EGYPT – The Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (EOS) has recently been re-elected as member of the board of the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) from 2022 until 2025.
This came during voting held on the sidelines of meetings hosted by the Cameroonian capital under “The Standards We Want – African Union Agenda 2063 and African. The Role of Standardisation and Conformity Assessment During a Journey of 41 Years.”
EOS President Khaled Sofi said that the re-election reflects Egypt’s prestigious position and comes within the framework of Cairo’s keenness to contribute to developing the ARSO system and supporting the continent’s sustainable development plans.
Sofi noted that the organization will continue to cooperate with all African countries in the field of issuing unified African standards and actively participate in technical com
He also held meetings with Heads of international and regional organizations participating at the general assembly meetings to probe means to enhance cooperation.
EOS was established in 1957 and obtained ISO membership the same year. In 1979, a Presidential Decree was issued, reorganizing EOS as the only official and competent authority entrusted with all matters related to standardization, quality control and metrology in Egypt.
The body elaborates national standards for raw materials, products, testing methods, symbols and terms, quantities and units, calibration and verification of measures and measuring instruments.
Moreover, it provides the necessary measures for quality control of raw materials and products in conformity to national standards through the verification of quality, legislation and application of the Quality Mark Scheme. It has 18 sections for testing materials and products and 14 for industrial metrology.
The Organization operates two product certification schemes: the Conformity Mark Scheme, mandatory for products for which a Ministerial Decree has been issued; and the Quality Mark Scheme, voluntary and upon request from the industrial organization.
EOS also organizes training programs and seminars in collaboration with other organizations on all matters related to standardization.
It is a member of ISO, International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML), ARSO, Arabic Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO), Economic Order Quantity (EOQ), International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO), ASTM, and CEN.
ARSO is Africa’s intergovernmental standards body formed by the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in 1977 to develop tools for standards development.
ARSO’s membership is open to all African countries through the National Standards Bodies (NSBs) or Departments dealing in Standards and Quality. It currently has membership in 42 African Countries (77.78% of African Countries).
The Member States make up the delegations to the ARSO Technical Harmonisation Committees and Working Groups. They also participate in the ARSO General Assembly and ratifies the decisions of the ARSO Council.