Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) introduced the new Saudi Product Safety Program named as "SALEEM", which will replace the current Conformity Assessment program. SALEEM program is concerned with the safety of products in the Saudi market, that is why the program was called SALEEM, as SALEEM in Arabic indicates that the product is safe, secure and free of flaws that may directly or indirectly harm individuals, society or environment.
Under SALEEM, product and shipment conformity program will be operated via the new online system named as "SABER". Starting from January 2019, SABER will be implemented gradually by technical regulations (TR). Upon implementation, importers importing products regulated by the TR are required to register the products on the system for obtaining Certificate of Conformity after passing assessment.
All consignment of products intended to be imported to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must present the Certificate of Shipment Conformity at Saudi Customs for a smooth clearance.
QIMA is one of the SASO approved Conformity Assessment Bodies (CB) and is authorized to issue Certificates of Conformity for products exporting from the following regions:
Certificate for products under SABER implemented TR are issued through the SABER system, and for other regulated products where SABER is not yet implemented for, the existing SASO CoC program may continue.
How to Get Started https://saber.sa/
SABER is a platform that allows investors and local manufacturer to electronically obtain the required Certificate of Conformity and Certificate of Shipment Conformity for consumer goods whether it was imported or locally manufactured to enter the Saudi market. The platform aims to protect the businesses from fraud and ensure that products are free from defects that may affect the health and safety of consumers.
Importers and local manufacturer will be able to request Certificate of Conformity (Both Product and Shipment Certificate of Conformity) for their products easily through SABER.
The mechanism of the SABER system is divided into 3 steps as below.
*Risk level of product
Risk level of the product is assigned by the system based on the supplied HS code and product category. Those items that are not regulated by any Saudi Arabian technical regulation are classified as low-risk items.
* For products not regulated by Saudi Arabia TR, self-declaration according to the approved forms by SASO is sufficient, Type Approval Certificates are not needed.
Type Approval Certificate will be issued through SABER system after compliance to relevant standards is proven and after approval by SASO Approved Conformity Assessment Body.
The existing SASO CoC program may continue for other regulated products where SABER is not yet implemented for.
Shipment Certificate is required for each consignment. Issuance of Shipment Certificate for shipments of non-regulated products and regulated products under SABER implemented TR are done through SABER.
Currently, SABER is gradually implementing, one TR at a time. Upon implementation, products subject to the relevant TR shall prove the conformity specified in the TR through SABER platform. Certificate of Conformity will be issued through SABER for those products.
|Implementation date||Example of Products processed by SABER||Relevant Technical Regulation|
|Jan 2019||leakage alarm system, LPG metal cylinder, gas supply hose, valves for gas cylinder, cooking stoves, LPG powered heater||M.A.-156-16-04-04
Technical Regulation for Gas Appliances and their Accessories
|Apr 2019||Products designed for use in play by children under 14 years of age||BD-131704-01
GCC Technical Regulation on Children Toys
|Electrical and electronic devices and appliances that contain electrical and/or electronic component with a voltage rating of 50-1000 V for AC and 75-1500 V for DC||BD-142004-01
GCC Technical Regulation for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment and Appliances
|Lubricating oil, brake fluid, automatic transmission fluid, hydraulic oil||S.V.-155-16-03-01
Technical Regulation for Lubricating Oils
* Last updated: 11 Mar 2019
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