Saudi Arabia: Update of regulations CoC & G marking

Both the regulations regarding the Certificate of Conformity (CoC) and the labeling of Electrical and Electronic Appliances and Other Consumer Products for Saudi Arabia have been updated.

Update: Certificate of Conformity (CoC)

This is a document certifying that the imported goods conform to Saudi, regional and/or international norms and standards. This is required for the customs clearance of the majority of imported commodities. It should always be issued by an inspection company, which must have been duly accredited by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO). The CoC is to be issued in both Arabic or English. The document is issued as a result of a successful inspection subsequent to the Verification of Conformity procedure in the country of export. The CoC is valid for a single importation only. Documentation needs to be enclosed for high-risk goods, if applicable: proof of fulfilment of the Pre-Shipment Inspection requirements

The following products are classified as high-risk items:

  • sockets, plugs and adaptors
  • electrical cables and extension cords
  • mobile chargers
  • hair dryers
  • the following spare parts for motor vehicles:
  • brake pads
  • brake discs
  • oil and air filters
  • suspension systems
  • drive shafts
  • windscreens, windows and other glass products used in the automotive industry
  • electrical instantaneous or storage water heaters and immersion heaters
  • domestic electric heating apparatuses
  • new pneumatic tires used on motor vehicles, including station wagons and racing cars
  • Children’s toys. 

Update: Labeling of Electrical and Electronic Appliances and Other Consumer Products

The labeling of Electronic Appliances and other Consumer Products was also updated. As of 1 July 2016, electrical and electronic appliances intended for the consumer must be marked with the conformity mark (also referred to as G mark) by virtue of the Gulf Technical Regulation for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment and Appliances.The responsible authority is the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) and the goods are must be accompanied by a corresponding conformity declaration.

The mandatory G mark applies to the following products: 

  • air conditioners
  • centrifugal clothes' dryers and washing machines, including machines which both wash and dry
  • domestic electric heating apparatus
  • domestic electrical fans
  • electric instantaneous or storage water heaters and immersion heaters
  • electric smoothing irons
  • electro-thermic hair dressing apparatus and hand dryers
  • food grinders and mixers, fruit or vegetable juice extractors
  • microwave ovens and other ovens, e.g. cookers, cooking plates, boiling rings, grillers and roasters
  • plugs, socket outlets, adaptors, cord extensions sets and chargers
  • refrigerators, freezers and other refrigerating or freezing equipment
  • toasters

Children's toys must also bear the conformity mark. Toys not intended for children under the age of 36 months must bear either a graphical symbol for age warning or an appropriate text warning containing one of the following wordings: "Not Suitable for Children Under the Age of 36 Months" or "Unsuitable for Children Under 3 Years Old".

Type-approved radio and telecommunications equipment must be labeled with the type approval mark issued by the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC); for registered products, this labeling is facultative.

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