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The compliance verification process under the Certificate of Compliance involve physical inspection of the consignment and if necessary, sample selection for testing based on a risk assessment criteria.

Every consignment of qualifying goods is to be physically inspected at origin by an approved third party inspection company before shipment. Depending on the nature of the product, laboratory testing or documentary verification to demonstrate compliance with relevant Ethiopian standards will be required.

A certificate of inspection (CoI) is issued to evidence the compliance of a shipment. A non-conformity report (NCR) is issued if verification activities such as testing or inspection show discrepancies against the verification criteria. Exporters will be informed accordingly and given sufficient time to make the necessary corrections.

The applicant should submit

A photocopy of valid manufacturing License issued by the National competent authority;

A valid quality system certificate issued by a recognized certifying authority (e.g. ISO, DIN, TUV, BSI, etc.) , if available.

A confirmatory letter issued by the National competent Authority which indicates the names of the products and explains whether the products are freely sold in country of origin; If not, the reasons, therefore should be clearly stated.

The documents indicated in above should be authenticated by the Ethiopian Embassy in the country of origin

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Required Documents[edit]

  • obtain a Certificate from SGS.
  • Obtain a Ethiopian Customs.
  • Verification report of compliance.
  • Customs clearance report of shipments
  • A Certificate of Inspection.
  • A sampling and testing certificate
  • A confirmatory letter issued by the National competent Authority.
  • A valid quality system certificate.
  • A valid manufacturing License.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

The Ethiopian Food, Medicine and Health Care Administration and Control Authority.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 5681

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Telephone: +25111552-25-47

Fax: +251115-54-04-77


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All individual or Companies that are looking to import goods into Ehiopia except for those under the exemption list are eligible to acquire this certificate of compliance.


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Valid for a period of one year

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Processing Time[edit]

It takes 30 working days.

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Regulated goods imported without a Certificate of Compliance from an authorized third party inspection body will be subject to systematic local inspection, sampling and testing by Ministry of Trade in Ethiopia upon arrival of the goods. Clearance will not be authorized until satisfactory test results are available.

Required Information[edit]

  • Exporters must submit the following documents to confirm compliance with relevant Ethiopian standards:
  • Request for Certification
  • Proforma invoice, final invoice
  • Test reports from an accredited ISO 17025 laboratory
  • Product marking/label templates

Need for the Document[edit]

A Certificate of Compliance is a mandatory document issued by National competent Authority in Ethiopia which indicates the names of the products and explains whether the products are freely sold in country of origin, If not, the reasons, therefore should be clearly stated

A confirmatory letter issued by the National competent Authority for Customs clearance of exports to many countries around the globe. Intertek is a globe authorized body to issue the Certificate of Conformity for exports to Algeria, Botswana, Kenya, Kuwait, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Uganda. The Certificate of Compliance shows that the goods being exported comply with the relevant technical regulations and national, regional or international standards of the country of import. The Certificate of Compliance is a mandatory document which is necessary for Customs clearance:

The Ethiopian Conformity Assessment program, which covers all goods, has a number of key objectives:

  • Protection of public health
  • Consumer safety
  • National security
  • Protection of religious and public morals
  • Protection of environment
  • Prevention of deceptive practices

Every consignment of imported goods must be accompanied by a Certificate of Compliance from an authorized inspection agency.

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