SASO Regulatory Update – March 2021

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The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) Issues a Circular Regarding the Technical Regulation for Water Rationalization Tools

On February 2, 2021, SASO released a cicular regarding the Water Rationalization Tools Technical Regulation (TR). This notice is a reminder that Certification Bodies are allowed to issue product certificates of conformity (PCoCs) to the previous version of the technical regulation up to February 14, 2021.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Commerce Issues Recalls for a Number of Consumer Goods

Magic Seasons Candle 6PK LED Tea Lights


On February 17, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Magic Seasons Candle 6PK LED Tea Lights due to a risk of suffocation or internal burns for children. Consumers are advised to stop using the product and dispose of or return the product for a full refund of the purchase amount.


Magic Seasons Candle 6PK LED Tea Lights


On February 17, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Magic Seasons Candle 6PK LED Tea Lights due to a risk of suffocation or internal burns for children. Consumers are advised to stop using the product and dispose of or return the product for a full refund of the purchase amount.


Timer LED Flamelss Candles


On February 17, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Timer LED Flamelss Candles due to a risk of suffocation or internal burns for children. Consumers are advised to stop using the product and dispose of or return the product for a full refund of the purchase amount.


For more information on these recalls please visit recalls.sa

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Commerce Issues Recalls for a Number of Household Appliances

Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P120XA


On February 24, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P120XA due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the washing machine and recover the purchase amount in cash.


Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P100XA


On February 24, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P100XA due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the washing machine and recover the purchase amount in cash.


Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-H100XA


On February 24, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-H100XA due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the washing machine and recover the purchase amount in cash.


Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P180XWV


On February 24, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P180XWV due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the washing machine and recover the purchase amount in cash.


Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P200XWV


On February 18, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P200XWV due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the washing machine and recover the purchase amount in cash.


Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P140XA


On February 18, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P140XA due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the washing machine and recover the purchase amount in cash.


Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P90P


On February 18, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P90P due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the washing machine and recover the purchase amount in cash.


Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-H75XB


On February 18, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-H75XB due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the washing machine and recover the purchase amount in cash.


Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-H130XA


On February 18, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-H130XA due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the washing machine and recover the purchase amount in cash.


Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P240XWV


On February 18, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P240XWV due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the washing machine and recover the purchase amount in cash.


Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P130XA


On February 18, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Hitachi Washing Machine Model #SF-P130XA due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the washing machine and recover the purchase amount in cash.


General Tech Air Conditioner Model #GT12CH


On February 14, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the General Tech Air Conditioner Model #GT12CH due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the air conditioner and recover the purchase amount in cash.


Hyundai Air Conditioner Model #HMACS120CGRH


On February 14, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the Hyundai Air Conditioner Model #HMACS120CGRH due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the air conditioner and recover the purchase amount in cash.


AKAI Air Conditioner Model #AMACS120CGRH


On February 11, 2021, the KSA Ministry of Commerce issued a recall for the AKAI Air Conditioner Model #AMACS120CGRH due to non-compliance with the Saudi Standard for Energy Efficiency. Consumers are encouraged to check that the product serial number is included on the website. Contact the company to arrange an appointment for a technician to remove the air conditioner and recover the purchase amount in cash.


For more information on these recalls please visit recalls.sa

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) Announces Improvements to the SABER Platform

SASO announced the following improvements to the SABER platform:

  • Registration can now be done in three (3) steps.
  • The Energy Efficiency Label System has been integrated with the IECEE certificate on the SABER platform. This will allow the system to extract the trademark and licensed models from the energy efficiency labeling system when registering for the IECEE certificate. IECEE certificates that were issued before the integration will receive an alert message to add models to the IECEE certificate before including them in the certificate of shipment conformity.
  • Added new payment methods in addition to the previous payment method (SADDAD) such as VISA, MasterCard, Mada and Apple Pay.

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) Restricts the Certification for Tanks for the Transport of Petroleum Products

On February 17, 2021, SASO announced that certification bodies (CBs) are restricted from issuing product certificates of conformity (PCOCs) for tanks used for the transport of petroleum products. SASO is the only entity that can issue COCs for these products. This change impacts the following technical regulations:

  • Technical Regulation for Tanks - Part 1: Tanks for the Transport of Petroleum Products
  • Technical Regulation for Front & Rear and Side Barriers for Trucks and Trailers
  • Technical Regulation for Trailers and Semi-Trailers

Questions regarding this process can be sent to Eng. Faris Mannaa at f.mannaa@saso.gov.sa

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) Announces Transition Plan for SASO IEC 62368-1 - Audio Video Information and Communication Technology Equipment - Part 1: Safety Requirements

SASO announced that it will allow the use of SASO GSO IEC-60950-1:2012, SASO IEC-60065:2020 and SASO IEC-62368-1:2017 until June 30, 2021. Beginning July 1, 2021 SASO will only accept SASO IEC-62368-1:2020. Any SASO IECEE certificate issued between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 will be valid for one (1) year.

QIMA Issues Reminder That the COVID Extension Granted for Test Reports Supporting EER Requests Has Ended

Previously, SASO announced that it would extend the validity period of energy efficiency (EER) test reports for certain related products to five (5) years. Beginning in January 2021, products affected by this exemption will need to revert to the original test report validity period.

Test Report Validity for all EER Products

Products Test report date
Small AC, SASO 2663:2018 ≥ 6 months
Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, Freezers, SASO 2892:2018 ≥ 6 months
Washing Machines, SASO 2885:2018 ≥ 6 months
Clothes Dryers, SASO 2883:2017 ≥ 6 months
Water Heaters, SASO 2884:2017 ≥ 6 months
Lighting Product 1, SASO 2870:2018 ≥ 3 years
Lighting Product 2, SASO 2902:2018 ≥ 3 years
Lighting Product 3, SASO 2927:2019 ≥ 5 years
Electric Motors, SASO 2893:2018 ≥ 2 years
Large Scale Air Conditioners, SASO 2874:2016 ≥ 5 years
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