SASO Certification for textiles
The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) is a technical governing body in Saudi Arabia. It was instituted in 1972 to govern tasks related to standards, metrology, and quality.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requires that SASO Technical Regulation covers all consignments of products exported to them. Therefore, products should be issued with a SASO Certification, and a a Shipment Certification of Conformity (SCoC) should accompany every consignment. These certificates indicate compliance with the applicable standards and technical regulations.
SALEEM stands for Saudi product safety programme. SALEEM 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 the environment.
The new Saudi product safety programme (SALEEM) issues a new SASO certificate, which replaces the current product certification program where products are classified as per the risk level into regulated and non-regulated products.
Based on the severity and risk, SASO has issued several technical regulations for specified products. The technical regulations have listed the requirements and SASO certificate schemes for each product category.
SABER is an online portal where importers, notifies bodies and Saudi Customs are involved in certificate issuance for both Product and Shipment certificates. The SABER certificates are used to clear the consignments from the customs. Also, invoices are issued in the SABER portal.
This importer-based portal registers products and issues SABER certification for products and shipment. All shipments to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must have the SABER certificate of conformity.
This SABER Certificate of Conformity is issued to register a product for one year. Obtaining this certificate is mandatory only for Regulated Products, and it is valid for one year. Once the regulated product obtains the Product Certification of Conformity (PCoC), it will be eligible to obtain the Shipment Certification of Conformity (SCoC).
The Shipment Certification of Conformity (SCoC) is mandatory to issue for each shipment of Regulated and Non-regulated products. It is valid for one shipment only.
Regulated Products falls within a specific technical regulation. Non-regulated products are not included in technical regulations.
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 placed on the market of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Accordingly, 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 the 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):
Textile components of:
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.
Initially, the SASO/SABER Programme was supported only by SABER, the online registration platform through which importers register the product models intended for import. SABER is an e-platform that links traders, importers to accredited certification bodies (CB) to get conformity certificates enabling shipment authorization and product compliance as per Saudi requirements.
As of 1st of July 2020, the shipment process into Saudi Arabia has been simplified and faster through the linking of FASAH and SABER platforms. FASAH is a Single Window system that enables importing and exporting across Saudi borders.
TÜV SÜD is a SASO certificate issuing authority in India. Therefore, we can provide a one-stop solution from product testing to SASO certification for textiles for customers for the SALEEM Scheme.
TÜV SÜD is a notified SASO certification body, which means we can provide a one stop solution from Importer Registration to certification under the SALEEM scheme. As a SASO certificate provider in India, we strive to offer comprehensive and competitive services and certification packages with the following services: