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    January 10, 2022

    RoHS regulation in Saudi Arabia postponed six months

    In December, the Saudi Standards and Metrology Organization (SASO) decided to postpone the implementation of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulation for a period of six months. 

    Initially, all relevant Saudi manufacturers and importers of electric and electronic equipment (EEEs) should have complied with the new regulation from 5 January 2022, onward. The reason for the six months postponement is to allow time to complete the appropriate actions necessary to comply with the requirements of the new regulation.

    As part of the postponement, SASO has also decided to implement the regulation in phases as specified below:

    Product category

    Implementation date

    Household appliances:

    • Small household appliances
    • Large household appliances

     

    4 July 2022
    2 October 2022

    Telecom and IT appliances

    31 December 2022

    Luminaires equipment

    31 March 2023

    Electric and electronic tools and equipment

    29 June 2023

    Toys, entertainment and sports equipment

    27 September 2023

    Monitoring and control equipment

    26 December 2023

    The decision of introducing the regulation came after several products on the market were discovered to contain dangerous substances that represent a serious danger to both the safety of the consumer and the environment.

    The technical regulation was first published on 9 July 2021, by the Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization (SASO), in an effort to bring the country closer alignment with the European Union’s Directive on restricted hazardous substances in EEEs. The restriction requires that all relevant products undergo testing to ensure it does not exceed the chemical restriction levels of six substances, namely lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).

    Read more: Saudi Arabia Announces Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances Requirements in 2022

    Lars Hjerpseth

    Lars Hjerpseth is responsible for development for new country routes in the Nemko Direct programme,which offers clients worldwide market access for their products, within both the electrical-and telecom/radio product areas. The Nemko Direct team has delivered thousands of certificates since 1995. Lars has worked for...

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