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Need for Testing and Certification Services in Iraq

Washington, DC, Aug 08, 2003

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) is seeking organizations interested in providing testing and certification services in Iraq. Mr. Susan Hamrock, a DoC employee in Bagdad, has been assigned to help the Iraqis reestablish the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC). The COSQC has primary responsibility for ensuring standards for goods, both domestic and imported, are met.

Unfortunately, the COSQC has been heavily affected by twelve years of sanctions and by looting after the fall of the Saddam regime. Most of their lab equipment has been stolen, destroyed or damaged, and what is left is often twenty years old or more.

Ms. Hamrock is looking for the names and qualifications of testing and certification organizations that might be able to provide immediate, on-the-ground assistance in Iraq. Of particular interest are testing and certification bodies capable of testing a variety of food products and/or medical devices and pharmaceuticals. If your organization has the capability to provide such services and is interested in learning more about Iraq's needs and requirements, please contact:

Ms. Susan Hamrock
Senior Liaison to the Central Organization for Standards
E-Mail: and
Phone in Iraq: 781-280-5891

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