Update on Saudi Online Conformity Assessment System 'SABER'


01 March 2019

RiyadhThe Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO) recently announced further developments applicable to the SABER online conformity assessment system. 

Engineer Saud Al-Askar, deputy of SASO, announced online that as of 1 January 2019, the SABER system is mandatory for all gas appliances and their accessories. In addition, gas appliances must also obtain the Saudi Quality Mark and comply with the related technical regulation. 

Moreover, SASO announced that as of 1 April 2019, use of the SABER System will be mandatory for the following products:

  • Children toys, as regulated by Technical Regulation BD-131704-01
  • Low Voltage Electrical Equipment, as regulated by Technical Regulation BD-142004-01, and
  • Lubricating oils, as regulated by Technical Regulation M.A. 01-03-16-155

SASO also noted that an average of 3-4 additional product types will be added to the list of products subject to the mandatory application of SABER every 2 months or so in order to:

  • Reduce the pressure on the system
  • Allow for feedback from the system users, and
  • Avoid technical mistakes

Further, SASO noted its intention to make SABER the only system of clearing goods imported into Saudi Arabia in the future. A possible collaboration with customs authorities in order to link SABER with FASAH was also suggested. FASAH is the Saudi trade portal which was developed in order to build a gateway for the secure and rapid electronic data exchange between cross border trade partner. A collaboration with SABER and FASAH would, according to SASO, help reduce the costs and times involved by allowing products to obtain conformity certificates online via SABER in their country of the origin, by linking to the FASAH system without the need for testing and release by the Saudi customs authorities. 

The following was also clarified: 

  • Products affixed with the Saudi Quality Mark may be registered free of charge in SABER 
  • SABER Is focused on products intended for end-consumers only
  • SABER is designed only for products that may pose a risk to consumers. Low - risk products are exempt from registration
  • Further legislation will be developed and updated in due course

The SABER system was proposed in 2018 by SASO as a new online conformity assessment system for imported products. The system was established to facilitate the new Saudi Product Safety Program known as SALEEM whereby the SABER system will become the central online repository of all mandatory SALEEM data. 

The service is directed to all suppliers, manufacturers and importers and aims to:

  • reduce the sale of false products on the Saudi market
  • enhance consumer protection
  • ensure that the products comply with the appropriate standards
  • accelerate the release of products onto the Saudi market
  • allow certificates of conformity to be obtained online, and 
  • connecting suppliers and importers with legal representatives of approved compliance bodies
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Written by Talal Hamchou

Talal Hamchou is a Regulatory Compliance Specialist with Compliance & Risks, specializing in regulatory developments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. He keeps clients up to date on areas including REACH, RoHS, WEEE, energy labeling, energy efficiency, packaging, product safety, EMC, climate change, environmental health and safety, occupational health and safety and Brexit. Talal has a Masters in Law (State and Public Law) from the Free University of Brussels. Talal speaks Arabic, Dutch and English.