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Abdul Rahman Al-Fadli, Saudi minister of water, environment and agriculture, Khalid Al Falih, Saudi energy minister (centre) and minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammad Benten attend a news conference announcing the kingdom’s National Transformation Plan, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia June 7, 2016. Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

Riyadh- In a step that is expected to enhance the quality of products in the Saudi market, the Trade and Investment Combination represented by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Org. (SASO) has completed 10 technical lists that cover more than 500 products since the launching of Products Safety Program, within the National Transformation Program 2020.

SASO is working on completing a draft for the safety of products within its efforts to ensure that all products are free of defects that might lead to a direct or indirect danger on the consumer. It also makes sure they comply with the Saudi standards.

SASO aims to help products in the Saudi market reach the consumer without any faults through developing a comprehensive work system of standards, regulations and procedures that abide by the agreed upon international professional practices.

The target of the Trade and Investment Combination through this program is to reach a highly efficient system to measure indicators of product safety in the market through mechanisms and procedures that comply with the technical lists, especially the basic technical requirements related to safety, health, protecting the environment, preserving energy, rationalizing it and ensuring the efficiency of services.

The Trade and Investment Combination works through four sections: developing and updating safety-supporting systems, protecting consumer rights, determining the responsible party of the damage in the product and developing Saudi technical lists.

In 2017, SASO issued 10 technical lists that cover up to 500 products and impose around 1,500 standards.

The organization will issue new regulations and mechanisms, in addition to updating current regulations that are related to fair trade in the Saudi market.