Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has published on July 9th 2021 a regulation that restricts the levels of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and their spare parts.
This technical regulation limits the use of six hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment starting from January 5th 2022. It requires all concerned products to fulfill the technical requirements set in this regulation and pass the conformity assessment. It also requires the manufacturers to have an effective quality control system.
Suppliers must ensure that the levels of chemical substances in all concerned products do not exceed the following limits:
- Lead –1%
- Mercury –1%
- Cadmium –01%
- Hexavalent chromium –1%
- Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) –1%
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) –1%
This regulation applies to all electrical and electronic equipment and their spare parts included in the following categories:
- Household appliances
- Information and communication technology equipment
- Lighting equipment
- Electrical and electronic tools and equipment
- Toys, leisure and sports equipment
- Monitoring and control equipment
With the exception of the following categories:
- Medical equipment
- Weapons and military equipment
- Aerospace equipment
- Large-scale stationary industrial tools
- Large-scale fixed installations
All suppliers must comply to the requirements by January 5th 2022. However, they can still sell the products that are already on the market until July 9th 2022.