The following terms and phrases, wherever mentioned in this Law, shall have the meanings assigned thereto unless the context requires otherwise:
Organization: Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization.
Board: Board of Directors of the Organization.
Statute: Statute of the Organization.
Minister: Minister of Commerce and Industry.
Chairman: Chairman of the Board.
Governor: Governor of the Organization.
Member: Board member.
The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization shall be a public organization of independent corporate personality, enjoying financial and administrative autonomy, and shall report to the Minister of Commerce and Industry. Its headquarters shall be in the City of Riyadh, and it may establish branches or
offices within the Kingdom as needed.
Within its powers, the Organization shall aim to achieve the following:
1 - Issue Saudi standards, quality management systems (QMS) and guides thereof and conformity procedures which adhere to international standards and guides, satisfy the requirements of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement in this regard, comply with Sharia and serve the interests of the Kingdom;
2. Ensure health, environmental protection and public safety through technical standards and regulations approved by the Organization;
3. Ensure quality of national products through the adoption of suitable Saudi standards that enable national products to compete in domestic and international markets, and work towards protecting Saudi markets against fraudulent and counterfeit commodities.
Without prejudice to powers of other agencies as provided for in the law, particularly tasks related to products and materials under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug General Authority, the Organization shall assume regulatory, executive and control tasks related to standards, metrology and quality, including the setting and adopting of Saudi standards for commodities, products and services, as well as metrological and calibration devices, conformity assessment procedures and granting of certificates thereof, accreditation of laboratories and entities awarding QMS certificates, in addition to specifying sampling techniques, technical testing and inspection methods, and QMSs, as well as specifying technical principles and conditions of execution, classifications, blueprints, terms, definitions and codes, as well as other matters related to standards, metrology, calibration and quality as decided by the Board. To this end the Organization may:
1. Publish approved standards in the manner it deems appropriate. Said standards shall be valid upon publication in the Official Gazette;
2. Issue regulations for conformity assessment procedures of commodities, products and services pursuant to approved standards;
3. Issue and implement regulations of licensing procedures for the quality mark of local and imported products that conform to adopted national standards and grant rights of use thereof;
4. Issue and implement regulations for procedures of granting registration certificates to QMSs, environment and safety systems and other systems adopted by the Board;
5. Grant quality marks for products. However, quality marks for products under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug General Authority shall be granted upon the Organization's approval;
6. Promote awareness with regard to standards, quality, conformity assessment procedures, metrology and calibration;
7. Coordinate efforts pertaining to standards, quality, conformity assessment procedures, metrology and calibration in the Kingdom, as well as efforts relating to mutual recognition with counterparts in other countries;
8. Implement the National System of Metrology and Calibration in the Kingdom;
9. Ensure implementation of adopted Saudi standards and conformity assessment procedures, in coordination with relevant agencies;
10. Grant conformity certificates to local and export-oriented products;
11. Carry out accreditation works, including accreditation of laboratories and entities granting QMS certificates;
12. Establish a database in the work field of the Organization and exchange information with local, regional and international agencies;
13. Conduct research and studies, provide consulting services, and cooperate with companies, organizations, universities, research centers and other similar entities;
14. Review laws and control regulations related to the Organization and propose amendments thereto in line with quality and safety requirements, and refer the same to competent authorities for review and issuance, in accordance with applicable procedures;
15. Act as an inquiry point with regard to WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade;
16. Join regional and international organizations concerned with standards, metrology, calibration and quality, and represent the Kingdom therein.
Implementation of standards shall be mandatory. However, the Board may declare some standards or categories optional. When developing and approving optional Saudi standards, the Organization shall not undermine:
1. safety and public health;
2. consumer protection; or
3. public interest.
1. Subject to Article 4 of this Statute, the Organization shall be the authority in charge of matters relating to standards, conformity assessment procedures, and granting of quality, metrology and calibration marks. All public and private sectors shall comply with Saudi standards in all purchases and activities;
2. No phrase, advertisement or affixed logo indicating conformity to Saudi standards may be written without the Organization's written consent;
3. No metrological units, other than those provided for in Saudi standards and the National Metrology and Calibration System, may be used.
The Organization's National Measurement and Calibration Laboratory is the national authority in charge of verifying the accuracy of metrological and testing instruments used in industrial and service installations in all sectors, and granting of calibration certificates therefor.
The Organization shall have a board presided over by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, comprising the following:
A representative of the Ministry of Defense and Aviation and the General Inspectorate (Presidency of Meteorology And Environment),Member
A representative of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Member
A representative of the Ministry of Interior (General Department of Traffic), Member
A representative of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Member
A representative of the Ministry of Water and Electricity, Member
A representative of the Ministry of Finance (Customs Department), Member
A representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Member
A representative of the Ministry of Health, Member
A representative of the Food and Drug General Authority, Member
Three businessmen nominated by the Chairman upon coordination with the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Their appointment shall be pursuant to a resolution by the Council of Ministers, Members
Representatives of government agencies in the Board shall be of a rank not lower than “Grade Fourteen" or its equivalent.
The Board shall be the authority in charge of managing the Organization and running its affairs. It shall make all decisions necessary to achieve the Organization's objectives in accordance with the provisions of this Statute, and shall in particular:
1. Set the general policy of the Organization, and monitor its implementation;
2. Approve the organizational chart of the Organization for submission, as per applicable procedures;
3. Issue resolutions and implementing regulations relating to the Organization's performance;
4. Approve Saudi standards and means of implementation thereof;
5. Approve regulations relating to services provided by the Organization;
6. Appoint one or more auditors, determine their fees and approve their reports;
7. Approve technical cooperation programs between the Organization and other standardization bodies;
8. Issue administrative by-laws for the Organization and issue financial regulations in agreement with the Ministry of Finance;
9. Review periodic reports on the Organization's performance;
10. Approve the Organization's draft budget, final account, comptroller's report and annual report for submission as per applicable procedures;
11. Issue regulations necessary for the implementation of this Statute;
12. Determine charges for services rendered by the Organization. Proceeds from such services shall be deposited in an independent account and used according to rules set by the Board;
13. Accept gifts, subsidies, grants, aids, bequests and endowments as per applicable procedures;
14. The Board may form standing or ad hoc committees comprising Board members or others, and entrust them with specific tasks. The resolution forming a given committee shall name its head and members and specify its powers. A committee may seek the assistance of any person to carry out the task assigned thereto.
15. The Board may, pursuant to a written resolution, delegate certain powers to the Governor.
The Board shall convene every four months upon a call by the Chairman. It shall also convene upon the request of at least half its members. The call for the meeting shall include the agenda. A Board meeting shall not be deemed valid unless attended by a majority of members including the Chairman. Resolutions shall pass by a majority vote of attending members. In case of a tie, the Chairman of the meeting shall have the casting vote.
2. Board meetings shall be held at the Organization's headquarters and may, if necessary and pursuant to a Board resolution, be held elsewhere in the Kingdom.
3. The Board may, upon the Chairman's consent, allow others to attend Board meetings to provide information and clarifications without having the right to vote.
4. A member may not vote by proxy. A member may state his objection and grounds therefor in the minutes.
5. A member may not disclose any confidential information he was privy to by virtue of Board membership.
The Organization shall have a governor holding the rank “Grade Excellent" appointed pursuant to a nomination by the Chairman. The Governor shall be the executive officer in charge of management of the Organization. His responsibilities shall be within the provisions of this Statute and Board resolutions. He
shall exercise the following powers:
1. Propose plans and programs for the Organization, and oversee their implementation upon the Board's Approval;
2. Oversee the Organization's draft budget and final account as well as annual report, for submission to the Board;
3. Authorize disbursement within budget allocations;
4. Propose draft implementing regulations and resolutions relating to the Organization's performance and present the same to the Board;
5. Oversee the Organization's staff as per the powers vested in him and as specified by the regulations;
6. Pursue implementation of Board resolutions;
7. Submit periodic reports to the Board on the Organization's performance and prepare the annual report on the Organization's activities;
8. Appoint the Organization's staff in accordance with applicable rules;
9. Represent the Organization before judicial authorities, government agencies and others. He may delegate such power to certain officials in the Organization;
10. Approve scholarships granted to staff for study and training within the Kingdom and abroad, in accordance with applicable rules;
11. Approve staff participation in relevant conferences, symposiums, programs, seminars and visits, within the Kingdom and abroad, in accordance with laws and regulations;
12. Approve holding of relevant conferences, symposiums and meetings related to the Organization's fields, in accordance with applicable laws and directives;
13. Other tasks assigned by the Board.
The Governor may delegate certain powers to any official of the Organization, pursuant to a written decision and for a specified period.
The Organization shall have an independent annual budget, which shall be prepared and issued according to procedures for issuance of the State's public budget. The fiscal year of the Organization shall be that of the State.
The Organization's revenues shall consist of the following:
1. Allocations in the State budget;
2. Gifts, subsidies, grants, bequests, endowments and aids accepted by the Organization in accordance with rules set by the Board;
3. Revenues from the sale of publications, pamphlets and newsletters on standards, quality regulations, conformity procedures, metrology and calibration as well as service fees, as per relevant regulations approved by the Board.
4. Revenues from its movable and immovable property.
5. Other revenues approved by the Board.
Without prejudice to the power of the General Auditing Bureau to audit the Organization's accounts, the Board shall appoint one or more auditors of natural or corporate personality who meet auditor requirements, and determine their remuneration. In case of multiple auditors, they shall be jointly and
severely liable. The auditor's report shall be submitted to the Board and a copy thereof shall be furnished to the General Auditing Bureau.
The Organization shall submit its final account to the Council of Ministers within a maximum period of three months from the date of the end of the fiscal year. It shall also submit an annual report on its activities to the Prime Minister within ninety days from the end of the fiscal year. The General Auditing Bureau shall be provided with a copy of the Organization's final account.
This Statute shall supersede the Law of the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization, issued pursuant to Royal Decree No. M/10, dated 3/3/1392 AH, and shall become effective from the date of publication in the Official Gazette.