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Pre-Export Verification of Conformity / PVoC

PVoC stands for Pre-Export Verification of Conformity. In some countries, including Kenya, Cameroon and Tanzania, a check of the declaration of conformity must be performed before importing into the respective countries.

The PVoC for Africa ensures that the products meet the mandatory safety and quality requirements and thus enable international trade. PVoC helps avoid customs delays and potential losses from importing non-compliant products can be avoided.

This certificate must be issued in the exporting country.

Here is a brief Video about the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity
Presented by Julian Busch, director of MPR International GmbH:

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Certification process



The certificate required for Cameroon is called Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity (PECAE) which is a program that was introduced in 2016 by L’Agence des Normes et de la Qualité (ANOR).

The products to be imported are checked and tested in the exporting country and then the certificate of conformity (CoC) is issued to demonstrate that the product complies with the applicable standards.

The following requirements apply to Cameroon:



The certificate in Kenya is called Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) and was introduced by the Kenyan Bureau of Standards (KEBS). A certificate of conformity (CoC) is required to import products to Kenya, this is a necessary release document for each shipment. The exporter is liable for all legal or economic consequences resulting from the shipment of goods without CoC.


The key elements of a PVoC for Kenya are:



Certification routes

Route A – Occasional Exports

Route B – Frequent exports

Route C – Frequent exports and large series manufacturers



In Tanzania, this certification is called Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC); this was introduced by the Tanzania’s Bureau of Standards (TBS). As part of the PVoC program, all regulated products to be imported are subjected to a review. A certificate of conformity (CoC) is then issued to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the applicable national standards or technical regulations. The CoC is mandatory for customs clearance.

There are three possible ways to achieve PVoC certification depending on certain conditions, (for example type of product, homogeneity, frequency of shipments, quality management of the manufacturer).

Route A – For unregistered products (unregistered suppliers or manufacturers of sensitive goods).

Route B – For registered suppliers or manufacturers of goods

Route C – Licensed products


Country-specific requirements / authorities


The PVoC is available in several countries under different names:

Country Certificate Authority
Cameroon Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity (PECAE) L’Agence des Normes et de la Qualité (ANOR)
Kenya Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) Kenyan Bureau of Standards (KEBS)
Tanzania Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC) Tanzania’s Bureau of Standards (TBS)


More information

For more information on product certifications for Africa, call + 49-69-2713769 257 (Europe) or +1-773-6542673 (USA) today or email us.

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