GCC Conformity Assessment Scheme (RCAS)
has been a giant leap forward when the GCC Standardization
Organization (GSO) has decided to implement the RCAS project in
November 2005. Such enormous step by GSO aims at advancing the
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) goals through the harmonization,
integration and building of the standardization areas and quality
infrastructure in the Member States. RCAS stands for the initials
of "Regional Conformity Assessment Scheme". The project has been
planned to focus on the current procedures and practices to
verify the conformity of the imported or the exported local
produced products. The outcomes of the project have evolved to
comprise developing scheme to enhance such practices in the
context of a harmonized unified regional system. The target of
the system should be serving the national and regional interests
of GCC member states, so as to streamline the commercial
activities of members inter alia and with other countries and
regions as well.
contract has been concluded with the Joint Accreditation
Services for Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) to carry out
such consultation that ended in the first quarter of 2007 with
putting forward the conclusion and recommendations of the
5/6/2007, the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) Board
relied on the project recommendations to decide the following:
a single accreditation body for all GCC members to provide the
whole range of accreditation services. The body will provide all
the necessary services required for RCAS on equal terms to all
the concept of coordination among GCC members in relation to
metrology including legal metrology through the Steering Committee
for Measurement and Calibration (SCMC).
the gradual change of the current methodology based on
transforming technical standards into technical regulations to a
conceptualization based on restricting the mandatory technical
regulations to be based upon the essential requirements of
products, while maintaining all technical standards to be
voluntary. Meanwhile, the newly initiated methodology based on
European Union New & Global approach will be adopted as the
new legislative regime of GCC.
- Creating a Gulf Conformity Mark to serve the new legislative regime.
- Drawing out and approving a unified regulatory regime for GCC market survey.
- Setting and approving a unified system of legal metrology regulations for all member states.
- Drafting and enacting a unified law of product liability for all member states.
Standardization Organization (GSO) is currently managing the
implementation of the approved outcomes of RCAS as follows:
entire activities of developing and managing standards within
the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) focus on implementing
an ambitious program relying upon adopting the international
standards, while setting technical standards to be voluntary.
- SCMC has been formed to comprise representatives from each of the Member States. The permanent secretariat and
presidency are assumed by GCC Standardization Organization (GSO).
SCMC made a complete surveying of the whole cline of the
metrological standards and activities in the Member States . Such
a practice aims at coining a unified Gulf States-wide metrology
law. SCMC will be permanent committee that represents the GCC
members before the International Metrology Community.
the supervision of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO),
an interim committee has been established entitled "GCC
Accreditation Body Steering Committee" GABSC. GABSC comprises a
balanced quorum of Member States. GABSC undertakes the
responsibility of establishing the Gulf Accreditation Center
(GAC). The committee should assign high priority to the
formulation of the GCC Accreditation Body Bye Law. The committee
has managed so far to initiate the byelaw into its final approval
through expounding it during the 12th meeting of the technical board that was held on 25th – 26th
of September 2007. Currently, the committee will focus on the rest
of activities related to the center to be establishment.
permanent committee entitled The GCC committee for Conformity
Assessment (GCCA) has been formed to comprise representatives from
every member state. The permanent secretariat and presidency are
assumed by the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO). The
committee is supported by national committees to be formed at
every member state to comprise the concerned parties involved in
legislative aspects pertaining to products and services. The
committee will assume the following:
- Drafting the GCC Technical Regulations in the light of the essential requirements of products.
- Drafting the GCC Conformity Assessment Procedures based upon Modular Approach
- Drafting a guide for selecting and registering notified bodies.
- Drafting a unified customs guidelines
- Launching the Market Survey Guidelines.
- Launching the unified products Liability Law.
- Managing the transition period pending the accomplishment of RCAS.