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Saudi Arabia, SALEEM – New Certification Scheme

July 16, 2018

By: Federico Picco / UL Saudi Regulatory Program Expert

The new Saudi certification scheme SALEEM will replace the current Saudi Conformity Assessment program (SASO CoC) scheme and will operate via the new SABER system, SASO’s electronic service created to facilitate the process of entering goods and products to the Saudi market.

The SALEEM scheme will be based on two different certification steps: Type Approval Certificate of Conformity (three-year validity) and Shipment Certificate of Conformity (to be issued for each shipment, similar to the current SASO CoC).

Requirements for Type Approval Certificate of Conformity and registration in the SABER System will be different according to the level of risk of the product.

Level of Risk Requirements
Low risk (Free Trade) Self-Declaration and Technical File
Medium Risk Evaluation according to specific product Technical Regulation and existing product certification, when applicable (for example G-Mark Certificate)
High Risk SASO Quality Mark License


All lighting products entering Saudi Arabia will need to have both Type Approval Certificate of Conformity and a Shipment Certificate of Conformity issued by an accredited Conformity Assessment Body via the SABER system

SALEEM is still under development and in a voluntary state.
Mandatory implementation is still to be officially confirmed by SASO, but an announcement is planned for December 1st 2018.

How UL can help

UL is expertly qualified to assist companies in demonstrating their lighting products meet the essential requirements of Saudi legislation and can help customers achieve compliance testing according to the applicable international standards.

In addition, UL Certification Offices in EU, USA and China are SASO authorized Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) in the new SALEEM scheme and are officially accredited in the SABER system to issue Type Approval Certificates of Conformity and Shipment Certificates of Conformity.

In addition to having a presence in Saudi Arabia and a deep understanding of global standards, including SASO’s processes, on-line systems and requirements, UL’s local experts can work with you in Arabic. Often times, speaking and working in the local language can help streamline day to day business, making working within the region even easier while helping you build relationships.