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ONSSA provides the chairmanship and secretariat of 13 Standards Commissions (NCs):

The new AD list is as follows:

  • CN of Methods of Analysis and
  • Sampling of Foodstuffs;
  • CN of Milk and Derivatives;
  • CN of Meat, Eggs and Derived Products;
  • CN of Beekeeping Products;
  • CN of Fertilizers and Crop Support;
  • CN of Fruits, Vegetables and Derived Products;
  • CN Food Safety and Health;
  • CN Animal Feed;
  • CN of Food Additives;
  • CN Pasta, couscous and similar products;
  • CN Spices, herbs and condiments
  • CN Tea and Coffee
  • CN of oilseeds and oleaginous fruits and derived products.

The procedure for developing and revising the Moroccan Standards follows the following steps:

1-Census of needs

The first step in the development of a Moroccan Standard, is the identification of the need, so a letter is sent each year end to the Administrations, Professionals, Research Institutes and Consumer Protection Associations concerned. Members of NCs established with ONSSA are referred by DNSPS, as the secretariat of the NCs in question, to gather their needs for standards to be included in the annual standardization programme. (Needs Census Form)

2- Registration for the annual standardization program

Following consideration of the expressed or implied needs, the list of draft standards proposed by ONSSA is forwarded by DNSPS to IMANOR for inclusion in the annual Moroccan standardization programme at the national level which submits it to the CSNCA.

The annual standardization programme may be amended in connection with requests made during the year by the economic operators or administrations concerned.

3- Drafting of project standards

For the development of draft standards, the NPS Secretariat provided by SPSD collects background documents such as regulations, regional or international standards. The Secretariat subsequently developed a draft standard for distribution to NRT members for comment and consideration.

The decision to develop standards may also be made by NRT members subject to subsequent approval by ONSSA and IMANOR.

4- Distribution of invitations to NRT members

DNSPS determines the dates for holding meetings of the Standardization Commissions, prepares the meetings and convenes the members of the Commission, ensuring that all interested parties are represented.
The NRT meeting takes place if at least 3 NRT member colleges are represented. In the absence of a quorum, a second meeting shall be convened within a period not exceeding one month and shall be held regardless of the number of colleges represented.

5- Review of draft standards at NC

NC members meet for review of programmed PNMs. The PNMs are reviewed as many times as necessary, until a consensus is reached on the technical content of the document (PNM Remarks Form at the Commission Stage) . Once this consensus is reached, the draft standard is finalized for submission to the Public Inquiry.

The current Moroccan Standards may also be subject to periodic revisions for confirmation, amendment or cancellation.
The procedure for revising Moroccan standards follows the same stages as those laid down for its preparation.
In the event of special circumstances (health crisis, natural disaster, etc.), which prevent a physical meeting of NC members, and to ensure the continuity of standardization activities, remote consultation may be carried out.
To this end, the Secretariat shall send its members the NMPs programmed and shall allow a period of at least 3 weeks for their examination and submission of comments and observations.

6- Transmission of PV to DG

A record of all the decisions taken during the review of the draft standards at the CN level is sent to the Director General of ONSSA before continuing the stages of development of the Moroccan standards.

7- Submission to Public Inquiry

In order to ensure that the draft standards adopted by the NCs correspond to the general interest, a broad consultation (public survey lasting 1 to 3 months) is organised by ONSSA with interested parties. The recipients of this survey are chosen based on the technical, economic, legal and regulatory implications of the draft standard in their activities. The survey is also intended for the general public via the ONSSA and IMANOR electronic portal. (Formulaire des remarques sur les PNM en enquête publique).

Standards relating to terminology, methods of testing, analysis or sampling published by international or regional standards bodies, of which Morocco is a member, may be submitted directly for approval as Moroccan standards after agreement of the CN concerned.

Once the EP is closed, the Secretariat compiles the comments and comments received. If no comments on the PNM have been made, or the comments are only technical, the Secretariat shall finalize the PNM and forward them to IMANOR for approval. Otherwise, if the remarks are deemed relevant, a call for a recount meeting is arranged.

Under the special conditions, adopted PNMs for remote consultation shall be subject to a one-month EP unless otherwise proposed by one of the CN members.

8- Approval of standards

The approval decision of the Moroccan standards is pronounced by the Director of IMANOR and sent for publication in the Bulletin Officie

9- Publication on the website

The Cooperation and Communication Division is subsequently required to publish on the ONSSA website the list of certified standards updated and transmitted by the DNSPS as they are published in the Official Bulletin.