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Verification of Conformity (VOC)

Consumer and environmental protection by implementation of national/international standards

Business Challenge

Governments today give high priority to promoting international trade while protecting consumer health, safety and the environment. Most national standard organizations, acting within a legislative framework, call for the intervention of independent third-party companies as a way to maintain full control on goods entering the domestic market.

Solution

What is VOC? The Verification of Conformity service involves checking conformity of goods according to national standards or an international equivalent. At the same time it encourages importers and exporters to understand the need for compliance and its benefits. For ad hoc or first time shipments, importers go through the basic shipment process: documentary evidence is required to prove compliance with the required standards, or the goods can be tested in an approved laboratory. The shipment will be subjected to physical verification to ensure that the documents match the products and that no deviations are found. Regular shipments can be treated under registration or licensing.

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Bureau Veritas acts as a trade facilitation services provider on five continents and is one of the world's leading providers for inspection services.

Our Certification and Accreditation
Bureau Veritas is certified ISO 9001 and was the first inspection body in the world to have its network accredited ISO 17020 within the scope of its Pre-Shipment Inspection and Verification of Conformity activities.

Our Network
Our global presence offers you the convenience of international expertise combined with local service where you need it.

Our Proven experience
Bureau Veritas was founded in 1828 and has a long experience in trade facilitation services performed on behalf of numerous clients and governments entities.

Founding member of IFIA (International Federation of Inspection Agencies)
The trade association for inspection agencies and other organizations that provide inspection, testing and certification services internationally. Bureau Veritas complies with the IFIA Compliance Code and PSI Code of Practice.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who pays for the inspection?

    It could be the government, importer or exporter depending on the destination country (see corresponding datasheet on Web site).

  • Are all goods subject to inspection?

    No, some goods may be prohibited and others can be exempted, depending on the destination country (see corresponding datasheet on Web site).

  • What is the difference with product certification?

    VOC is limited to verification of conformity of goods per shipment to a specified country. Product certification usually applies to the product without any geographical limitation and is based on testing and factory audits.

  • What is the difference between PSI and VOC?

    - PSI (Preshipment Inspection) is the assessment of quantity, price verification and customs classification prior to the shipment of goods. It provides advice to the customs in order they may collect the correct revenue.
    - VOC (Verification of Conformity) checks conformity of goods to relevant national or international standards, taking into account the local specificities (language...).

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