SASO Participates in Meetings of Higher Advisory Committee for Arab Standardization Bodies
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by SASO, participated in the 50th meeting of the Higher Advisory Committee for Standardization (for the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization "AIDMO") and the eighth meeting of the Permanent Technical Advisory Committee held in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco during 27-28 / 2/2018.
The delegation was led by Eng. Abdullah bin Awadh Al-Qahtani, Deputy Governor of SASO for Standards and Laboratories. A number of SASO's officials has accompanied him. The meeting discussed several important topics such as following up the implementation of the recommendations of the 49th meeting of the Higher Advisory Committee for Standardization; preparing, adopting and updating unified Arabic standards; and presenting visual presentations by international and regional organizations related to standardization including the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The meeting included signing a cooperation agreement between AIDMO and GCC Standards Organization. The report of the eighth meeting of the Permanent Technical Advisory Committee, which is responsible for following up the implementation of the Arab strategy for Standardization and Quality (ASSQ) was reviewed. Moreover, the Arab system for the Halal sector was discussed. In addition, a logo to celebrate the Arab Standardization Day 2018 was chosen and discussions on coordinating the Arab position in regional and international forums and meetings took place.
The meetings concluded with a set of recommendations and decisions, including the adoption of amendments to the rules of procedure of the Supreme Advisory Committee for Standardization, the adoption of business governance amendment to the Higher Advisory Committee for Standardization, the technical committee secretariats (energy conservation, new and renewable energy, nanotechnology, safety of food products, water footprint and carbon footprint) to follow up on the draft standards contained in its work plan for 2018, in accordance with the procedures contained in the Technical Work Manual of the Standards and Metrology Center. In addition, meetings concluded with emphasis on the recommendation of Arab Standardization and Consumer Protection Forum to invite various media organizations in the Arab countries in order to prepare awareness and educational programs to raise awareness of the importance of standardization for the Arab consumer coinciding Arab Standards Day.