Restrictions Of Hazardous Substances In Electronic Equipment

Forced to postpone from January 5, 2022 to July 4, 2022, the Technical Regulation for the Restriction fo Hazardous Substance in Electrical and Electronic Equipment will be implemented. This new technical regulation was part of the SALEEM program (Saudi Product Safety Program), the Saudi Arabian Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SAS0) effort to define the critical substances in imported goods that are dangerous.

According to Article 2, the following categories of technology and their spare parts will be affected when imported to Saudi Arabia:

  • Small Home Appliances
  • Large Home Appliances
  • Information and communication technology equipment
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Electrical and Electronic Tools and Equipment
  • Games, Entertainment Devices, and Sport Equipment
  • Monitoring and Control Tools
  • Categories that are exempt from the substance bans:

  • Materials listed in Annex (1-a)
  • Medical Equipment
  • Military Weapons and Equipment
  • Equipment to Be Sent to Space
  • Large-Scale Stationary Industrial Tools
  • Large-Scale Fixed Installations
  • There is a .1% weight limit on homogeneous materials of electrical equipment according to Annex (1-b). This includes Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent chromium (Cr V16), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated biphenyls ethers (PBDE). The exception is Cadmium (Cd0) which weight limit is .01%.

    The are 2 conformity assessment procedures for type Approval:

  • Procedure A): Metrological verification of the limit values on the end device from production in an accredited test laboratory in accordance with the IEC 62321 standards series.
  • Procedure B): By means of a risk assessment (DIN EN IEC 63000 (VDE 0042-12):2019-05) of the conformity of the technical design or the representative end product of the series, the critical components are determined. At least on 3 of the materials filtered in this way, a test of the prohibited substances is conducted in an accredited test laboratory in accordance with the IEC 62321 standards series.
  • Lastly, The manufacturer issues a corresponding declaration of conformity. In both procedures, the manufacture must initiate a request for a type approval at a ‘Notified Body’ of their own choosing. The duration of the type approvals is limited to 1 year in both cases.

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