Saudi Arabia

Do you want to sell your products to Saudi Arabia? Saudi market offers unlimited business opportunities in a wide range of industries. Saudi Arabia's standards dictate that all imported products must be certified. Find out how to get the necessary certificate for importing your products into Saudi Arabia.

WWBridge offers a variety of services designed to support compliance with the requirements of the technical regulations and standards of Saudi Arabia.


Certification services of WWBridge in Saudi Arabia

  • SASO
  • Saber Saudi Arabia (Product Certification of Conformity (PCoC), Shipment Certificate of Conformity (SCoC), IECEE recognition, CITC, Q-Mark)

SASO

SASO is a Saudi standards and Technical Regulations of Saudi Organization for Standardization, Metrology and Quality (SASO) . As part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's national transformation program through 2020 and 2030, SASO has developed the Saudi Product Safety Program, also known as SALEEM. Its aim is to ensure compliance with Saudi Arabia's quality and safety regulations and compliance of imported goods with Saudi standards and Technical Regulations developed by SASO; and protect the health and safety of consumers, as well as the environment.

SABER

SABER is a platform that allows importers and local manufacturers to electronically obtain the required Certificate of Conformity and Certificate of Shipment Conformity for consumer goods, whether they were 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.

What products should be registered on SABER?

As per January 2021, all regulated and non-regulated products, whether imported or manufactured locally. 

Who must register on SABER?

All importers/manufacturers with Saudi commercial register as well as the local manufacturers.

WWBridge offers a variety of services designed to support compliance with the requirements of the technical regulations and standards of Saudi Arabia. Depending on the type of product, WWBridge can help you in the following ways:

  • Help with issuing the product certificates and issuing shipping certificates for all products covered by the Technical Regulations in Saudi Arabia;
  • Enter data in the SABER system for all products intended for import to Saudi Arabia; they must be registered with SABER before a product certificate can be issued;
  • Issue technical assessment reports on products that are not subject to any technical regulation to confirm claims that these products comply with applicable Saudi Arabian standards.

Product Certification of Conformity (PCoC)

The issuance of the Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC) is required for every regulated product, as per the applicable product standards defined in the relevant technical regulation.. PCoC demonstrates that the imported products have been registered within SABER and are compliant with applicable SASO’s Technical Regulations. The product certification of conformity (PCoC) is issued online in the SABER platform. It is valid for a period of one year. 

Shipment Certificate of Conformity (SCoC)

The Shipment Certificate of Conformity (SCoC) that is requested for all imported products cannot be obtained for regulated ones unless their PCoC has first been completed. If a valid PCoC is confirmed, an SCoC is issued in SABER platform, valid for that specific shipment only.

IECEE recognition

IECEE Recognition Certificate applies for certain types of products being imported in Saudi Arabia. It guarantees that certified appliances are compliant with the standards of the IEC Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE), while also taking into consideration the Saudi National Differences. The SASO IECEE Recognition Certificate will be valid for one year and requires annual renewal. To gain access to the Saudi market, the SASO Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is still mandatory for in-scope product categories, and the SASO IECEE Recognition Certificate is a mandatory pre-requisite for the obtainment of SASO CoC.

CITC

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) is mandated to license telecommunications and information technology equipment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Market approval in Saudi Arabia is granted by the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC). The CITC certification is the basis for the market approval of products with wireless technologies in Saudi Arabia. A CITC certificate is a document declaring the conformity of the equipment to the technical specifications issued by the Commission. It is valid for a total of two years and the approval process takes between one and two weeks in total.

Q-Mark

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SASO Quality Mark is a mark of conformity granted to the products that demonstrate compliance with the relevant national standards set by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) in Saudi Arabia. The SQM is proof that the manufacturer has implemented an effective quality management system to ensure continuous compliance with the aforementioned standards. In order to be granted the SQM license a comprehensive evaluation of the product as well as the quality system used by the manufacturer in production through auditing, testing and inspection is necessary. The certificate will be valid for three years, and is subject to surveillance audits every 6 – 12 month, depending on the product. The SQM is both a voluntary and a mandatory mark. If manufacturers would like to add consumer confidence in their products and the product is not subject to regulation by SASO, the SQM can be chosen as a voluntary mark.

Contact us right now to find out how to obtain the all types of the certification documents for export to Saudi Arabia: [email protected]



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F.A.Q.

Is the local representative company required for handling the EAC certification?
In accordance with the Customs Union legislation, a foreign manufacturer must have a Local representative company (an Applicant) on the territory of the Customs Union (CU) to issue the certificate/declaration. This means that an Applicant for you can be your customer, distributor or official representative company in CU. WorldWideBridge LLC will be mentioned on certificate/declaration as a local representative. 
What does Annual maintenance inspection assume?
Each serially producing product that requires Certificate of conformity is subjected to Annual Maintenance Inspection (or so-called Inspection control) in case of applying for more than 1-year certificate. It assumes that certification body which issued the CoC needs to confirm that the product is still produced at the same quality. It can be done through the re-testing or reviewing of Quality Management System documents. In some cases, the certification body can initiate a production site audits during AMI.
What does the cost of certification services depend on? Is there any price list?
The cost of certification services depends on the type of the required approval document and technical characteristics of the product itself that influences the scope of tests that are to be conducted. We have no price-list because used to work with a wide range of certification bodies, testing laboratories, and other specialized state institutions (Federal Security Service (FSS) licensing center, Radiofrequency center (RFC), Rostekhnadzor, Roszdravnadzor, etc.)And this means that the price can vary depending on product specification and certain certification body's pricing policy. If we are talking about the product specification, then the cost can be affected by the number of models, differences in applied models, the number of communication standards used (for radio products), the number of declared protective properties (for PPE), metrology characteristics ( for measuring devices) and so on. Each product is unique, each request must be carefully calculated to determine the type of document, the amount of testing, the most optimal certification scheme, the number of test reports, etc. Also, it is important to note that CU certification bodies have a certain accreditation (product range they can approve). So, in case of big projects that include different products for certification we should apply to several different authorities. Each of those has individual pricing policies due to their testing facilities. This fact can significantly affect the pricing and process. Our goal is to provide accurate consulting services in a specific case. Therefore, we are happy to evaluate the client's application, which contains the name and description of the product and the HS code (Customs code).
What is the EAC mark and when should it be applied?
EAC mark is an approval sign for products that are needed to be imported to the Customs Union (CU). This mark gives the opportunity to enter the markets of Russia, Belarus, Kazakstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, distribute products throughout the entire territory of these countries, and extend your audience to almost 200 millions of people. EAC mark can be obtained only after the certification procedure according to the Technical Regulations of the Customs union is finished. ЕАС abbreviation stands for “Eurasian Conformity”. The unified mark is applied to each unit of production, packaging or accompanying documentation. The image of the unified mark has to be one colour and contrast with the surface colour on which it is applied. The place of application of the unified mark on the product, packaging and documentation is established in technical regulations of the Customs union.
Can the production site audit be replaced by CIG report?
The production site audit can be required in case the product requires the Certificate of conformity to the Technical Regulation of the Customs union. A lot of our clients are interested whether the production audit can be replaced by CIG report that use to be issued by most European producers. Customs union approval procedure does not assume replacing of the audit by providing CIG report because the expert from certification authority is obliged to check the QMS personally according to our law.
How is determine whether the Declaration of conformity or Certificate of conformity is required?
The necessary form of the approval document depends on the product description and HS code (Customs code). In each technical regulations of the Customs union, there is the List which determines whether Certificate of conformity or Declaration of conformity is required for certain product according to its HS Code and application field. In some cases, technical parameters must be also taken into consideration (for pressure equipment, PPE products, etc.).
What is required to import the samples for tests?
The samples can be imported for test only after all the preparations. Firstly, we should prepare the application for the certification and confirm it with the client.  On the second stage, the client s preparing the invoice for samples delivery that is needed to be sent to us for the check.  When the samples arrived at the customs clearance office the receiver prepare all the necessary documents confirming the import purpose and pay all the required fees to the government.  Import fees depend on the announced product price according to the shipping invoice. Products that are valued less than 200 EUR are free from such fees.  The final stage assumes the registration of the cargo declaration that confirms that the samples passed the customs clearance and can be used on for certification.
How can the EAC approval documents be prolonged after the expiration date?
Customs union certification system does not assume the prolongation procedure. This means that the certification process must be repeated including tests, production site audit if required. After all the procedures are done you will receive a new approval document. 
Is there an open register where the issued EAC approval document can be checked?
Almost all approval documents are to be registered in the open registers. Here you can refer to some of them: the Registered EAC Certificates of Conformity ,  the Registered EAC Declarations of Conformity , the registered State Registration Certificates , FFS Notifications (encrypted means) register.  If you need additional information please apply to [email protected]

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