Describes the country's standards landscape, identifies the national standards and accreditation bodies, and lists the main national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
Last Published: 7/16/2019


Mauritania takes a top-down, government-driven approach. The President has ultimate authority over all matters relating to production and distribution, and he sets the key guidlines of market policies in the country. The president closely follows major investment in the extractive sectors, although he may relay on key advisors or ministers for investment decisions related to highly-technical matters. 
The Prime Minister’s role is more administrative and institutional, with a focus on making sure that the government functions effectively and in accordance with the president’s wishes. While the Prime Minister may be useful as a conduit to the president and an administrative facilitator, he is not generally the ultimate decision maker.


The Mauritanian regulatory environment is characterized by poor norms and regulations. The recently-created Department for Standardization and Quality Promotion (DNPQ) is a Directorate of the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy, and Mines whose mission concerns standardization, certification, accreditation and metrology. The DNPQ is a correspondent member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Classification of national standards are derived from international ones, and Mauritania accepts standards developed by U.S.-domiciled standards developing organizations.

Testing, Inspection and Certification

In general, U.S. products meeting U.S. standards can enter the Mauritanian market. Imported products are rarely tested, and, except under specific situations (such as pork products, alcohol, or chemicals destined for the mining sector), products and enter the country without testing or inspection.

Publication of Technical Regulations

Please see “Customs Regulations” under the “Customs, Regulations & Standards” section.
Contact Information

            Guichet Unique


            Mauritanian Chamber of Commerce

            Domicilia (for assistance in registering a business)
            Mr. Djibi Sow
            Tel: +222 4522-3822

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