By Eslam Abdelaal, Saudi Regulatory Program Expert
As a part of the product safety program in Saudi Arabia (SALEEM), Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has announced the final implementation stage of the e-platform SABER.
SASO announced that starting from Jan. 15, 2020 all the regulated and nonregulated products shall be registered through SABER platform. At the same time, all the conformity assessment bodies shall only issue the shipment certificates via the SABER platform.
In the same context, SASO informed starting from Feb. 15, 2020 that all the shipments accompanied by a certificate not issued by SABER will not be cleared. Therefore, all certificates for customs clearance must be processed through the SABER platform only.
SABER is a platform that allows the investors and local manufacturers to electronically issue the required Certificate of Conformity and Certificate of Shipment Conformity for consumer goods, whether the goods 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.
The SABER platform lunched in 2018 as part of the product safety program SALEEM to demonstrate the safety of products and thereby to protect the consumers from exposure to noncompliant products. SALEEM and SABER are now taking part in the national transformation program 2020 and Saudi Arabia Vision 2030.