The Saudi Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is applied by the Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization (SASO) to all exported products to Saudi Arabia as a mandatory requirement so that products are allowed to be cleared at customs ports and distributed in the markets for sale.
The new System of Certificate of conformity
As a part of SASO’s efforts to facilitate the conformity assessment and certification activities, it developed the new electronic platform (Saber) to be a portal for applying for the certificate of conformity and assigning the third bodies approved by SASO to carry out the conformity assessment and issue the CoC.
For more accessibility, to the procedures, SASO linked both of Saber and FASAH platforms electronically to create a cycle for conformity assessment, certification, and clearance procedures.
With this new system, all importers are obliged to create accounts for their companies on Saber electronic platform with their Saudi commercial registration to have access to all services provided via Saber.
The new system also allows carrying out the conformity assessment and certificate issuance in the country of origin as SASO-approved bodies provide their services worldwide to issue the Certificate of conformity for imported products the Saudi market from these three continents.
Why the Certificate of Conformity is mandatorily required?
The Saudi kingdom leadership is keen to raise the level of the safety and quality of consumer products and control the products that might lead to any harm to consumers or the environment.
SASO is responsible for all the activities of products conformity in the kingdoms in legislative, executive, and observative terms. SASO sets the technical regulations and standards that define the requirements for each product and sets a program to evaluate the conformity of the imported product before entering the country.
SASO to achieve the objective of raising the safety and quality level of products launched the safety the Saudi Product Safety Program (SALEEM) followed by transferring to Saber electronic platform and the new Certificate of Conformity (CoC) and obligated all importers to obtain the CoC for their products to prove their conformity to the standards and compliance with the technical regulations.
One of the objectives of the Certificate of Conformity obligation is to avoid clearance delay and rejection. Through the CoC program, all products are tested, assessed, and obtained the certificate in the country of origin.
How to apply for the Certificate of Conformity
The importers wishing to obtain the Certificate of Conformity must register on Saber to create accounts for their Companies, Register the product, define the HS Code for this product to determine the regulatory requirements that differ from one product to another.
The importer must select one of SASO approved bodies to proceed with the application, review the required documents, carry out the conformity assessment, and issue the Certificate of Conformity when the product is found to conform to the standards.
Certificate of Conformity Stages
The Certificate of Conformity is a two-stage program
The first stage: Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC)
The second stage: Shipment Certificate of conformity (SCoC)
The Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC) is issued for each model through the conformity body approved by SASO for the regulated products, and valid for one year.
The Shipment Certificate of conformity (SCoC) is issued for each shipment, after issuing the Product Certificate of Conformity for regulated products and, after issuing the Self Declaration for the non-regulated products. It is valid for a specific shipment and expires when this shipment is cleared at the port.