SIRIM QAS International, Malaysia Opens Branch Office in Bahrain





SHAH ALAM, 31 MARCH – SIRIM QAS International, Malaysia’s premier certification and testing body, has opened its maiden branch office in the Middle East region in Manama, Bahrain.

For a start, SIRIM QAS International 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.

The launch of the branch office was graced by SIRIM Chairman, Tan Sri Dr. Ir. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, in Manama, Bahrain, on Thursday. Also present were Mr. Ahmed A Aziz A Kayat, Under Secretary for Ministry of Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning, Bahrain, Mr Hameed Yousif Rahma, Assistant Under Secretary for Domestic Trade, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of Bahrain and Managing Director of SIRIM QAS International, Mohd Azanuddin Salleh.

In his speech at the opening ceremony, Tan Sri Dr. Ir. Ahmad Tajuddin said SIRIM QAS International 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 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,” he said.

SIRIM QAS International 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.

Tan Sri Dr. Ir. Ahmad Tajuddin also announced that SIRIM QAS International and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Bahrain are planning to collaborate in the areas of conformity assessment which includes:

  1. a) product certification, inspection and testing
  2. b) management system certification
  3. c) IECEx certification; and
  4. d) measurement and calibration

The proposed 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.

About SIRIM Berhad

A wholly-owned company of the Malaysian Government under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations, SIRIM Berhad is a premier Research and Technology organisation providing timely and focused research, developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services for the Malaysian industrial sector. SIRIM Berhad is also the champion of Quality and has gained international recognition, underlying its mission of “being a total solution provider in quality and technology innovations.”

About SIRIM QAS International

SIRIM QAS International is Malaysia’s leading conformity assessment body with over 40 years of experience in providing certification, inspection and testing services in Malaysia and overseas.  It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a Malaysian government-owned company, SIRIM Berhad.  The various accreditations and recognitions from Malaysian and international bodies not only attest to its impartiality and competence in conformity assessment but also facilitates the acceptance of its certificates and test reports worldwide.


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