SALEEM, the new Saudi Product Safety Program
*IMPORTANT UPDATE* – The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has recently announced changes to the Conformity Assessment rules for exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Starting from January 2018 SASO will gradually introduce a new Saudi Product Safety Program known as SALEEM. As well as a new global online certification system called SABER to facilitate it.
The SABER system will go live from the 1st February 2018 with a trial period allowing use of the system on a voluntary basis. Should the trial be successful, the new system will become mandatory as of the 1st July 2018.
At this point in time it is suggested there will be a two-part process, Product Registration and Shipment CoC.
It is intended that SABER will become the central online repository of all mandatory SALEEM data, which includes technical data / test reports verifying the safety aspect of the items being shipped as well as Shipping documents such as sales invoices, Bill of Lading and Country of Origin Certificates.
Whilst current SASO Certificates (CoCs) will continue to be accepted until further notice, SASO has advised that manufacturers, exporters, importers and freight forwarders should start the process of registering their products within the SABER system on a voluntary basis.
SALEEM may sound like a headache, but it needn’t be.
Applying for SASO Certificates (CoCs) via XDS Solutions will ensure transition to the new SABER system is seamless, as an expert team will handle everything from Product Registration to Shipment CoC. Assuring compliance, avoiding additional workload and maintaining individual company’s existing Certificate of Conformity systems and processes. Allowing firms to focus on international growth and safeguarding the chain.
The new SALEEM authorisation programme aims to ensure that goods and products imported into Saudi Arabia are of an excellent quality and meet the highest level of safety standards to control the high consumption of power or water, environmental pollution, malfunction, poor performance, and may promote non-appropriate cultural content.
Commenting, Chantelle Rowe, Director at XDS Solutions said:
“There remains much uncertainty about the specifics of the new Saudi Product Safety Program, mainly due to the sheer complexity of SALEEM and the SABER online system. Not to mention the inconsistent and differing information given out by various agencies.
Rest assured, for all XDS Solutions worldwide customers, it’s business as usual. We will continue to manage every step of the SASO process, so manufacturers, exporters, importers and freight forwarders need not worry about these or any other unexpected changes”.
For more information and to keep up to date with the continuous development of the SALEEM program, SABER system and new Technical Regulations for goods and products shipped to Saudi Arabia contact one of our expert Account Managers today >>
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