Conformity Assessment Programme for Exports to Saudi Arabia (SASO)

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requires that all consignments of products to be exported to the country should be accompanied by a Certificate of Conformity (CoC).

The Saudi Arabian Conformity Assessment Programme (CAP) is a strict set of guidelines implemented by The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO).

It provides pre-shipment verification of conformity to standards required by Saudi customs officials and verifies that products being imported into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia conform with applicable safety, quality and technical regulations and standards before shipment.  Standards relating to the Islamic Religion and National culture are also given priority.

The SASO Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is a mandatory document used by Saudi Customs Services for clearance of goods going to Saudi borders and ports.

All exports to Saudi Arabia must comply.  No SASO certificate, no entry.

Which products must comply?

All products must apply for SASO certification (except those currently listed on the exempt list), even if prior import arrangements are in place.

This includes toys, chemical products, electrical products, furniture and mechanical devices

The products exempt from SASO certification (for now) are:

  • Foods and agricultural products
  • Medicines, medical devices and equipment
  • Crude oil
  • Military Goods

Please note, certain products are strictly prohibited from importation into Saudi Arabia.

SASO requirements

  • To comply, each individual consignment of regulated goods must be accompanied by a SASO Certificate of Conformity (CoC).
  • Products deemed to be ‘high risk’ are subject to tighter regulations.
    Only test reports issued by an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory can be accepted to prove the conformity.

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