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Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC)

LOGOThe Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC), , was established in 1979 by the member states of GCC to become the main catalyst and knowledge-hub for industrial investment and development in the region. GOIC is based in Qatar, and operates consultancy services in all GCC member states. Besides the consultancy services on investment opportunities and industrial reviews, GOIC is maintaining a unique industrial database and is fully engaged in the capacity building activities in the GCC member states’ industry by organizing trainings, seminars, capacity development activities and the annual GCC-EU Industrial Forum and the bi-annual GCC Industrialists’ Conference.

Since its inception, the organization’s advisory role was fundamental in the industrial development of the region. The organization played an influential part in identifying and introducing new industries to the region as well as determining synergies for the existing ones. GOIC has grown to be the unrivalled source of market intelligence, Subcontractors development, Industrial Support, Industrial investment and knowledge of the industrial environment within the GCC, and the advisory institution by excellence for GCC governments, chambers of industry, private investors, and financiers across the GCC region.

Gulf Association for Metrology (GULFMET)

GULFMET, is a new Regional Metrology Organization (RMO) established under the auspices of GCC Standardization Organization (GSO), bringing together National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) of the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, State of Kuwait and the Republic of Yemen as well as other NMIS from Turkey (UME( South Korea (KRISS( , Egypt(NIS), Hong Kong (SCL) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (IMBIH) as Associate members.

GULFMET was established pursuant to GSO Board of Directors' decision in its meeting No.12 (2 June 2010,
Kuwait) with the aim to enhance the metrological infrastructure and activities within the member states, and to ensure the technical capabilities of national metrology institutes and designated institutes participating in the GULFMET as an RMO.

GULFMET assumes a coordinating role for Legal Metrology in order to facilitate intra-regional and international trade, to assure consumer protection, to safeguard health and environment and to keep contacts with the OIML. Associate Membership of the GULFMET is open for other countries.

The Joint Committee of the Regional Metrology Organizations and the BIPM (JCRB) agreed in its 33rd meeting (March 18 -19,2015,
Paris) to raise a recommendation to CIPM to grant GULFMET provisional status as a Regional Metrology Organizations RMO.

GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)

GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) was established in implementation of the Decision of GCC Supreme Council, in its 22nd session held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, from December 30-31, 2001, and began its activities in 2004.

GSO aims at helping the GCC achieve the objectives set forth in its charter and in the GCC Economic Agreement by unifying the various standardization activities and following up implementation and compliance of the same in cooperation and coordination with the standardization bodies in the Member States in an endeavor to develop the production and service sectors, foster the Intra-GCC trade, protect the consumer, environment and the public health, and encourage the GCC industries and agricultural production that would enhance the GCC economy , maintain the achievements of the Member States and minimize the technical trade barriers as envisaged by the objectives of the Customs Union.  

The Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS)

The Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS) was established under the Emiri Decree (44) for the year 2014, as a public organization with legal personality, and balancing budget attached to the Ministry of Environment. The law has identified in the fields of metrology and standards the following principal objectives to be pursued by QS;

  1. Adoption of a national system for standardization and metrology based on accepted international practices.
  2. Keeping pace with scientific and technical developments in the fields of standards, metrology, conformity assessment and laboratory accreditation.
  3. Ensuring the health and safety of the Qatari's citizen's and protection of the environment by making sure that goods, products and services are in compliance with the technical regulations adopted by the Organization for the purpose.
  4. Ensuring the quality of local goods, products and services through the adoption of appropriate Qatari Standards in order to enhance their competitiveness in the local and international markets and thus support the national economy.
Functions & Responsibilities
By law, QS is responsible in the fields of measurement, calibration and standards with the aim of fulfilling the following principal objectives:
  1. Issuing, approving, reviewing, amending and monitoring the implementation of standards and technical regulations with regard to all goods, products and services.
  2. Establishment of a national system of measurement and supervising its implementation.
  3. Calibration, control and supervision of measuring instruments and practices.
  4. Control of the quality of precious metals and jewellery through testing and stamping them.
  5. Granting of conformity certificates, including the Quality Mark.
  6. Accrediting testing and calibration laboratories and certification bodies in accordance with approved international practices.




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