Certificate of Conformity for Exports to Saudi Arabia

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: A SASO-Approved Conformity Assessment Body

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.

How to Get Started https://saber.sa/

1. SABER System

SABER is a platform that allows importers 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.

2. Product Registration

  • Importer input details of product in SABER
  • SABER system will verify if the product is regulated or not base on HS code or product category

3. Type Approval Certificate (Product Certificate of Conformity)

  • Scope: Products that are regulated by Saudi Arabia TR which SABER have been implemented for
  • Click herefor list of technical regulation
  • * 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.

  • Validity: One year
  • Required document:
  • Conformity document, such as test reports, quality certificates, risk assessment reports, inspection report etc if applicable
  • Design, dimension, plans, specification photo of the products if applicable

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.

4. Shipment Certificate of Conformity

  • Scope: All product
  • Validity: per consignment
  • Required document:
  • Type Approval Certificate / Self declaration
  • Shipment Document, such as invoice, packing list, bill of lading etc.
  • 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.

5. SABER Implementation

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.

6. SASO announcement

Please note the following:

  1. QIMA will stop issuing any SASO CoC for regulated products under the remaining technical regulations (TR) from the SABER system / SABER CoC program starting on 15/01/2020.
  2. QIMA will issue only the PCoCs for regulated products from the SABER platform.
  3. All traders shall obtain the shipment certificate for all non-regulated products via the ​SABER platform.
  4. Starting from 15/02/2020, no shipment will enter Saudi Arabia unless it has the required certifications via SABER only.

7. List of products subject to TR that shall prove the specified conformity through SABER platform*

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
notes: Saudi quality mark required. Intervention from CB is not required after acquisition of Saudi quality mark
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
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
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
Jun 2019 Elevator intended for public use in buildings and facilities, and certain elevator safety component M.A. 161-17-07-05
Technical Regulation for Lifts Used in Building and Installations
Metals and their alloys for building and civil engineering works
e.g. steel sheet, steel wire, aluminium and its alloys for building purpose
M.A. 156-16-03-01
Technical Regulation of Building Materials Part 1: Metals and their Alloys for Constructions and Buildings
Insulation and cladding material
except tiles, ceramics, marble, stone, paint
M.A. 156-16-03-02
Technical Regulation of Building Materials Part 2: Insulation Products and Building Cladding Materials
Hydraulic connections and related product
e.g. cement, building lime, gypsum, premixed concrete products and derivatives, cement bricks, chemical additions of concrete
except reinforced concrete, concrete precast
note: only type 3 assessment is required, but suppliers are required to sign an agreement to authorize the governmental authority to conduct type 5 assessment.
note: Saudi Quality Mark or equivalent is required for cement and precast concrete
M.A. 161-17-07-02
Technical Regulation of Building Materials Part 3: Hydraulic Connections and Related Material
Bricks, tiles, marble and stone, sanitary ware, ceramic tiles and ceramic bricks
except cement tiles and bricks
notes: Saudi quality mark required for ceramic ware. Intervention from CB is not required after acquisition of Saudi quality mark
M.A. 161-17-07-03
Technical Regulation of Building Materials Part 4: Bricks, Tiles, Ceramic, Sanitary Ware and Related Materials
Aug 2019 Emulsion paints, oil paints and varnishes for use in residential and commercial buildings, and public utilities M.A.-
Technical Regulation for Paints (Dyes) and Varnishes
Electric self-balancing plates (Scooters) M.A.-155-06-03-04
Technical Regulation for the Electric Self-Balancing Boards (Scooter)
Disposable products manufactured from polypropylene and polyethylene plastics which are often used for a short time M.A.-156-16-04-03
Technical Regulation for Degradable Plastic Products
Car batteries, portable batteries, such as button cells, weighting less than 1kg M.A. -166-18-04-02
Technical Regulation for Electrical Batteries
Nov 2019 New spare parts for motor vehicles
except tires, vehicles batteries and safety barriers
Technical Regulation for Auto Spare Parts
Personal protection products
e.g. firefighting clothing, eye protection equipment, gloves, safety shoes
except for medical equipment and protective clothing for medical or military uses
Technical Regulation for Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing
Dec 2019 Voltage inverters, cables, control equipment M.A. 165-18-04-03
Technical Regulation for Small-Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Textile products
e.g. silk, wool, cotton, fabrics
Technical Regulation for Textile Products
Trailers and Semi-Trailers M.A.-162-17-07-04
Technical Regulations for Trailers and Semi-Trailers
Detergents, surfactants, soap
e.g. liquid glass cleaner, liquid dishwashing detergent
except disinfectants
M.A. 155-16-03-02
Technical Regulation for Detergents
Products of solar energy generating systems and their component
e.g. photovoltaic units, cables and connectors
M.A. 165-18-04-03
Technical Regulation for Photovoltaic Cells
Front, side and rear protection barriers for trucks and trailers with a maximum weight of 3.5 tons M.A.-161-17-07-04
Technical Regulations for Front and Rear and Side Barriers for Trucks and Trailers
Jan 2020 Equipment, machinery ad structures that are installed permanently or temporarily in recreational cities M.A. 165-18-04-02
Technical Regulation for Games and Devices of Amusement Parks
Adhesives and glue products
e.g. structural adhesives, adhesives for leather, footwear, wood products, paper, packaging
Technical Regulation for Adhesives Materials, Tapes, Glue and Related Products
Plastic metal products manufactured in the form of costume for decoration
e.g. hair, hands and neck accessories
Technical Regulation for Ornaments and Decorations
Plastic and metal pipe system used in transport of water and electrical installations in building and accessories Technical Regulation of Building Materials Part 5: Pipes of Plastic and Pipes of Metal Used in Water and Electricity Installation Networks
Wireless communication devices
e.g. mobile phones, headsets, smart devices
Technical Regulation for Telecommunications Devices
Packaging products: paper, cardboard, wood, plastics, textile, and any other materials used in packaging Technical Regulation for Packaging
Materials and surfaces in contact with food
e.g. cooking equipment, tableware, food packaging materials and containers
Technical Regulation of Materials and Surfaces for Contact with Food
Footwear made of leather, textile, plastic or a mixture of these material Technical Regulation for Shoes and Leather
Devices operating under pressure and their accessories
e.g. fire extinguishers, pressure cookers
Technical Regulation for Simple Pressure Devices
Products for fire fighting
e.g. fire extinguisher, alarm systems, fire hoses
Technical Regulation for Fire Fighting Equipment
Fireworks products
e.g. firecrackers, fireworks, mine
Technical Regulation for Fireworks
Electric vehicles with a weight not exceeding 3500 kg and speed not exceeding 25 km/h M.A.-162-17-04-03
Technical Regulations for Electric Vehicles
Doors, windows and its accessories made of plastics, wood, glass or metal
eg. warehouse doors, armored doors, fireproof doors
Technical Regulations for Doors and Windows
Paper and paperboard Technical Regulations for Papers and Related Products
Portable Machines, cutting and sewing machines, cranes, mobile machines used in general construction, drilling machines Technical Regulations for Machinery Safety - Part 1: Portable and Oriented Machines
New Pneumatic tires for vehicles Gulf Technical Regulations of Tyres
note: IECEE registration required
M.A. -172-19-04-03
Technical Regulations for Electronic Devices Used in Electronic Smoking Systems
Motorcycle Technical Regulations for Motorcycle
Petroleum product transport tanks E.M. -171-19-06-03
Technical Regulations for Tanks - Part 1: Petroleum Products Transport Tanks
TBD Products for energy efficiency
Eg. air conditioner, refrigerator, washing machine, lighting products, electric motor, clothes dryer, water heater, tire, and automobile fuel economy
Technical Regulation for Energy Efficiency
Showerheads, taps, single and dual flush toilets, flush urinals M.A.-156-16-04-06
Technical Regulation for Water Rationalization Tools
Electronic products
note: refer to IECEE CRD
M.A. 155-16-04-01
SASO IECEE Recognition Certificate Requirement
Modified vehicle under 3500 kg, limited production
except for vehicle for military and security purpose
M.A. 166-18-04-03
Technical Regulation for Modified Vehicles and Limited Production Vehicles
Vehicle Maintenance sector and establishments M.A. 164-18-05-04
Technical Regulation for Classification of Vehicle Maintenance Centres
Fuel economy for vehicles and energy efficiency for tires M.A. 155-16-10-01-01
Technical Regulation for the procedures of data registration and the issuance of Energy efficiency label in vehicles and tires

* Last updated: 16 Jan 2020