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Saudi Arabia, Implementation of SALEEM-SABER Program for Imported Products

Mandatory changes for registration, certification and shipment of products to Saudi Arabia.

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September 19, 2019

As of Jan. 1, 2019, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) developed a new conformity assessment scheme called the Saudi Product Safety Program (SALEEM). SASO also implemented an online product registration and certification platform called SABER. This new online system, SABER, was implemented as a way of streamlining product registration, conformity assessment and product shipment. SABER has replaced the old system for issuing SASO Certificate of Conformity (CoC) for Saudi Arabia, which makes it mandatory for importers in Saudi Arabia to register their products using this online system. The list of regulated products that are mandatory to be certified through SABER as of now are covered under the following regulations:

Technical Regulation name

Date of enforcement in SABER

Technical Regulation for Gas Appliances and Their Accessories

January 1, 2019

​​Gulf Technical Regulations for Children's Toys

 April 1, 2019

Gulf Technical Regulations for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment and Appliances

 April 1, 2019

Technical Regulations for Lubricating Oils

 April 1, 2019

Technical Regulations for Building Materials - Part 1: Metal and Alloy Parts for Building Materials

 June 15, 2019

Technical Regulations for Building Materials - Part 2: Insulation Materials and Building Materials

 June 15, 2019

Technical Regulations for Building Materials - Part 3: Hydraulic Links and Related Products

 June 15, 2019

Technical Regulations for Building Materials - Part 4: Bricks, Tiles, Ceramics, Sanitaryware and Related Products

 June 15, 2019

Technical Regulation for Electrical Lifts Used in Buildings and Installations

 June 15, 2019

Technical Regulation for Degradable Plastic Products

 August 1, 2019

Technical Regulations for Truck Barriers

 August 1, 2019

Technical Regulations for Batteries and Electric Cells

 August 1, 2019

Technical Regulations for Paints and Varnishes

 August 1, 2019

Technical Regulation of Electrical Self-Balancing Boards (Scooter)

August 1, 2019


Now, importers in Saudi Arabia can easily establish their own account in the online platform SABER. Through SABER, the importer will be able to register all of their products models and brands, and then submit an application to get the regulated products (mentioned in the above list) certified. The process has two steps:

  1. Product Certification of Conformity (Type Approval Certificate)

This is a certificate that is issued through the SABER system for each regulated product depending on the applicable standard per the Technical Regulation. The validity of the certificate is one year. By choosing UL as your SASO Conformity Assessment Body in the SABER system, UL will perform the conformity assessment for the product once it is registered in SABER and the product which is found to be compliant will be certified.

  1. Shipment Certificate of Conformity

The Shipment Certificate of Conformity is issued for each shipment sent to Saudi Arabia. This certificate will be issued based on the Product Certification of Conformity mentioned above.

How UL can help streamline the SABER process

UL can perform the necessary technical reviews and  then approve your applications on the SABER portal when choosing UL as a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB). We already have four CABs accredited on the SABER system that have multiple Technical Regulations in scope. We also have Arabic speaking staff who are experts in SASO’s processes, online systems and requirements. In addition, UL can also provide testing for products that need to be evaluated to applicable International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards required for registering the product in the SABER system for the Product Certificate of Conformity.  

Learn more about SABER.

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