SIRIM QAS International, Malaysia’s certification and testing body, has opened its maiden branch office in the Middle East region in Manama, Bahrain.
For a start, SIRIM QAS will be offering the IECEx certification of personnel competence for explosive atmospheres, IECEx certified service facilities certification, product certification and management system certification services in Bahrain.
“SIRIM QAS International plans to leverage on the Kingdom of Bahrain’s strong growth prospects and to use the country as a gateway to expand its presence in the fast growing Middle East region,” SIRIM Chairman Tan Sri Dr. Ir. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali said.
He said SIRIM QAS chose Bahrain to set up its branch office because of the country’s strategic location, attractive investment incentive and its reputation as a modern industrial, business and service centre in the region.
SIRIM QAS is also planning to be a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Notified Body to help Malaysian manufacturers and those in the neighbouring countries obtain Gulf Marking to penetrate the GCC market and thus, facilitating trade between both countries, he further added.
The collaboration aims to facilitate trade between both countries and to support the conformity assessment framework in Bahrain.
Both parties expect to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on this collaboration soon.