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Saudi SASO certification

Saudi SASO certification profile

SASO is the abbreviation of English Saudi Arabian Standards Organization, which means Saudi Arabian Standards Organization. In fact, many of the SASO standards are based on the safety standards of relevant international organizations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Like many other countries, Saudi Arabia has added some unique items to the standard according to its country's civil and industrial voltage, geography and climatic environment, and ethnic and religious habits. In order to achieve consumer protection, SASO standards are not only applicable to products imported from abroad, but also applicable to products produced in Saudi Arabia.

The need for SASO certification

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Industry and Commerce and SASO require that all products covered by SASO certification standards have SASO certification when entering Saudi customs. Products without SASO certificates will be refused entry by Saudi port customs.
Products are exported to Saudi Arabia. SASO certification certificate will be issued when the goods enter the customs. Technical personnel of Saudi Arabia Standards Organization will check the certificate; if SASO certificate cannot be issued, the product will be refused entry or sampled to Saudi Arabia Ministry of Industry and Commerce The Saudi Arabian Standards Organization conducts tests. If the test fails, the product will be refused entry, and all costs will be borne by the exporting company.

Certification type

I. Pre-shipment Compliance Verification
This method is best suited for exporters or manufacturers who ship very few. Before each shipment, you need to apply for pre-shipment inspection (PSI) and pre-shipment test (PST). A CoC certificate is obtained if both are qualified.

Product Registration
This method is suitable for most customers. Its advantage is that although each shipment inspection (PSI) is necessary, each shipment does not need to undergo pre-shipment test (PST). Customers can obtain the Statement of Registration (SfR) by submitting a declaration of compliance, and providing a test report that conforms to the importing country and relevant international or domestic standards, and declares that the product has met the basic requirements and national differences of the importing country.

3. Type Approval Licensing
This method not only saves the inspection fee or testing fee before each shipment, simplifies repeated application procedures, but also guarantees delivery time. Therefore, some shipments are frequent or large, focusing on quality and reputation Favored by the company. An exporter or manufacturer's product can only obtain a Statement for Licence (SfL) certificate if it fully complies with the mandatory standards of the importing and exporting country. The certificate is valid for one year. Before expiration, you need to submit an updated factory inspection report and pay an annual fee, which can be renewed after being reviewed by RLC. Products that have obtained the SfL certificate no longer need to perform pre-shipment inspection (PSI) for each batch of goods, but are reduced to a few times a year (usually 2-3 times / year, depending on the condition of the product).

The test is performed according to SASO / PAI standards or IEC standards + national differences. The requirements of SASO / PAI standards need to be considered separately, and some terms are quite different. Saudi Arabia's rated voltage is 220V, 50 / 60Hz (with BS plug) or 127V, 60Hz ( (With UL plug) (need to provide another prototype for testing); Kuwait voltage is 240V, 50Hz (with BS plug).

Type approval requires factory inspection;

For electrical products exported to Saudi Arabia, the rated frequency marked on the product must include 60Hz;
User manuals for air conditioners exported to Saudi Arabia must be in Arabic and English; audio and video products, user manuals must be in Arabic;

Original safety regulations and EMC reports must be reports issued by accredited laboratories within 2-3 years.

Applicable product range

With the improvement of the regulations of the Bureau of Standards, more and more products have been included in the SASO certification list. The following sections are for reference only;
The first group: toys
Toys and playground equipment

Group 2: Electronics and electrical products
Air-conditioning system up to 60,000 BTU (5 tons)
Stereo or video equipment (non-professional)
Non-professional audio equipment
Video playback and recording system (non-professional)
Large motor (<12 KW)
Electric motor (<12 KW)
Fax and telex equipment
Household electric cooker
Washing machine (<10 KG)
Clothes dryer (<10 KG)
Electric irons, irons, steam irons and handheld hair dryers
Food processor (non-professional)
Meat cutter, meat grinder (non-professional)
Elevator, escalator
Household microwave
Electric stove (<10 KW)
Desktop and portable computers, monitors
Power transformer, distribution transformer (<1,000 KVA)
Household refrigerators and freezers (<40 cubic feet)
Telephone, modem
Wires and cables (<1,000V)
Non-industrial vacuum cleaners, pumps, water sprayers,
Electric stove, electric heater
Water dispenser
Evaporative cooler (<1.5 KW)
electric fan
Refrigeration compressors (<60,000 BTU)
Tea coffee machine, hot drink machine
Incandescent lamp, fluorescent lamp, discharge lamp, lampshade, lamp holder, etc.
Manual switch, circuit breaker (<30A)
Light bulb, tube, discharge lamp source
Discharge tube
Plug, socket, adapter
Road lighting
Underwater lighting
Battery pack and patch cables
Water pump (<12 KW)
Color, black and white TV
Universal transformer
Independent radio
Water heater (<200 liters)
Electric meter
cordless phone
Pressure cooker

Group III-Automotive
New passenger cars, trucks, coaches and utility vehicles
Used passenger cars, trucks, coaches and utility vehicles
car windscreen
Car brake fluid
New tires for passenger cars, trucks, buses and utility vehicles

Group 4-Chemical Products
Motor oil, transmission oil, hydraulic oil, turbine oil and transformer oil
Perfume and cosmetics
Household pesticides

Group 5: Other
Aluminum and aluminum alloy structural products
Steel, iron and alloy pipes
Gold, silver, gemstones, etc.
Head dress for men-cotton shimaghs
Fire extinguisher (<24 KG)
Safety matches
Low-pressure domestic gas cylinder pressure regulator
Facial tissue

Application process

Step 1: Review of the information:
1. RFC application form;
2. Manufacturer / factory system certificate;
3. Effective product test report;
4. Final invoice or pro forma invoice;
5. Packing list;
6. Power of attorney (if required);

Step 2: On-site inspection, the main approved items are as follows:
1. Visually inspect the surface quality of the goods;
2. Quantity (number of products, number of outsourcing boxes);
3. Packaging (product packaging itself, product outsourcing);
4. Identification (brand name of the product itself);
5. Steamed bread (outer box steamed bread information);
6. Voltage (Saudi Arabia 220V or 380V);
7. Frequency (Saudi frequency 60Hz);
8. Power
9. Place of origin (manufacturer or importer, MadeInChina);

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