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Extension of a conformity assessment scheme in Cameroon

From November 15, 2021, the conformity assessment program PECAE will apply to almost all goods that are to be imported into Cameroon.

The Cameroonian standards authority Agence des Normes et de la Qualité (ANOR) announced in a press release that from November 15, 2021 all products will be subject to the PECAE (Program d’Evaluation de la Conformité avant Embarquement) program which was first introduced for certain products only in 2016.

Only those goods that are listed in article 8 of Decree n° 2015/1875 are exempt from the conformity test (e.g. weapons and ammunition, returned goods, donations / gifts to the state and government, diplomatic goods, non-commercial shipments, art objects, precious stones, metals for recovery, daily newspapers and magazines).

The conformity checks are carried out by third-party agencies accredited by Cameroon.  They check before shipping whether the regulated products comply with the standards and technical regulations applicable in Cameroon and confirm this with a certificate of conformity (Attestation de Conformité).

The PECAE conformity assessment program of Cameroon is one of many similar programs implemented by African countries.  To find out more about how they work, please do not hesitate to contact our EFS Product Compliance Team.

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