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SAUDI ARABIA ROHS

The Saudi RoHS Requirements in a Nutshell

Following United Arab Emirates RoHS, SASO (Saudi Arabian Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization) has published its RoHS regulation.

Saudi Arabia RoHS

As of September 7th, 2021, the draft was incorporated fully into Saudi law as the “Technical Regulation for Restriction of hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment”. The Saudi RoHS regulation therefore official legislation.

Manufacturers targeted by this law are granted a transition period of 1 year between July 2021 and July 2022 to ensure compliance with products already sold in Saudi Arabia. Electrical and electronic equipment newly placed on the market must comply as of January 5th, 2022.

Restricted Substances

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia targets the same first six substances of EU RoHS :

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)

The general concentration threshold limits of these substances are also the same: 0.1 %, at the homogeneous material level, barring cadmium, at 0.01 %. 

Heavy metals Minerals

However, some materials benefit from exemptions, such as lead in high melting temperature type solders (lead-based alloys containing 85 % by weight or more lead).

The Scope of Saudi Arabia RoHS

The scope is narrower than the EU one. For example, unlike Europe, Saudi Arabia RoHS does not regulate medical devices. Weapons & military equipment, and large-scale stationary industrial tools, are out of scope, which is also the case with EU RoHS.

Saudi Arabia RoHS covers the six following product categories:

1) Large and small household appliances.

2) Information and communication technology equipment

3) Lighting equipment

4) Electrical and electronic tools and equipment

5) Games, entertainment equipment and devices, and sports equipment.

6) Monitoring and control tools.

Saudi RoHS Scope

And this, for products produced inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or imported from other markets.

How to Comply with Saudi RoHS?

Use Saudi Recognized Standards

Standard specifications that are recognized by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia include:

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  • IEC 63000: Technical documentation for the assessment of electrical and electronic products with respect to the restriction of hazardous substances;
  • SASO IEC 62321: Electrotechnical products – Determination of levels of six regulated substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers);
  • IEC 62474: Material declaration for products of and for the electrotechnical industry
  • SASO IEC TR 62476: Guidance for evaluation of product with respect to substance-use restrictions in electrical and electronic products.

Conformity Assessment Procedures

Saudi Arabia RoHS Declaration of Conformity

The regulation annexes detail the expected RoHS technical documents and procedure. In particular, the conformity assessment form (Type 1a), according to IEC / ISO 17067 – Conformity assessment — Fundamentals of product certification and guidelines for product certification schemes, requires:

 

  • General description of the product
  • Design drawings
  • A list of Saudi standard specifications or any other appropriate technical specifications approved by the Authority (above-mentioned)
  • Test reports
  • All supporting evidence of compliance
  • Assessment from a recognized notified body from SASO, issuing a Certificate of Compliance.

Building a Technical File

For each product, its technical file will require the following:

1. Supplier Declaration of Conformity

If the product is deemed RoHS compliant, the supplier will draft a Declaration of Conformity (DoC). Such DoC must meet the blank form in Annex 4 of the Saudi RoHS regulation. The manufacturer must keep a copy of the Type Approval Certificate and archive the technical documentation for ten years.

2. Risk Assessment Document

3. All necessary documents associated with product use and safety, i.e., warnings, cautions, and manuals.

Saudi Arabia RoHS scope

Should you have any questions, comments or needs, don’t hesitate to contact Enviropass.