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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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  • Plug Types

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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.

  • Medical Devices

    Regulatory agency

    • Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA)

    Regulations

    • After the 31 December 2011, only medical devices that have a SFDA marketing authorisation may be put into service within Saudi Arabia.
    • ll manufacturers are required to register themselves and medical devices in the Medical Devices National Registry (MDNR) before applying for the Medical Devices Marketing Authorisation (MDMA) system.

    Guidelines

    • A local representative is required.
    • SFDA will grant a written Medical Devices Marketing Authorisation to manufacturers upon approval.

    Applicable product categories

    Product categories under the Interim Marketing Authorisation Regulation include:

    • All medical devices and their accessories
    • Contact lenses and laser surgical equipment for cosmetic rather than medical purposes, and their accessories.

    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.
    • 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.

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