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Saudi-ArabiaMost products entering the Saudi Arabian market must meet the relevant requirements of the authorities depending on the product scope. Product safety requirements and regulations are put in place to reduce risks, improve quality of life and ensure safety during use. 

Regulations and compliance requirements can pose challenges to companies who are looking to explore new markets. You can ensure that your products successfully meet the Saudi Arabian standards by working with a market leader, TÜV SÜD. 

TÜV SÜD fully understands the local requirements and procedures applicable in Saudi Arabia. You can rely on our expertise and knowledge to help you access key markets efficiently while at the same time, be assured of our objectivity, integrity and professionalism.

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  • Electrical Safety

    Regulatory agency

    • Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO)

    Regulations

    • Imported products are subject to the SASO Certification Program (ICCP).
    • CoC, issued by an entity authorised by the competent official agency in the country of origin, is required for all imported regulated products.
    • Every new shipment requires a Certificate of Conformity (COC).
    • Testing by an accredited test laboratory is required.
    • All imported consignments must bear a non-removable indication of origin.
    • SASO is developing a new product safety programme named SALEEM – Saudi Product Safety Program. A new online system SABER will be developed for SALEEM.

    Guidelines

    • Pre-shipment Inspection (PSI) is required for CoC.
    • The authorities in Saudi Arabia may also take random samples from imported consignments to verify compliance.
    • In the event that a shipment arrives at any Saudi Arabia port without a CoC, the shipment will either be rejected or require product testing by an approved local test laboratory.

    Applicable product categories 

    • Regulated products include all consumer products arriving in Saudi Arabia, except military equipment, medical products and food. To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us.

    Our services at a glance

    • TÜV SÜD has the experience and capability to support manufacturers in attaining compliance with Saudi Arabian requirements and obtaining the necessary approval.
  • EMC

    Regulatory agency

    Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO)

    Regulations

    • EMC compliance is required for the above, for products with telecommunication function.

    Guidelines

    • Pre-shipment Inspection (PSI) is required for CoC. 
    • The authorities in Saudi Arabia may also take random samples from imported consignments to verify compliance.
    • In the event that a shipment arrives at any Saudi Arabia port without a CoC, the shipment will either be rejected or require product testing by an approved local test laboratory.

    Applicable product categories

    Regulated products include all consumer products arriving in Saudi Arabia, except for military equipment, medical products and food. To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us

    Our services at a glance

    TÜV SÜD has the experience and capability to support manufacturers in attaining compliance with Saudi Arabian requirements and obtaining the necessary approval.

  • Energy efficiency

    Regulatory agency

    Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO)

    Regulations

    • The SASO EER Certificate is issued for registered products with Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO) for Energy Efficiency Labels, based on requirements according to applicable SASO standards.

    Guidelines

    • Each product model is required to be registered with SASO and labelled with an energy efficiency rating.
    • The rating will be assigned based on the results of energy performance tests according to recently approved SASO standards.
    • Appliances will be assigned a rating of one to six stars. The greater the number of stars, the higher the energy efficiency.

    Applicable product categories

    Product categories that require mandatory energy efficiency labelling include:

    • Air conditioning equipment
    • Clothes washers 
    • Compact fluorescent lamps
    • Cooling equipment for households (electrical refrigerators, freezers and combinations thereof)
    • Electric motors 
    • Electrical clothes dryers
    • Halogen lamps 
    • Incandescent light bulb / Electric Lightbulb 
    • LED lamps 
    • Lighting equipment / Luminaires
    • Tyres
    • Water heaters

    To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us

    Our services at a glance

    TÜV SÜD has the experience and capability to support manufacturers in attaining compliance with Saudi Arabian requirements and obtaining the necessary approval. TÜV SÜD can also support manufacturers in obtaining voluntary endorsement labels.

  • Telecom & Wireless

    Regulatory agency

    • Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)

    Regulations

    • CITC Interim Authorisation for imported telecommunications and wireless equipment is required.

    Guidelines

    • CITC’s Interim Authorisation is based upon review of existing foreign standard test reports such as EN or FCC test reports.
    • The Commission may obtain a sample of the equipment held by the Authority for testing to verify conformance to the Commission’s requirements

    Applicable product categories 

    • Technical specifications for telecommunications and IT equipment can be found here. To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us.

    Our services at a glance

    • TÜV SÜD can perform EN and FCC testing for CITC Interim Authorisation.
  • Textiles

    The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO) has implemented the SALEEM by launching the SABER platform for online Certification for Exports to Saudi Arabia.

    What is saleem / saber?

    • What is SALEEM?

    SALEEM programme is concerned with the safety of products in the Saudi market. SALEEM in Arabic indicates that the product is safe, secure and free of flaws that may directly or indirectly harm individuals, society or environment. The new Saudi product safety programme, which replaces the current product certification programme, is where products are classified as per the risk level into regulated and non-regulated products. Based on the severity and risk of a product, SASO have issued several technical regulations for specified products. The technical regulations are listing the requirements and certification schemes for each product category.

     

    • What is SABER?

    SABER is the online portal where importers, notified bodies and Saudi Customs are involved in certificate issuance for both Product and Shipment certificates. The certificates are used to clear the consignments from the customs. Also, invoice is issued in SABER portal.

     

    Regulations

    • Product Certificate (PC)

    Certificate being issued to register product for 1 year. Obtaining this certificate is mandatory only for Regulated Products and it is valid for 1 year. Once the regulated product obtains the Product Certificate (PC), it will be eligible to obtain the Shipment Certificate (SC).

    • Shipment Certificate (SC)

    Shipment Certificate (SC) is mandatory to issue for each shipment of Regulated and Non-regulated products. It is valid for 1 shipment only.

    • Regulated and Non-regulated Products

    Regulated Products falls within a specific technical regulation. Non-regulated products are not included in technical regulations.

    • Certification Body

    Certification body notified by The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO)

    process step

    • Step 1: Importer Registration

      • Registering Importer information in the SABER portal

      • Assigning contact officers

    • Step 2: Adding Products

      • Adding product information in the SABER portal as well as the product photos

      • Products are classified to Regulated or Non-regulated based on HS code

    • Step 3: Product Certificate Request and Issuance (Applicable only for Regulated Products)

      • For regulated products, the importer proceeds to place a request to certification body to issue a Product Certificate

      • Once specified, list of Certification Body who are notified for the same Technical Regulation are presented. The importer must select the Certification Body for issuing the Product Certificate.

      • Certification Body does contact the importer to arrange the activities required for Conformity Assessment

      • Once the Certification Body activities are done and product found conforming to the requirements, Product Certificate is issued.

      • If the product obtained an equivalent certificate, Product Certificate is still required.

    • Step 4: Shipment Certificate Request and Issuance (Applicable for Regulated and Non-regulated Products) 

      • Shipment Certificate shall be issued for each shipment of both regulated and non-regulated products.

      • For regulated products, only those products are obtained Product Certificate are available to be added for Shipment Certificate.

      • Importer needs to add details of each product included in the shipment such as quantity as well as the details of the invoice, also barcode is needed.

      • For regulated items in the invoice, SABER will send the request to the certification body who issued the Product Certificate to perform conformity assurance activities.

      • Certification Body will check the compliance of the product and will issue the Shipment Certificate.

     

    salem implementation for textile products:

    On 24 August 2018, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) published the Official Gazette for the Technical Regulation of Textile Products 02-05-18-164 M.A. This new technical regulation applies to all textile products which are placed on the market of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The exporters of textile products shall comply with the provisions of this new technical regulation.

    Textile and apparel, including underwear for both adults and children implemented in SABER portal starting from 1st December 2019.

    The Technical Regulation applies to all textile products which are available in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA):

    • Products containing at least 80% by weight of textile fibres (including textile components of curtains, furniture, carpets, clothing, technical fabrics and textiles)

    • Furniture, umbrella and sunshade coverings containing at least 80% by weight of textile components

    Textile components of:

    • The upper layer of the multi-layered floor covering
      Mattress covers

    • Coverings of camping equipment and goods, provided that the components constitute at least 80% by weight of such upper layers or coverings

    • Textiles incorporated in other products and forming an integral part thereof, including footwear, bags and head-covers 

    Note: Products designed for medical purposes or medical claims, as they fall under the requirements and regulations of Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), are excluded from these Technical Regulations.

    TÜV SÜD SERVICES:

    TÜV SÜD is notified body which means we can provide one stop solution from Importer Registration to certification under SALEEM scheme. We strive to offer comprehensive and competitive services and certification packages with the following services:

    • Handling facility (Importer) registration process

    • Handling product registration (Listing) process

    • Testing of products (As per the risk assessment)

    • Factory Auditing (Applicable for Type – 3 products which are Children products and Underwear)

    • Issuing Product Certificate (PC)

    • Issuing Shipment Certificate (SC)

    • Complete Account Managing which includes all the above services

    • Awareness programmes on SALEEM / SABER for the Importer and Exporter

  • Leather products

    The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO) has implemented the SALEEM by launching the SABER platform for online Certification for Exports to Saudi Arabia.

    What is saleem / saber?

    • What is SALEEM?

    SALEEM programme is concerned with the safety of products in the Saudi market. SALEEM in Arabic indicates that the product is safe, secure and free of flaws that may directly or indirectly harm individuals, society or environment. The new Saudi product safety programme, which replaces the current product certification programme, is where products are classified as per the risk level into regulated and non-regulated products. Based on the severity and risk of a product, SASO have issued several technical regulations for specified products. The technical regulations are listing the requirements and certification schemes for each product category.

     

    • What is SABER?

    SABER is the online portal where importers, notified bodies and Saudi Customs are involved in certificate issuance for both Product and Shipment certificates. The certificates are used to clear the consignments from the customs. Also, invoice is issued in SABER portal.

     

    Regulations

    • Product Certificate (PC)

    Certificate being issued to register product for 1 year. Obtaining this certificate is mandatory only for Regulated Products and it is valid for 1 year. Once the regulated product obtains the Product Certificate (PC), it will be eligible to obtain the Shipment Certificate (SC)

    • Shipment Certificate (SC)

    Shipment Certificate (SC) is mandatory to issue for each shipment of Regulated and Non-regulated products. It is valid for 1 shipment only.

    • Regulated and Non-regulated Products

    Regulated Products falls within a specific technical regulation. Non-regulated products are not included in technical regulations.

    • Certification Body

    Certification body notified by The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO)

    process step

    • Step 1: Importer Registration

      • Registering Importer information in the SABER portal

      • Assigning contact officers

    • Step 2: Adding Products

      • Adding product information in the SABER portal as well as the product photos

      • Products are classified to Regulated or Non-regulated based on HS code

    • Step 3: Product Certificate Request and Issuance (Applicable only for Regulated Products)

      • For regulated products, the importer proceeds to place a request to certification body to issue a Product Certificate

      • Once specified, list of Certification Body who are notified for the same Technical Regulation are presented. The importer must select the Certification Body for issuing the Product Certificate.

      • Certification Body does contact the importer to arrange the activities required for Conformity Assessment

      • Once the Certification Body activities are done and product found conforming to the requirements, Product Certificate is issued.

      • If the product obtained an equivalent certificate, Product Certificate is still required.

    • Step 4: Shipment Certificate Request and Issuance (Applicable for Regulated and Non-regulated Products) 

      • Shipment Certificate shall be issued for each shipment of both regulated and non-regulated products.

      • For regulated products, only those products are obtained Product Certificate are available to be added for Shipment Certificate.

      • Importer needs to add details of each product included in the shipment such as quantity as well as the details of the invoice, also barcode is needed.

      • For regulated items in the invoice, SABER will send the request to the certification body who issued the Product Certificate to perform conformity assurance activities.

      • Certification Body will check the compliance of the product and will issue the Shipment Certificate.

     

    salem implementation for leather products:

    Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has included Leather & Footwear products under SALEEM scheme under regulated products. The exporters of leather products shall comply with the provisions of this scheme.

    TÜV SÜD SERVICES:

    TÜV SÜD is notified body which means we can provide one stop solution from Importer Registration to certification under SALEEM scheme. We strive to offer comprehensive and competitive services and certification packages with the following services:

    • Handling facility (Importer) registration process

    • Handling product registration (Listing) process

    • Testing of products (As per the risk assessment)

    • Factory Auditing (Applicable for Type – 3 products which are Children products and Underwear)

    • Issuing Product Certificate (PC)

    • Issuing Shipment Certificate (SC)

    • Complete Account Managing which includes all the above services

    • Awareness programmes on SALEEM / SABER for the Importer and Exporter

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