Product conformity


Consumer and environmental protection through the implementation of national/international standards.


Today, governments attach great importance to the development of international trade, but also to the protection of consumer health and safety and the environment. Some national standardisation bodies, acting within a legislative framework, require the intervention of independent companies in order to maintain full control over the goods placed on the market.


What is VOC?

This service consists of verifying the conformity of goods with national standards or their international equivalent. At the same time, it is working to make importers and exporters aware of the need to comply with the standards and the benefits they will find there. For punctual deliveries or first deliveries, importers must follow the basic shipping process: documents proving compliance with the required standards, otherwise the goods can be tested in an approved laboratory. The goods are physically checked to ensure that the documents correspond to the products and that no anomalies are found. Regular shipments can be processed by registration or under license.


Bureau Veritas offers trade facilitation services on all five continents and is one of the world leaders in import control.


Bureau Veritas is ISO 9001 certified for all its activities worldwide and is the first inspection company to have its network accredited ISO 17020 for its preshipment inspection and conformity verification activities.


An extensive international network combined with personalized service worldwide, where you want it.


Bureau Veritas was founded in 1828 and has been facilitating international trade for more than 25 years on behalf of many government clients and supply chain agents. Founding member of IFIA (International Federation of Inspection Agencies)

This federation brings together companies that provide inspection, testing and certification services worldwide. Bureau Veritas applies the IFIA Code of Ethics and the PSI Code of Best Practices.


  • Who pays for this inspection?

    The government, importer or exporter, depending on the country of destination (see the corresponding form on our website).

  • Are all goods inspected?

    No. Some may be prohibited on importation, others exempted, depending on the country of destination (see the corresponding sheet on our website).

  • What is the minimum value subject to control?

    The minimum value is set by the client country. If the goods are the subject of several commercial invoices, all issued by the same exporter, arriving by the same means of transport, consigned to the same importer and having a total value greater than the minimum set, they shall be subject to a pre-shipment inspection.

  • Do the goods have to be packed before inspection?

    The goods must be presented with their packaging. However, if the packaging does not allow the inspector to correctly identify the items, it must be reviewed and redone under the control of the inspectors