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, 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/

1. SABER System

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.

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.

The existing SASO CoC program may continue for other regulated products where SABER is not yet implemented for.

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. 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
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 Oow 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
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
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
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
Technical Regulation for Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing
Dec 2019 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
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 City
Adhesives and glue products
e.g. structural adhesives, adhesives for leather, footwear, wood products, paper, packaging
Technical Regulation for Adhesives 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

* Last updated: 07 Aug 2019