On 7th June 2018, Alexey Khersontsev, the Head of the Federal Service for Accreditation (RusAccreditation), and Ahmed Almutairi, the Director General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Accreditation Center (the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) signed a Memorandum of understanding between the accreditation bodies within the framework of joint annual meetings of the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) and the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) held in Kyoto, Japan.
The signing of the Memorandum is meant to lay a solid foundation for the implementation of projects of RusAccreditation which are aimed at supporting Russian exporters while entering the prospective markets of the Gulf countries.
The annual import of products to the Gulf countries is estimated at $180 billion. Herewith, the presence of a recognized certificate of compliance with the Halal standards becomes a required condition for the import to these countries.
The GCC Accreditation Center, established in 2013 by six member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Republic of Yemen, provides accreditation services on the territory of seven member countries in the scope of calibration, measurement, testing, inspection and certification, including Halal products, and is one of the 20 full members of the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF).
The Memorandum regulates relationships between RusAccreditation and the GCC Accreditation Center in the field of accreditation. According to the Memorandum, RusAccreditation and the GCC Accreditation Center are able to exchange information and analytical materials on the accreditation issues as well as on the reviewing of the best practices of work, implement joint programs for personnel training and exchange of specialists. Besides, the document provides the possibility of participation for conformity assessment bodies of the Parties in the proficiency testing schemes, organized on the territory of the Parties.