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Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) Programme











Pre-Export Verification of Conformity or Conformity Assessment Programmes are put into action in accordance with the Article 5 of World Trade Organization's Technical Barriers to Trade agreement. 

Pre-Export Verification of Conformity or Conformity Assessment Programmes are administered by The Standards Body of each country on behalf of so called country's Government. All inspections and tests are carried out by the appointed independent verification partners on regulated goods in the country of supply such as Messrs Bureau Veritas, Intertek International and Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS). 

What are the benefits of Pre-Export Verification of Conformity Programmes :

  • Only good quality product will be imported by eliminating unsafe goods. 
  • Importation of poor quality and sub-standard products is prevented. This will lead to a more fair competition between local manufacturers and the global ones. 
  • Pre-Export Verification of Conformity Programmes are usually compansated by exporters. This means that costs are not borne by the government, or importers. 
  • If local standards are not existed international standards are selected. This means that reputable manufacturers will be able to comply with very little effort

Which countries are using Pre-Export Verification of Conformity or Conformity Assessment Programmes :  

At the time when I am writing this article below countries are found to be using Pre-Export Verification of Conformity Programmes. Please keep in mind that this list may have been changed. 

  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 
  • Nigeria 
  • Kuwait 
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda 
  • Kenya

How does a Pre-Export Verification of Conformity Programme work under standard circumstances? 

  • Each country's Government instructs its local National Standards Body to apply Pre-Export Verification of Conformity Programme on imports and defines the list of products which must comply.
  • National Standards Body appoints independent inspection companies to handle the testing.
  • These approved independent inspection companies provide test services to exporters, and issues certificates of conformity for products that pass the tests.
  • These Certificate of Conformity is a mandatory document required by Customs of so called countries stated above which apply Pre-Export Verification of Conformity Programme.









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What does PVOC mean? 
PVoC is a conformity assessment programme lunched by some African states with the aim of to controlling the quality of imported goods in order to minimize the risk of unsafe and substandard goods entering their market.




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