The Solar Heating Arab Mark and

Certification initiative (SHAMCI)

What is SHAMCI?

The Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative (SHAMCI) is quality certification scheme for the solar thermal products and services in the Arab region. The project provides a regional industrial and regulatory compliance framework for policy makers, industrial sector, and end-consumers. The project promotes adopting standard quality measures, accreditation systems and quality labels across the Arab region.

SHAMCI is the first Arab certification scheme for solar thermal products. It is built around specific characteristics and needs of Arab states in the Middle East and North Africa. SHAMCI is inspired by Solar Keymark, the European certification scheme.

SHAMCI was initiated by RCREEE with the support of the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) based on the Arab Ministerial Council of Electricity (AMCE) of the League of Arab States request. AMEC blessed the establishment of the network and initially accepted SHAMCI certification rules. Three Arab countries (Jordan, Tunisia, and Egypt) have shown interests to implement it on a national level.


1)  Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE).

 2)  Arabian Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO).

3) The League of Arab States (LAS).

SHAMCI Benefits

SHAMCI is natively-built to benefit solar thermal products and services consumers, manufacturers and authorities in the Arab region. SHAMCI labeled products combine international standards with regional specific characteristics assuring products high quality, safety, reliability, durability and high performance.

Adopting SHAMCI helps authorities to:

  • Improve customer confidence.
  • Facilitate trade barriers and regional collaboration.
  • Streamline compliance monitoring.
  • Create jobs.
  • Promote industrial quality standards compliance.

Adopting SHAMCI helps solar thermal product manufacturers to:

  • Offer high quality products at reasonable costs.
  • Improve visibility to SWH customers.
  • Achieve operational economies of scale.
  • Simplify test procedures at lower costs.
  • Develop new markets and create export opportunities.

Adopting SHAMCI helps solar thermal product consumers to:

  • Identify high-quality products easily.
  • Assure safety, durability, and reliability.
  • Compare seller prices through standard product features.

SHAMCI Network

SHAMCI Network is an international stakeholder network which is responsible for developing and running SHAMCI. Network members are representatives from energy authorities, industrial sector, certification bodies, testing and inspection bodies, consumers, NGOs, international organizations, and other concerned stakeholders.

Network members take charge of the following activities:

  • Developing and updating the certification standards and scheme.
  • Harmonizing certification practices and processes.
  • Approving and listing certified products.
  • Organizing regular network meetings and facilitating communication between stakeholders (in general twice a year).
  • Selecting, verifying, and monitoring of test laboratories and ensuring results accuracy.

SHAMCI Secretariat

Secretariat is considered the main driver of shamci network and hosted by the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency which gives turn such a legal  status in terms of financial and legal reference, the Secretariat in coordination with the chairman of the network is representing the network & signs agreements on the Arab and international level, and to manage budget of the network in terms of revenues and expenses whether it was intended by itself or from any other external  parties, as well as preparation of the financial and technical reports to be presented to the network in the periodic meetings.

Secretariat is entrusted by follow up the implementation of all the decisions, plans, and recommendations, issued by SHAMCI network. Secretariat team includes experts for technical, administrative, financial, and regulatory tasks that are nominated by the Regional Centre in coordination with the chairman of the network.