ECOWAS is introducing new stamp for export products to protect consumers

According to the Chief Technical Advisor for the West Africa Quality System Programme, Aka Jean Joseph Kouassi the certification mark is called the ECOMARK.

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The Economic Community for West African Countries (ECOWAS) has introduced a new certification mark for traders exporting products from one country to another in the sub-region.

From March 2019, traders who export products within the sub-region will need the new certification mark from ECOWAS to show that their products are authentic and of good quality.

According to the Chief Technical Advisor for the West Africa Quality System Programme, Aka Jean Joseph Kouassi the certification mark is called the ECOMARK.

He said that the ECOMARK will be provided to all 15 ECOWAS countries for it to be issued to traders by institutions in charge of standards.

The logo has the African map in the middle of a circle with the correct sign at the top of the map.

It also has the inscription ECOWAS CERTIFIED at the top and ECOMARK below the Circle.

Mr Kouassi explained that this move is part of measures put in place to reduce the production and sale of substandard products in the region.

He added that the embossing the stamp will come at a cost to exporters.

“They would have to pay because it is an avenue for them to sell their products. Officers will take samples of their products to be sure the quality is right before they issue the certification.”

The ECOMARK covers every product including milk, body creams, textiles, and even meat.

Mr Kouassi said that this “ is for the good of consumers and also an opportunity for traders to appeal to other people outside their home market.”

The ECOWAS is currently embarking a program which seeks to protect consumers across the region.

This means that in Ghana, the Ghana Standards Authority will issue the ECOMARK certification on behalf of ECOWAS.

A trader exporting products from Ghana to other ECOWAS countries will need the ECOMARK and other certifications from the Food and Drugs Authority and the Ghana Standards Authority for their products to be recognized as authentic in all the 15 countries.

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