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Do you know the most important quality certificates and their role in the export process?

Quality certificates have a very influential role in the export process, as importers rely on these certificates to trust your products. Many importers require quality certificates before contracting with the exporter so that he has proof of the quality of your products. In this article, we will talk about quality certificates and the name of each certificate and what the certificate expresses All this information and more you will find in the next lines.

Types of quality certificates

Guiding Standard for Social Responsibility ISO 26000:2010

its definition

It is a guiding specification concerned with social responsibility. The aim of this specification is to assist civil and public entities. Thus, the application of the ISO 26000 standard works to achieve the advantages of operating in an environment characterized by taking into account social responsibility. It is worth mentioning that the ISO 26000 specification is the directives related to social responsibility and is not intended to obtain a certificate in exchange for its application But when you apply the specification system, you can adopt it from Global Consultants as evidence that the system has been established and applied according to ISO 26000.

Scope of application

ISO 26000 can be applied to all entities, whether governmental, civil, industrial or service, that wish to implement a recognized social responsibility system.


Banks, companies providing financial services, oil and gas companies, and other public and private companies and factories.

BRC . Standard

its definition

Obtaining the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Standard Certificate is proof of food safety in all its stages from packaging, storage and distribution by retailers from large retail complexes to consumer associations, independent retailers, city stores in the centers and finally to stores in rural areas.

Scope of application

There are three categories of the BRC specification:

BRC International Food Standard:

This specification is particularly suitable for companies that supply their products to UK retailers, regardless of the product itself or the country of origin. In some cases, obtaining a BRC certificate is a prerequisite that importers require from exporters to agree to supply food products to them. Almost all countries of the world have established by adopting this standard in their foreign trade.

Companies and bodies specialized in the manufacture/processing of foods and beverages.

Specification (BRC-IOP) for packaging materials:

This International Standard for Packaging Materials is designed to be applied by suppliers who supply their products to UK retailers and has recently included pharmaceutical and FMCG packaging companies.


Cardboard manufacturers.

Manufacturers of pharmaceutical packaging made of polyethylene terephthalate

Manufacturers of bottle caps and stoppers ...and many other companies.

BRC Standard for Consumer Products:

This standard is designed to suit manufacturers supplying consumer products to UK retailers regardless of the product itself or country of origin to cover manufactured products included in the scope of the EU's General Product Safety Regulations 2005 and any other consumer product legislation.

Companies specializing in oral care products.

Specialized companies for laundry brushes.

Companies producing shampoo caps, baby towels, personal care products..... and other companies working in these fields.

GMP . Good Manufacturing Practices

It is a system concerned with both product and quality control and the GMP methodology is part of the quality assurance system that ensures that it is produced and constantly monitored in compliance with quality standards and specifications that are commensurate with the intended uses behind it and with the specifications of the product itself.

Scope of application:

GMP manufacturing practices are applicable to entities whose products are highly sensitive and have a direct or indirect impact on human health.


Pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, food manufacturing companies, etc.

Good Storage and Distribution Practices (GS & DP)

This methodology is designed to represent good storage and distribution applications and is part of quality management that ensures the quality of pharmaceutical or medical products by controlling all activities associated with storage and distribution procedures.

Scope of application:

The GS & DP approach can be applied to any company operating in the pharmaceutical/medical supply chain that deals as an individual or partner with issues related to the quality of handling, storage, distribution and transportation of heat sensitive pharmaceutical products.


Pharmaceutical manufacturers, retailers, pharmacies, and transport companies assigned to transport medical preparations...etc.

Total Quality Management TQM

Total Quality Management methodology is a system oriented to manage the quality of each of the entity's products, processes and resources in order to meet the needs of internal and external customers and suppliers, and the main objective of the total quality management methodology is to maintain customer satisfaction through sustainable improvement that is achieved through a system to solve problems and achievements at rates Great and continued good results.

Scope of application:

It is applied in any organizations that wish to apply continuous improvement processes to reach the highest degree of perfection and develop their own processes.


This specification is applied to banks, large companies, etc.

European CE Marking

It is a legal requirement for products to be sold in Europe and has recently become required in most countries of the world and indicates that the product has met all consumer requirements related to safety, health and the environment.

Scope of application:

All entities that wish to

Obtaining a passport to export its products to any country of the European Union or other countries that request it.


Manufacturers of the following: stationery/children's toys/home appliances/low voltage and high voltage products...etc.

ISO 9001:2008

It is the most popular and relates to the quality system within the company.

ISO Standard 2004: 14001

It is related to the environmental management system within the organization and helps in improving the ecosystem within the company and improving the efficiency and operation of the company.

Specification 18001 OHSAS

It is related to the occupational health and safety management system within the organization, and this specification is a globally recognized British standard.

ISO 22000 . Standard

It is related to the food safety management system and the related analysis, risks and control points within the institution, a specification that bears international food safety standards and is recognized by all countries of the world.

With this, we have finished our article today about the most important certificates required for your company or factory in case you want to export your products. These are the most important certificates required by importers from all over the world. Of course, there are other certificates, but the pre-certifications are the most popular certificates required abroad.