SASO stands for Saudi Arabian Standards Organization.
Saudi Arabian Standards Organization is the coopeartion partner in maintaining the safety and public health protecting the consumer and environment and enhancing the competitive of national products through the application of the best international practices in different standardization fields in accordance with the Islamic law.
The International Conformity Certification Programme (ICCP) was implemented by MoCI of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure the compliance of imported products, with applicable Saudi Arabian technical regulations, (i.e. mandatory requirements).
At its heart, the Programme has a number of key objectives:
- Protection of public health
- Consumer safety
- National security
- Protection of religious and public morals
- Protection of deceptive practices
The ICCP provides the Saudi consumer with assurances that all products subject to Certification are free from the relevant hazards and risks. It is also a form of insurance, helping importers and exporters to secure swift and streamlined clearance of consignments of products, which are subjected to certification by Saudi Customs. The ICCP can also eliminate the losses to importers which would result from having to re-export products found not to comply with the Saudi mandatory requirements. This ICCP is implemented through the Programme’s internationally recognised conformity assessment and verification procedures conducted at the various countries of export. The Programme is designed and streamlined to be fully consistent with the rules, regulations and legitimate instruments incorporated in the relevant agreements of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
How to comply with the ICCP requirements?
An Exporter may choose one of three routes. Whichever route is chosen, upon compliance, the Exporter will be issued with a Certificate of Conformity(CoC). This document ensures clearance of the shipment through Saudii Customs.
Route 1: For unregistered/unlicensed products
Each shipment for export requires Pre-supply inspection and Pre-supply testing to certain standards. Upon successful completion, the Exporter is issued with a CoC which will ensure clearance through Customs. This route is typically used by infrequent exporters.
Route 2: For Registered products
Consignment Inspection is performed on all shipments but product testing is only performed on shipments chosen at random intervals. To take advantage of this route, an Exporter must first Register their products. This route is typically used by regular exporters.
Route 3: For Licensed products
Pre-supply inspection and Pre-supply testing are performed on shipments at random intervals. To take advantage of this route an Exporter must be able to:
a) demonstrate compliance of the products with applicable Saudi or International standards typically through the use of Test Reports
b) prove that the manufacturer operates an approved Quality Assurance system e.g. ISO9000