Saudi Arabian Standards Organization being the sole standardization body in the Kingdom, was established according to the Royal Decree Number. M / 10 dated 3/3/1392 H, on 16/4/1972, as a body corporate Organization and an independent budget assigned to deal with all that relates to activities of specifications, standards and quality, which include adopting national standards for all commodities and products, also sampling techniques and methods of inspection and test, etc., as well as establishing the rules for granting certificates of conformity corresponding to the imported goods, quality marks, the systems for issuing them and the right to use. The Organization publishes the necessary awareness on the characterization and standardization. The decision of the Council of Ministers Number (61) Dated 28/2/1430 ordered and changed the name of the Organization by adding quality to be (Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization).
This Guideline shall be applied to all commodities and products which exported to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia excluding the following items:
A) Foods and agricultural products.
B) Medicine and cosmetics.
C) Medical devices and equipments.
D) Crude oil.
Certificate of Conformity for Exports to Saudi Arabia
For all exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a Conformity Assessment Programme has been implemented. All products require a Certificate of Conformity also referred to as a SASO CoC to enable them to be cleared through Saudi Customs.
The Saudi Arabia Conformity Assessment Programme, which covers all goods, has a number of key objectives:
Every consignment of imported goods must be accompanied by aCertificate of Conformityfrom an authorised inspection agency. They are needed to ensure customs clearance of shipments and confirm that the products comply with the relevant Saudi technical regulations and national, regional or international standards.
a) Protection of public health
b) Consumer safety
c) National security
d) Protection of religious and public morals
e) Protection of environment
f) Prevention of deceptive practices