SASO Updates the Saudi Quality Mark List in Preparation for its Acceptance Globally
Dr. AlKasabi: We have developed a number of programs and plans to raise the quality of our products and services.
Eng. AlAskar: We are studying the process of making the Quality Mark mandatory for some products that pose a risk on consumer safety.
Dr. Saad Bin Othman AlKasabi, Gorvernor of SASO, confirmed that SASO has developed a number of programs and executive plans, and adopted a large number of standard specifications , in order to improve the quality of national products and services and to be able to compete globally.
During his opening speech for the seminar associated with the activities of the World Quality Day held at the headquarter of SASO in Riyadh Thursday, 30th of Muharram 1437 Ah, corresponding to 12th of November 2015, Governor of SASO said that celebrating this day does not mean limiting our practices and activities to one single day, as quality is a continuous life approach, one which our honorable religion has approved and modern principles of management has endorsed. He also stressed on the fact that Quality is a national issue and requirement, and that everyone should take part in achieving it. This is so that we can meet our great Leadership's aspirations and achieve the future vision of Quality in the Kingdom by 2020.
For his behalf, Eng. Saud bin Rashid AlAskar, Deputy Governor of SASO for Quality and Conformity, explained that the list of the Saudi Quality Mark has been updated so that it becomes compatible with the requirements of the International Standard ISO IEC 17065. In order to prepare it to be accepted globally and to get mutual recognition with other quality marks in different countries. Moreover, he clarified that SASO is now studying the process of making the Saudi Quality Mark mandatory for products that pose a high risk on the consumer's safety.
The vice Governor pointed that the main reason behind updating the list is to open the field for accepted conformity agencies to participate in the licensing process using the Saudi Quality mark. This stimulates investment in this technical activity which it is important in the Saudi market, and helps to cover the expected mark demand.
About the financial costs of the Quality Mark ,Eng. Alaskar confirmed that it has been re-set, and that it is now fair, comprehensive and covers the cost of the technical work and effort without bearing unnecessary burdens on facilities or organizations. He also Pointed that the international standard ISO IEC 17065 is a standard concerned with the requirements of the authorities that grant certificates for products, operations or services to ensure neutralism, confidentiality and efficiency in all actions.
Regarding the problem of applying quality at organizations, Eng. Saud bin Abdul Aziz al-Shammari, Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Society for Quality, confirmed that the problem lies in the application method and not in the quality principles, pointing out that implanting the concepts and culture of quality requires a long time before it fruits. The reason behind this is the old habits and practices established for decades in various work systems. Eng. AlShammari stressed on the role of the senior leadership at the facilities in spreading quality and adhering to it. He also Pointed out that taking care of the employees, empowering them and giving them the necessary powers is the cornerstone in the applying quality bases and activating them.
It is noteworthy to mention that on Thursday, 30 Muharram 1437 AH , SASO has organized three different events in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, coinciding with the celebrations of World Quality Day 2015, in cooperation with the Saudi Quality Council and the Saudi Society for Quality. The world celebrates this day as it is a reminder for the initiatives and programs undertaken by all the professionals and those interested in various quality activities, to contribute to the welfare of communities, support economic growth and protect the market from substandard products.