Saudi Arabia Sets Mandatory Registration of Textile Products on SABER Platform
The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) issued the Technical Regulation for Textile Products (M.A.-164-18-05-02) that will become mandatory on SABER platform in December 2019. This technical regulation establishes the basic requirements for textile products and the conformity assessment procedures that suppliers must comply with to sell the product in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The technical regulation is applicable to all textile products:
Products containing at least 80% of textile fibres by weight. (This includes textile components of curtains, furniture, carpets, clothing, technical fabrics, and textiles)
Furniture, umbrella and sunshade coverings containing at least 80% of textile components by weight.
Textile components of:
- The upper layer of the multi-layered floor covering
- Mattress covers
- Coverings for camping equipment and goods, provided that the components constitute at least 80% of such upper layers or coverings by weight
- Textiles incorporated in other products and forming an integral part thereof, including footwear, bags, and head covers
SABER platform is an electronic certification system that allows manufacturers or distributor to receive Certificate of Conformity or Shipment Сertificate of Conformity for consumer goods. SABER certification protects the business as well as consumers and helps to reduce the required time for product clearance by the Saudi Customs Authority.
Please, note that once certification for certain product categories becomes mandatory on SABER platform paper certificates of conformity can no longer be issued for these products.
Starting from December 2019, all textile products that are going to be placed on the KSA market must comply with this technical regulation. The compliance must be confirmed through the SABER platform.
The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.
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