- September 28, 2023
- By: Verger Group
- in: News
Staying ahead of the curve is quintessential in the fast-paced world of the automotive industry. In fact, ensuring that the products satisfy the highest standards of quality and safety is the top priority of exporters to Saudi Arabia. At the same time, car spare parts manufacturers and distributors need to keep a close eye on the constantly changing laws. A significant market, Saudi Arabia, maintains strict SASO technical regulations for vehicle parts set by the SASO (Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization). This blog delves into the always-changing world of SASO laws, offering insights, updates, and advice to help you wade through the complexities of compliance and certification in this crucial industry.
According to the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), the Technical Regulation for Auto Spare Parts requires all spare parts, whether imported or locally manufactured, to undergo a conformity process and testing. The regulation distinguishes between two types of conformity processes: (a) the certification of conformity; and, (b) the declaration of conformity
For more information on the Technical Regulations for Auto Spare Parts, you can visit the SASO website – SABER
Compliance with SASO technical regulations yields you the SASO/SABER certificate for Saudi Arabia. For products, these laws dictate rigid standards for performance, safety, and quality. Evidence of a product’s compliance with standards is what the certificate provides, reassuring consumers of its reliability and safety. Benchmark provision guarantees imports’ conformity with Saudi Arabia’s standards, thus facilitating trade. Being able to access the Saudi Arabian market gives producers and suppliers a boost in competitiveness and economic growth. Accreditation through SASO/SABER protects consumer interests, promotes trade, and guarantees product quality and safety in Saudi Arabia.
The SABER platform serves as a one-stop shop for obtaining two vital certificates: the Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC) and the Shipment Certificate of Conformity (SCoC). Needless to say, these certificates are of significant importance for domestically produced goods and also the imported goods entering via customs. Referred to as the SABER certificate in Saudi Arabia, this system ensures strict adherence to safety and quality standards. In essence, its primary objective is to enhance business integrity by reducing fraudulent activities, ultimately building consumer trust in the quality and safety of their purchases.
To process the SASO Certificate, the necessary documents include:
- Product Certificate of Conformity or a self-declaration (for non-regulated products).
- Commercial invoices, packing lists, and either a bill of lading or an airway bill.
Note: The product Certificate of Conformity (PCOC) is valid for one year and the Shipment Certificate of Conformity (SCOC) is valid for single use.
- You will need to submit samples of your auto spare parts to a SASO-approved testing laboratory. We, at VERGER, also do the testing of your product.
- The sample testing typically takes around 4-5 days to complete. During this time, the laboratory will evaluate the samples to ensure they meet the relevant SASO technical regulations and standards.
- If the auto spare parts that will be exported are genuine, then you don’t need to have a factory audit done.
- However, if the factory audit is conducted. It is done to assess the manufacturing processes and quality control measures in place at your facility.
Once ready, you should gather all the necessary documents for your SASO certificate application. These documents include:
- Sample Test Report: A test report from the testing laboratory is needed that mentions whether your products meet the SASO technical regulations
- Factory Audit Report (if applicable): A detailed report mentioning the findings of the factory audit, including any corrective actions taken.
Submit your application for a SASO certificate. After that, to provide the required documentation, you will need information concerning the business, as well as specific product details and test and audit reports.
Once they process the application and find out that the sample testing and factory audit reports are satisfactory, SASO will issue you the certificate for your auto spare parts.
The requirements and procedures may change based on the auto spare parts category and SASO standards currently in effect. Correct execution of the accreditation processes hinges on counsel with an approved delegate close by—consider doing this to evade errors.
Imagine you’re an exporter looking to navigate the intricate world of Saudi Arabian regulations and standards. That’s where VERGER Group comes into play, offering a helping hand that can make all the difference.
VERGER Group boasts the prestigious status of being a SASO notified body, authorized to grant SASO Certification for both Products and Shipments destined for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This certification is your golden ticket to importing your consignments into Saudi Arabia, ensuring that they meet the stringent quality and authenticity standards set by the Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization (SASO).
What’s the promise? A seamless and hassle-free journey towards obtaining that coveted SASO Certification for your product. So, if you’re in need of expert assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at VERGER Group.
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