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What are the SASO Technical Regulations for Building Materials? A Helpful Guide

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Saudi Arabia has taken huge steps on a global scale to set a foothold as one of the leading industrial powerhouses in the logistics sector and the supply chain hub, in line with its large-scale vision to diversify the economy and steer away from oil dependency.  Additionally, the NEOM port will be fully operational by the beginning of 2025. Furthermore, this will also accelerate growth and streamline the import gateway to Saudi Arabia. 

Moreover, as Saudi Arabia is currently constructing its future project ‘The Line,’ the nation is anticipated to import a substantial amount of construction materials to its land. It is estimated that Saudi Arabia has $1.1 Trillion in valuation projects in their pipeline. But all of these construction materials and products imported to Saudi Arabia need to meet the Technical Regulations for Building Materials defined by SASO. So let’s take a closer look at the Technical Regulations that fall under the scope of the VERGER group and see what are the products that are defined in them. 

Following are the Technical Regulations under the scope of the VERGER group:

Technical Regulation for Building Materials – Part 1: The Sectors of Metals and their Alloys for Buildings and Constructions

In construction, this section of technical regulations delineates specifications for various metals and alloys like steel, aluminum, and others. It might cover things like mechanical characteristics, corrosion resistance, and material composition. Detailed information for this is provided on the official SABER Website on the Part 1 TER for Building Materials.

Technical Regulation for Building Materials – Part 2: Insulation and Cladding Materials

Part 2 will likely center on cladding materials, serving as an external protective layer, and insulation materials used to regulate temperature and sound in buildings. This might cover specifications for things like acoustic performance, fire resistance, and other pertinent qualities. Detailed information for this is provided on the official SABER Website Part 2 TER for Building Materials

Technical Regulation for Building Materials – Part 3: Hydraulic Bonding and Related Products

This section presumably discusses hydraulic bonding substances like cement, concrete, mortar, and grout. It may outline requirements for these materials’ strength, setting time, workability, durability, and other characteristics. Detailed information for this is provided on the official SABER Website Part 3 TER for Building Materials.

Technical Regulation for Building Materials – Part 4: Bricks, Tiles, Ceramics, Sanitaryware, and Related Products

Part 4 probably covers a wide range of materials, such as ceramics, sanitary ware, bricks, and tiles. It could specify requirements for sanitaryware’s dimensions, strength, water absorption, surface finish, and hygienic qualities. Detailed information for this is provided on the official SABER Website Part 4 TER for Building Materials.

Technical Regulation for Building Materials – Part 5: Tubes and Pipes used in water, electricity, and Gas networks

This section of technical regulations probably discusses the requirements for the tubes and pipes used in the various utility networks, such as the gas, water, and electricity ones. It could encompass specifications for the materials’ type, dimensional tolerances, pressure ratings, and other relevant details ensuring their safe and effective utilization. Detailed information for this is provided on the official SABER Website Part 5 TER for Building Materials.

Products under the SASO technical regulations need both Product and Shipment Certificates of Conformity (PCOC and SCOC).

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Why is the SASO/SABER Certificate Required?

The SASO/SABER certificate is a vital requirement due to Saudi Arabia’s regulatory standards. It serves as a guarantee for quality, compliance, and safety, thus simplifying import processes and safeguarding consumer interests. Importers experience improved clarity, faster clearance, and minimized delays. Simultaneously, manufacturers showcase their commitment to meeting specifications, resulting in smoother market entry. To put it simply, having a SASO/SABER Certificate is essential for your product to smoothly pass through customs upon arrival in Saudi Arabia. 

What are the Documents Required to Process a SABER Certificate?

The SABER platform serves as a facilitative tool. It simplifies the process of obtaining two crucial certificates: the Product Certificate of Conformity and the Certificate of Shipment Conformity. Moreover, these certificates hold significance for both imported and domestically produced consumer goods entering the Saudi market. Referred to as the Saber Certification in Saudi Arabia, this system guarantees adherence to safety and regulatory standards. The central objective is to ensure the integrity of businesses by mitigating fraudulent activities. As a result, fostering consumer confidence in the safety and quality of the products they purchase.

The documents required to process the SASO Certificate are as follows:

  • Product Certificate of Conformity or self-declaration (in case of non-regulated products)
  • Commercial invoice, packing list, bill of lading, or airway bill.

The PCOC is valid for one year and the SCOC is valid for one-time only. 

Furthermore, it’s noteworthy that a Conformity body like VERGER issues the Product Conformity Certificate after assessing whether your product aligns with the regulatory, quality, and safety guidelines set by SASO.

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How Can Verger Help?

VERGER Group holds the authority as a SASO notified body to grant SASO Certification for Products and Shipments destined for Saudi Arabia.

SASO Certificate of Conformity is a must for importing consignments to Arabia to ensure its authenticity and quality standards set by Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization (SASO). Consequently, exporters must deliver a product and a shipment certificate once the consignment reaches Saudi Arabia.

VERGER Group specializes in handling conformity assessment programs and SABER certifications globally. Let us guide you through the process, and We commit to a seamless experience in offering you the SASO Certification for your product. Feel free to reach out to us and we’d be happy to help!

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