Lebanon Regulatory Narrative
There are many governmental and private sector organizations dealing with quality control issues. The major governmental ones are: the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) and the Lebanese Standards Institution (LIBNOR). The private sector inspection companies include: SGS, SAYBOLT, Control Union, etc.
The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) was established in 1953. IRI is a Lebanese institution for studies, industrial research and scientific testing and analysis. IRI is a not-for-profit institution, declared of public utility by D/L n° 10059 dated 17 August 1955, linked to the Ministry of Industry by Law n° 642/1997, with administrative and financial autonomy. IRI is the only accredited body in Lebanon.
LIBNOR is a public institution attached to the Ministry of Industry. It was established by the law dated 23/7/1962 as the sole authority to issue, publish and amend Lebanese standards and to give the right to use the Lebanese Conformity Mark (NL Mark). National standards cover all products falling within the agro-food, chemical, construction, mechanical, electro technical and electromechanical sectors. Moreover, Lebanese standards deal, for example, with measurements, conventions, symbols, methods of analysis and testing, codes of practice for technical work and technical rules and codes for buildings.
For more information on regulatory departments and quality control laboratories’ contact details, please see the following links: