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SASO – Certificate of Conformity

SASO - Certificate of Conformity

What is SASO?

SASO stands for Saudi Arabian Standards Organization.

The Saudi Arabia  Conformity Assessment Program, which covers all goods, has a number of key objectives:

  • Protection of public health
  • Consumer safety
  • National security
  • Protection of religious and public morals
  • Protection of environment
  • Prevention of deceptive practices

Every consignment of imported goods must be accompanied by a Certificate of Conformity from an authorized 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.

All imported consignments must bear a non-removable indication of origin. Those that do not will be held by Saudi Customs and the Importer will be asked to take corrective action or provide an undertaking that the offence will not be repeated. Failure to do so could result in a fine or goods being returned to their country of origin. For full details, read the complete Circular by Saudi Customs on Country of Origin Marking.

Saudi Arabian Standards Organization being the sole standardization body in the Kingdom, was established according to the Royal Decree No.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 No. (61) Dated 28/2/1430 ordered and changed the name of the Organization by adding quality to be (Saudi Standards, Meterology and Quality Organization).

Who can issue SASO certificate?

In order to clear any shipment at Saudi customs, all imports require a Certificate of Conformity (also known as SASO CoC issued by an authorized 3rd party provider certification body in the country of product origin.

What information does a certificate of conformity contain?

Type approval or certificate of conformity is granted to a product that meets a minimum set of regulatory, technical and safety requirements. Generally, type approval is required before a product is allowed to be sold in a particular country, so the requirements for a given product will vary around the world.