Any company looking to supply the lucrative Saudi market must be aware that it is entirely responsible for making sure that its products meet the designated SASO standards for its industry. The burden of proof in respect of your company’s compliance falls on your chosen Certified Body, which is responsible for testing your product against all applicable standards and issuing your Certification of Conformance (CoC) -- your product’s passport into Saudi Arabia.
When preparing your goods for the Saudi market, important factors include:
Regardless of your market, creating a product in line with your market’s specifications starts at the design level. You must know which standards apply before even a single component is produced.
A great way to approach compliance proactively is by hiring a Quality Assurance Service that is both knowledgeable of all national and international standards, and capable of assisting you with compliance all the way from product idea to a completed design.
AI QA Services include:
Once your merchandise is in production, your company must apply to a Certified Body or Accredited Lab, authorized by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), to test your product against all applicable SASO standards.
The certification process may vary depending on the product type, but will generally include the following stages:
After your consignment--or specified production batch--has been approved by your Certification Body, they will issue you a CoC in your product’s country of origin. Each consignment requires its own CoC.
As mentioned before, it is your company’s responsibility to make sure your supply chain follows all SASO regulations to the letter. Once you have your proof in the form of a CoC, you should feel at ease about your product making its destination market.
However, at the port of entry, Saudi customs authorities still have the right to pull a sample from your consignment and inspect it against your CoC claims. Here is where your trust in the right Certification Body is critical. Any discrepancy between your product and its CoC can result in fines, longer bonding terms, a return of your product or its ultimate destruction.
With a commitment to testing accuracy and consistency, AI has maintained its status as an authorized CoC distributor, as well as a number of other highly respected independent accreditation bodies like HOKLAS and the International Federation of Inspection Agencies.
AI offers innovative, easy-to-access reporting to make your testing process as beneficial as possible to your company’s operation and reputation. The time between production and the market is too valuable to waste.
For your SASO certification, AI’s comprehensive service will guide you through the initial booking process and deliver highly skilled inspectors to your factory within 48 hours.
Contact us for more information about what you need to enter the thriving Saudi Arabian market.
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