Written By: Federico Picco, Saudi Regulatory Program Expert
The SABER system, the new certification platform for Saudi Market access, is constantly being updated by Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO). Starting April 1, 2019, the GCC Technical Regulation for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment and Appliances was introduced on the SABER platform. This made the registration and approval of product included in the List (2) of the regulation, i.e., which require G-Mark certificate, on SABER a mandatory step to get Saudi market access.
The list of product categories included in the GCC Technical Regulation for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment and Appliances has now been expanded.
The new list includes, among others: fans, range hoods, freezing boxes, freezing cabinets, freezing display counters, potable water coolers, ice cream-making machines, beverage cooling machines, dry cleaning machines, rotating engines, lining engines, coffee makers, humidifiers and air humidifiers and kitchen machines.
While these newly added product categories do not need a valid G-Mark to be registered and certified on SABER, they still require evaluation and approval by a SABER Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) to be successfully registered and exported in Saudi Arabia.
How UL can help
UL already has four CABs accredited on the SABER system that have in their scope the GCC Technical Regulation for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment and Appliances: Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
UL also has Arabic speaking staff who are experts in SASO’s processes, online systems and requirements.