq’s Ministry of Planning has reportedly canceled its contract with Switzerland's SGS after the company allegedly failed to respond to Iraqi authorities about what they described as “sluggish work”. SGS and Iraq signed a contract in January 2011 whereby the Swiss company provides product conformity assessment services for qualifying products allowing their importation into Iraq […]

SGS Comments on Import Inspection (ICIGI)

By Rickie Cole of SGS, in response to our Iraq Business News article on importation inspection: On 1st May 2011, the Central Organisation of Standardisation and Quality Control (COSQC) in Iraq implemented the Pre-Importation Inspection, Testing & Certification of Goods to Iraq (ICIGI) programme. This programme is designed to monitor the quality of regulated goods […]

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Governments have many responsibilities, but one of the main requirements of government is not to get in the way. If an economy is to grow, the administration must facilitate, or at the very least not hinder, people who are trying to create value, satisfy demand, and serve customers. But the new inspection regime at Iraqi […]