Saudi Arabia expanding the scopes of mandatory certifications

One of the assessment programs for products marketed and sold in Saudi Arabia, is SASO’s mandatory IECEE Recognition Certificate program for electrical consumer products considered to be of high risk.

Further to the expansion from 1 July this year (as informed about in the May-issue of this newsletter), the scope of this program will from 1 November also include the following types of products:

  • Desktop computers (PCs).
  • Mobile phone charging cables,
  • Electric shavers,
  • Circuit breakers.

Furthermore, SASO has now launched an equivalent recognition program for explosion protected electrical equipment, which is based on the use of international IECEx certificates for their national approval needs for such high-risk equipment. This program so far covers the following types of products and will be mandatory from 1 November this year:

  • Junction box with cable glands (Ref. standard IEC 60079).
  • Control box with cable glands (Ref. standard IEC 61241-0).
  • Fixed lighting equipment (Ref. standard IEC 61241-1).
  • Electrical plugs and other connecting devices (Ref. standard IEC 61241-1-1)
  • Electric pumps (Ref. standard IEC 61241-4 and IEC 61241-11)
  • Gas detectors and detection systems (Ref. standard IEC 61242-18)

 For more information or assistance with achieving necessary certifications for Saudi Arabia (and/or other countries in the Arabic Gulf region), please contact or .

* This article is written by Trond Sollie


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