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    February 1, 2022

    Saudi Arabia postpones restriction of hazardous substances

    The Saudi Arabian authority SASO (Saudi Standards & Metrology Organization) has decided that implementation of the regulation for Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) which was planned for 5 January this year has been postponed for a period of six months.

    The regulation was published by SASO in July 2021 and concerns the following six chemical substances: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent chromium, Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), and Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).

    Relevant products must be tested/assessed to ensure that any content of the restricted substances do not exceed defined limits. The concerned substances as well as the limits are in line with the European RoHS Directive, (while this Directive has since 2015 also restricted four additional substances).

    Another important difference from the European RoHS Directive is that self-declaration will not be sufficient. The manufacturer or importer must arrange for necessary testing/assessment and certification of the products by a designated Notified Body, such as Nemko.

    The regulation will apply to most electrical and electronic equipment. Exceptions include Medical devices, Military equipment, Large-scale industrial stationary machinery, Large-scale fixed installations and Aerospace equipment.

    The implementation is postponed for allowing time to prepare, and will be made effective in phases as shown below:
           

    Household appliances:
       -Small household appliances
       -Large household appliances


           4 July 2022
           2 October 2022

    Telecom and IT appliances

    31 December 2022

    Lighting 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


    For further information, please contact Lars.Hjerpseth@nemko.com

    (Based on blog by Lars Hjerpsethedited by T.Sollie)

     

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