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On 24 August 2018, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) published the Official Gazette for the Technical Regulation of Textile Products1. This new technical regulation applies to all textile products which are placed on the market of Saudi Arabia. The suppliers of textile products shall comply with the provisions of this new technical regulation no later than 23 February 2019, and the textile products which do not comply with this new technical regulation are allowed to be traded until 23 August 2019.
This new technical regulation aims to lay out the basic requirements for the textile products and the conformity assessment procedures that the suppliers of textile products must comply with when placing the textile products on the market. The suppliers of textile products must obtain a certificate of conformity issued by a notified body according to the following product types:
In order to obtain the certificate of conformity, the following technical documentation should be provided with the textile products:
Products with Saudi Quality Mark, or Saudi environment mark or equivalent issued by the authorities accepted by SASO can be treated as complying with all requirements in the technical regulation.
Below Table A lists a brief summary of the requirements on the textile products in this technical regulation.
Table A. Brief summary of textile products’ requirement.
The permitted limits and corresponding testing standards of the above parameters are listed in Annexes 1 and 2.
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