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Understanding RoHS Requirements for Electronics Entering Saudi Arabia

Electronic products are governed by strict regulations and standards around the world to ensure they are safe for customers to use, and that when they are disposed of, electronic waste presents minimal threat to people and the environment.

One such regulation is RoHS (the Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive) which was originally adopted by the EU in February 2003. The RoHS directive aims to protect human and environmental health by restricting the use of certain dangerous substances in electronic products. [CT1] These substances include heavy metals, flame retardants and plasticizers.

Since the EU adopted RoHS in 2003, many regions have followed suit – the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) included. On July 9, 2021, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) published a new Technical Regulation (TR) for Restricting Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Appliances and Equipment (RoHS).

This regulation outlines the hazardous materials in common electronic equipment and specifies the conformity assessment procedure which must be followed to import these products into Saudi Arabia. This is vital information for anyone importing electronics into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, so let’s deep-dive into the requirements here.

Which products fall under the scope of the RoHS TR?

Broadly speaking, the TR applies to products that generate, transmit and measure electrical currents which are intended for sale in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The following product categories fall under this scope:

The RoHS Technical Regulation applies to products that are manufactured outside the Kingdom and imported, as well as products that are manufactured within the Kingdom.

Which items are excluded from the RoHS TR?

There’s a number of categories that are not covered by the scope of the KSA RoHS Technical Regulation, as they are intended for purposes other than general consumer use. These categories are:

Which hazardous substances are covered by the RoHS TR?

The TR outlines the maximum level of specific hazardous substances which are commonly used in the production of electronic products. There is a maximum permissible percentage specified within the TR for each substance:

When will the Technical Regulation be implemented?

The TR was approved on January 28, 2021, and officially published on July 9, 2021.

Although mandatory implementation was initially set to begin on January 5, 2022, in December 2021 the government elected to delay implementation by 6 months and then roll out a gradual compliance requirement by product category as follows:


Mandatory date for products to be covered by the TR

Small home appliances

July 4, 2022

Large home appliances

October 2, 2022

Information and communication technology equipment

December 31, 2022

Lighting equipment

March 31, 2023

Electrical and electronic tools and equipment

June 29, 2023

Games, entertainment devices and sports equipment

September 27, 2023

Monitoring and control devices

December 26, 2023

What must be done to achieve compliance with the TR?

Firstly, steps must be taken during design and production to ensure that electronic products meet the requirements of the Technical Regulation regarding the use of hazardous chemicals.

For all electronic products in the TR’s scope that are entering the KSA market, suppliers must obtain a Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC) in accordance with ISO/IEC 17067 Type 1a assessment. The PCoC can only be issued by an accredited Conformity Assessment Body (CB) – QIMA is one such body.

To receive a PCoC, suppliers must provide the following documents to the Conformity Assessment Body:

How can QIMA help?

QIMA is a SASO-approved Conformity Assessment Body (CB). As a CB, we can help you navigate the RoHS Technical Regulation for your electronic products and issue Certificates of Conformity for entering the Saudi Arabia market. Contact us to learn more!

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