Firstly, the work style when developing and approving optional Saudi standards:
- The initial project of a standard is developed in a way that it aligned in style and output with the methodology of generating Saudi standards which is derived mainly from the international methodology which implemented by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) (IEC Guid 21-1 : 2005)/ISO) and used in the adoption of international standards.
- Announcing this project in all possible means (SASO’s website, national newspapers, requesting opinions from governmental entities, chambers of commerce and industry, companies, and related manufactories… etc.).
- SASO gives related entities a period of time (60) days to study standards’ projects and give their observations and opinions.
- SASO takes into consideration, as much as possible, these observations during the period of receiving observations. Moreover, the received observations will be answered if the concerned body requested. After entering observations, the project will be distributed again for a month with the ability of addressing entities who have expressed their observations on the project about SASO’s opinion of these observations. In addition, SASO will invite specialists in those bodies, if possible, to discuss and clarify the justifications.
- Approval from SASO board of directors for presenting the standard to the committees which arising from SASO board of directors for a discussion. If it is approved, it should be presented to SASO board of directors to take the approval.
- Publishing the optional Saudi standards in the official newspaper (Umm Al-Qura)
- SASO informs governmental entities and chambers of commerce and industry about the Saudi standards that have been approved.
Secondly, mandatory Saudi standards (Saudi technical regulations):
- While preparing and approving mandatory Saudi standards issued by SASO, you should pay attention to the following:
- Related international standards are used, if available, as a base while developing mandatory Saudi standards. Standards or any of its parts should not be used if they are not efficient or inappropriate because of their violation of Islamic law, climatic or geographical factors, or basic technical issues.
- As SASO is the official notification body in Saudi Arabia about Saudi technical regulations and standards, it notifies World Trade Organization (WTO) of Saudi technical regulation project and gives a period of time (60) days to receive any opinions from member states of the organization.
- After approving technical regulation project by SASO board of directors, it will be published in the official newspaper (Umm Al-Qura) and the determined date on which it should be mandatory.
- In case there are any inquiries (about any Saudi technical regulation, Saudi standard, or conformity assessment procedures) from any member state in WTO, SASO will respond to all these inquiries as it is the official inquiry center in Saudi Arabia to technical barriers to trade agreement (TBT).
Finally, steps of developing Saudi standards and technical regulations by technical teams:
- They are the same steps as what are previously mentioned except that the initial project is prepared by technical teams and arising work teams in both Arabic and English. Then the project is announced (as mentioned above). After that, the project is presented to the executive committee arising from SASO’s board of directors. If it is approved, it will be submitted to board of directors for their approval.