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The scope of the G Mark for home appliances 

The G mark is a conformity mark granted by the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) for children toys and low voltage electrical equipment and home appliances to ensure their compliance with the relevant Gulf technical regulation and national technical regulations of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states. The G Mark is mandatory for specific categories of products as suppliers of these products are obligated to obtain the G Mark to be allowed to place in the markets.

In this article, we will showcase the scope of the G Mark for home appliances obligated to obtain the G Mark focusing on four categories including clothes dryers and washing machines, domestic electrical fans, electric smoothing irons, and Air conditioners.

Included and excluded products from the G Mark for home appliances 

The scope of the G Mark home appliances includes 13 categories of products. The GSO defines in its regulations and guides the included and excluded products in each category.

We will showcase four of the most important categories that cover the most demanded electrical home appliances in the Gulf markets including categories  2, 3, 11, and 13.

Category 1:

Domestic electrical fans included in the G mark scope:

  • Ceiling fans
  • Pedestal fans
  • Tower fans
  • Table fans
  • Wall fans
  • Floor standing fans
  • Box fans
  • Air mover/ blower fan for household use
  • Duct fans for household use
  • Partition fans
  • Exhaust fans for household use

Domestic electrical fans excluded from the G mark scope:

  • Air purifiers/dehumidifiers
  • Appliances for changing temperature and humidity
  • Evaporative air coolers
  • Mist fans
  • Air curtains
  • Exhaust fans for non-household use
  • Mini sirocco fans
  • Fans for cooling electric equipment
  • Roof-top fans
  • Range hoods
  • Fans incorporated in other applications/ appliances
  • Appliances intended exclusively for industrial purposes
  • High pressure centrifugal fans.

Category 3: 

Clothes dryers and washing machines included in the G Mark scope:

  • Electric tumble dryers, electric washing machines (full, semi-automatic, or manual control), and machines whose capacity for dry linen does not exceed 10 kg (drum, impeller, front-loading, top-loading, etc.)
  • Washing machines with a spin extractor or a drying feature
  • Extractor spin

Clothes dryers and washing machines excluded from the G Mark scope:

  • Any dryer, excluding tumble dryers and spin extractors, with a dry linen capacity greater than 10 kg. Electrically heated towel racks.
  • Washers and dryers at laundromats
  • Dry-cleaning equipment
  • Dishwashers
  • Equipment for industrial and commercial use

Category 11:

Electric smoothing irons included in the G Mark scope

  • Electric steam irons, both dry and steam, including ones with a separate water reservoir or boiler
  • Electric fabric steamers

Electric smoothing irons excluded from the G Mark scope

  • Electronic ironers, such as single-person ironing presses, mangles, single-person rotary ironers, and trouser presses
  • Steam cleaners
  • Vacuum ironing boards
  • Steam press machines
  • Rotary irons used and operated by more than one person
  • Appliances used for commercial purposes such as laundry shops
  • Appliances for industrial and similar use

Category 13:

Air conditioners included in the G Mark scope 

  • Hydronic fan coils and motor compressors are used in electric air conditioners
  • Indoor and outdoor units are shipped separately in partial units
  • Air conditioners excluded from the G Mark scope
  • Central air conditioning machines
  • Automotive air conditions
  • Evaporative air coolers
  • Air purifiers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Heat pumps, such as sanitary hot water heat pumps, that don’t deliver conditioned air for heating.
  • Air conditioners made primarily to distribute conditioned air through ducts: single unit or dual systems
  • Multiple split systems that use a number of outdoor and indoor units.
  • Supplemental meant for use with heating and cooling equipment; Humidifiers intended for use with heating and cooling equipment; Fans integrated into air conditioning equipment; Air conditioners designed for industrial use and comparable uses.

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