Enforcing Mandatory Standards

 Enforcing Mandatory Standards


Enforcement of mandatory standards is conducted based on the powers granted to the Commissioner of Standardization and to the inspectors appointed by the Commissioner according to the Standards Law, 5713-1953. The aim of enforcement is to ensure conformity of commodities to requirements of Israeli Mandatory Standards and in doing so to protect public safety, public health and the environment.

Enforcement activities include:

  • Taking samples of commodities and assessing their conformity to Mandatory Standard requirements.
  • Treatment of inquiries and complaints of the public regarding non-conformity of commodities to Mandatory Standard requirements.
  • Taking administrative and/or criminal action against violators of the Standards Law provisions.


Requirement to adhere to a mandatory standard

A commodity the specifications of which were determined as a Mandatory Standard will not be manufactured, sold, imported or used in any work, and also to perform work for which the technical guidelines of the process were defined as a Mandatory Standard, unless the product or the process conform to the mandatory standard's requirements.

If the mandatory standard specifies maintenance, installation or operating provisions with respect to the commodity, the actions set will be performed by whomever is required to do so and in accordance with the Mandatory Standard's requirements.

The person responsible for complying with the provisions of the mandatory standard will be any of the following: manufacturer, seller, importer, exporter of the commodity the specifications of which were set as a mandatory standard, or whoever performs work for which the technical guidelines of its processes were determined to define a Mandatory Standard. The Commissioner, at any reasonable time, may conduct an inspection to verify compliance with the provisions of the Standards Law.

In conducting an inspection, the inspectors appointed by the Commissioner of Standardization are authorized to take a sample of each commodity for inspection, and to seize or withhold anything they have the basis to assume is in violation of Standards Law provisions.

The Ministry of Economy and Industry initiated an additional amendment to the Standards Law: significantly increasing punishment to violators of the Standards Law, according to which fines reach up to NIS 300,000.

An amendment to the Standards Law grants administrative authority to the Commissioner of Standardization according to which he/she is authorized, pursuant to an administrative order, to order a person who caused harm to public health, safety or to the environment, or it is highly likely that such harm will be caused, to discontinue the action that causes the harm or to prevent execution of the act.

Significantly increased penalties along with greater enforcement in the domestic market enable liberalization in import examinations thus ensuring conformity of the State of Israel with WTO requirements, according to which in enforcing technical requirements every member country must treat imports and local products identically.

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