UL announces the first third-party laboratory outside Egypt

Hamid A SyedUL, a safety certification company, has announced that its Gavirate Lab in Italy is the first third-party laboratory outside Egypt authorised by the Egyptian Organisation for Standardisation and Quality (EOS)

The laboratory will be used to conduct tests according to Egyptian energy efficiency and performance standards and to issue relevant test reports.

The company stated that UL customers will now benefit from a smoother and more efficient process as they will be tested according to ES standards and will be able to receive relevant test report that is mandatory to apply for EE certification. The UL GMA then follows the complete process to obtain the EE certification/label.

The UL laboratory in Gavirate, near Milan Italy, is specialised in testing household appliances such as refrigerators, fridge-freezers, washing machines, dishwashers and electric ovens.

The process to access the Egyptian market has undergone recent changes to better organise the Egyptian market and introduce mechanisms and processes for the trading of household appliances while also trying to raise consumer’s awareness on energy efficiency and the importance of controlling domestic production versus imported products.

To ensure that only compliant products can be placed in the Egypt market, the Egyptian government officially released a decree aimed at the uniformisation and standardisation of the process.

Domenico Chicco, global business development manager for UL’s Appliances division, said, “Becoming the first Third Party Lab outside Egypt authorised by EOS, is a great honour and a great opportunity for UL as it is the first European and global laboratory achieving this recognition.”

“With this new recognition, we are further expanding our testing and certification capacities in Europe to improve how we serve market demand,” he noted.

Hamid Syed, UL vice-president and GM for UL Middle East, added, “Businesses who wish to establish and maintain their presence in Egypt are expected to complete a safety certification process with EOS and we will now be able to help them with an end to end solution.

“Egypt will now have easier and greater access to the latest authentic products from around the world, which will also help to boost Egypt’s trade industry,” he stated.

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