SASO's Board of Directors Obligates Ceramic Producers to Obtain Saudi Quality Mark
SASO's Board of Directors has agreed to upgrade the conformity assessment procedure to the fifth level of ceramic products covered by the Technical Regulation of Building Materials No. (E-161-17-07-03). For ceramic producers, it is mandatory to obtain the quality mark before being allowed to trade in the markets. This came during the meeting of the Board of Directors No. (167), chaired by HE Dr. Saad bin Othman Al Kasabi, SASO's Governor, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Al Kasabi said that this step comes within the framework of SASO's efforts to improve the quality and safety of products traded in the Kingdom's markets. In addition, he pointed out that the Board has adopted (108) Saudi standards' drafts in various sectors. The Board also reviewed the fourth quarterly report of SASO's performance for the year 2018, and the most important achievements and ratios of performance indicators.
He explained that the Board has agreed to postpone the application of the second and third phase for the products under the Technical Regulation of Biodegradable Plastics (No. E-156-16-03-03) to September 1st, 2019, except the products of woven plastic bags such as feed bags. They also agreed to modify the registration costs of the types of electric motors at SASO, and extend the validity of type registration certificates to (3) years.
Furthermore, Al Kasabi pointed out that SASO's Board of Directors was keen to support and enable SASO to perform its duties and mission aimed at improving the quality and safety levels in the Saudi market, supporting and empowering the national economy and enhancing its competitive position.
It is noteworthy that SASO's Board of Directors is chaired by His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Investment. The membership includes representatives of a number of governmental bodies such as Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Health, Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), Saudi Customs, and three representatives of the private sector.