Conformity Assessment

What is Conformity Assessment

Conformity assessment is a systematic process used to determine whether a product, service, or process meets specific standards, regulations, or requirements. It involves evaluating and verifying whether a particular item or activity conforms to established criteria, such as safety, quality, performance, and compatibility.

Importance of Conformity Assessments

Safety and Quality

Conformity assessments help ensure that products and services meet minimum safety and quality standards. This is especially important in industries like healthcare and consumer goods, where substandard items could pose risks to individuals’ well-being.

Consumer Protection

Conformity assessments provide consumers with confidence that the products they purchase meet certain quality and safety standards. This enhances trust in the market and reduces the likelihood of consumers being exposed to potentially harmful or ineffective products.

Regulatory Compliance

Conformity assessments help businesses and industries comply with regulations and laws. This prevents non-compliant products from entering the market, avoiding legal issues and potential fines.

Conformity assessment forms a major part of the National Quality Infrastructure of The Bahamas. BBSQ places an emphasis on the harmonization of standards, the enhancement of metrology services, conformity assessment capabilities and accreditation cooperation, with the intended outcome of enhanced and improved quality of products and services, consumer health and safety and environmental protection

How It works

In The Bahamas, vehicle conformity assessment involves ensuring that imported used vehicles meet safety, environmental, and technical standards set by government authorities. This process occurs pre-shipment and typically includes import approval, emissions and safety standard checks, vehicle inspection and testing, and certification issuance. Vehicle owners must adhere to these steps to ensure their used vehicles are legally allowed for use on public roads in The Bahamas.


Where to book a
pre-shipment inspection?

You can book a pre-shipment inspection online at the following website:

Who pays for the inspection?

How to verify if my vehicle has a COC?

You can verify your imported vehicle by checking the EAA website portal using the vehicle chassis/VIN.

Contact the Conformity Assessment Department

Conformity Assessment Department Contact Form