The knowledge of technical requirements for a correct analysis of risks is essential for manufacturing products certified to meet the provisions in force on export markets. More specifically, in order to conform with the decree of the Saudi Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoCI), all products exported to Saudi Arabia, in order to pass customs, must be registered and accompanied by a certificate of CoC (Certificate of Conformity) also called SASO (Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization)
As of 1 January 2018, the plan to conform with Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) began to be gradually replaced by the Saudi Product Safety Program (SALEEM).
The products subject to regulation must conform to the requirements outlined by 38 new Technical Regulations (TRs) of the SASO, to which another 8 were added, aimed at guaranteeing the quality and safety of the products entering the Saudi market, which moreover must be accompanied by the Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC) and the Shipping Certificate of Conformity (SCoC).
The new programme is modular and distinguishes between the Product CoC (Certificate of Conformity) and the Shipment CoC.
The Product CoC is issued by the certified Conformity Assessment Bodies (CAB): the products must be tested in a qualified laboratory. The Product CoC is issued using the SABER system and is valid for three years.
The Shipment CoC is requested and issued online by the suppliers of goods, also through the SABER system; all the technical documents relative to the products in the shipment must be available and included in the Product CoC (product file). The Shipment CoC is valid only for a specific shipment and is very similar to the current SASO certificate (CoC).
Within the SALEEM programme, the SASO has developed an electronic system called SABER, through which it will be obligatory for importers to register all the products imported to Saudi Arabia.
Categories of products excluded
The certification regulates all the categories of products with the exception of:
High risk categories
The following categories of products are considered to be at high risk and a specific certification procedure is required:
ECO Certificazioni, when there are positive results from the product evaluations, from the physical inspection of the goods before shipping and the receipt of the commercial invoice, will issue a Certificate of Conformity CoC valid for clearing the goods from customs at their destination.
An electronic copy of the certificate and the inspection report is made available to the Saudi Customs Authority for consultation. An original copy of the CoC must be delivered to the customs to enable clearance.