The English version of this document is for guidance only.
The Arabic version is the governing text.
The following terms whenever used in the Regulations shall have the meaning opposite to them:
• The Competent Ministry : Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry and Electricity or the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
• The Competent Minister : Minister of Interior, Minister of Commerce, Minister of Health, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Industry and Electricity or Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
• The Authority : The Saudi Arabian Authority for Specifications and Measures.
• The Commodities : The Commercial commodities produced locally or imported whether in the form of materials, products, equipments, tools or others.
• Sample : Samples taken from a consignment or commodities on scientific basis in accordance with the approved standard specifications.
• Test : Any analysis, standard or test to determine the constituents, qualities, aptitude, efficiency or conformity.
• Laboratory : Any place prepared to test any commodity, or checking an equipment.
• The Law : The Law of Private Laboratories.
• A Certificate of Approval : A Certificate of Approval issued by the Saudi Arabian Authority for specifications and measures in accordance with the requirements of the Laboratories Approval Regulations and the Saudi Standard Specification ISO 17025.
• The Approved Standard Specification : The Saudi Standard Specification or the Khaleej Standard Specification and in case there is no Saudi or Khaleej Standard Specification any other Standard Specification approved by the Board of Directors of the Authority may be applied.
The Initial License
The following authorities shall be competent to issue licenses for Private Laboratories:
The competent Minister shall by a resolution determine the competent department to issue the licenses
The applications of Initial Licenses for Laboratories shall be submitted to the competent department specified in a resolution of the competent Minister. The application shall include the following :
The competent department shall study the application and decide on it within thirty days from the date of submission and in case it is accepted the applicant shall be issued with an initial license authorizing him to complete the requirements of obtaining the final license and in case the application is rejected the reasons for rejection shall be stated and the applicant is entitled to complain from the resolution before the Competent Minister within the period determined by regulations.
The holder of an initial license shall be given a period of not more than six months to complete the following :
The initial license shall be cancelled in case the requirements stated in Article Five are not completed within six months.
The Competent Minister or the person authorized by him shall issue the license to the laboratory to carry out the activity after completing the following:
The period of validity of the license is five years.
Procedures of License Renewal
The Competent Authority shall renew the license at the request of the applicant for renewal who shall attach with it a recommendation from the authority before three months at least from the date of expiration of its period provided that the renewal is from the date of expiration of the period of the previous License.
The license shall be cancelled in accordance with a resolution by the Competent Minister if either the commercial registration or the Approval Certificate is cancelled.
Assistance by Private Laboratories for
the Purpose of Customs Clearance
The Competent Minister shall issue, in case of need, the necessary resolution for seeking the assistance of private laboratories qualified and licensed to test imported commodities for the purpose of Customs Clearance in accordance with the requirements of the Resolution of the Council of Ministers No. 50 dated 17/3/1410 H. and No. 84 dated 1/4/1421 H. as follows:
• The Minister of Interior shall issue the necessary Resolution in relation to the following commodities:
• The Minister of Agriculture and Waters shall issue the necessary Resolution in relation to the following commodities:
• The Minister of Industry and Electricity shall issue the necessary resolution in relation to chemicals (other than dangerous explosives and chemicals that need a license from the Ministry of Health) imported by National Factories.
• The Minister of Commerce shall issue the necessary resolution in relation to all other imported commodities which were not mentioned in the previous paragraphs of this Article.
The Competent Ministry shall issue a resolution to determine the commodities which are to be tested by the private laboratory before sixty days from entrusting the assignment to the private laboratory and after advertising them in the Official Gazette provided that the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Finance and National Economy (Customs Department) are informed of that.
The owner of the commodities shall not dispose of them except after the final result of the test is announced and he is informed by the competent authority.
from the Private Laboratories
for the purpose of testing commodities
produced locally and imported
The Competent Minister shall issue, in case of need, the necessary resolution to seek assistance from private laboratories which are approved and licensed for the purpose of testing commodities produced or manufactured locally or imported commodities that are displayed in the markets or stored in warehouses or in factories in accordance with the control authorities entrusted to his Ministry.
Obligations and Duties of the Laboratory
The Private Licensed Laboratory undertakes as follows :
The Private License Laboratory may - after the consent of the Competent Ministry is obtained - seek the assistance of other private licensed laboratories to make some tests when some of the tests are outside the scope of its specialization without prejudice to their joint responsibility.
Taking of Samples
The imported sample shall be taken to be tested for the purpose Customs Clearance by technicians from the Ministries of Interior, Agriculture, Commerce or Industry or their authorized representatives each in his specialty as provided in paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d) of Article Eleven.
The sample from the commodities offered in the markets, stored in warehouses or from factories shall be taken for the purpose of testing by technical Inspectors from the Competent Ministry each in his specialty.
The sample shall be taken on scientific basis in accordance with the approved standard specifications.
The technicians of the Competent Ministry shall deliver the sample of the imported consignment after it is made ready to the office representing the Laboratory within twenty four hours from the time of taking it, attaching with it the approved form for referring the sample to testing after filling all information and mentioning the required tests.
Article Twenty One
The office representing the laboratory undertakes to transmit the sample of the imported consignment to the laboratory by proper scientific methods according to its type within twenty four hours from receiving it.
Article Twenty Two
The technical inspector of the competent authorities shall deliver the sample taken from the markets, factories or warehouses to the laboratory or the representative office of the laboratory directly attaching with it the approved form of referral of the sample to testing after filling all information and mentioning the required tests.
Article Twenty Three
The technicians of the Competent Ministry undertake to distribute the samples equally and in a regular and organized manner among the laboratories in case there is more than one laboratory for a certain commodity in accordance with clear and specified schedules which may easily be referred to, taking into consideration - that the laboratories specialized in more than one field represent an independent laboratory in each field.
Article Twenty Four
The Laboratory undertake to deliver the results of the test with the remainder of the sample or evidence proving that it was used up during the test to the place from which it was received within fifteen days from the date of receipt provided that, that place informs the Competent Ministry and the owner of the commodity of the results of the test within a period of not more than twenty five days from the date of taking the sample.
Article Twenty Five
The owner of the sample required to be tested shall pay all the financial cost involved in advance.
Article Twenty Six
The owner of the sample that failed to pass the test may object to the result before the Competent Ministry within ten days from the date on which he was informed of the result.
Classification of Laboratories
Article Twenty Seven
The laboratories shall be classified into Ten Main Sectors which are:
First: Foods and Agricultural Materials Laboratories.
Second: Pharmaceuticals and Biological Preparations Laboratories.
Third: Herbs and Medical Plants, Sanitary Preparations and Cosmetic Laboratories.
Fourth: Chemical and Petroleum Substances Laboratories.
Fifth: Electrical and Electronic Products Laboratories.
Sixth: Mechanical and Mineral Products, Laboratories.
Seventh: Construction and Building Materials Laboratories.
Eighth: General Materials such as Plastic, Rubber, wood and Paper Products Laboratories.
Ninth: Textile and Spinning Products Laboratories.
Tenth: Measure, Standard and Verification Laboratories.
Download Attachment No.1 showing lists of the commodities relating to each sector. (Adobe Acrobat required)
Supervision of Laboratories
Article Twenty Eight
Checking and investigation of violations of the law and its Implementing Regulations shall be entrusted to the employees of the Competent Ministry whether jointly or severally and shall be appointed in accordance with a resolution of the Competent Minister.
Article Twenty Nine
Any of the employees referred to in the previous Article may, in order to discharge their duties, may exercise the following acts:
The investigation officers shall observe confidentiality and good conduct and shall submit to the person concerned a proof of their identity and their official capacity and the purpose of the visit.
Article Thirty One
The investigation officers shall conduct the investigation procedures by summoning the violator and those required for investigation and face them with the violation and the evidence available against him and give him the opportunity if he requested to submit his comments in writing and raise his defenses and examine the defense provided that the violator sign each reply and the investigation officer as soon as the investigation is completed shall prepare a statement of the facts of the case and the file shall be referred to the competent department to institute the penal suite provided that the said department shall inform the Authority of the result of the investigation.
Article Thirty Two
The investigation officers may seek the assistance of the Security authorities in case the owner of the laboratory or one of the employees refuses to enable the competent officers from performing their duties.
Article Thirty Three
The competent department determined by the Competent Minister shall institute the penal suite and follow-up its proceedings and represent the public right before the Board of Grievance and may in this respect appoint a general prosecutor to initiate the suits and represent the public right therein.
Article Thirty Four
The provisions of the law shall apply to all private laboratories prepared for the purpose of testing commodities provided that the private laboratories existing before the coming into force of the provisions of this law shall be given a period of two years from the date of its effectiveness to modify their positions to obtain the required license.
Article Thirty Five
A Licensee to operate a laboratory shall not assign the license or terminate the activity finally unless the consent of the Competent Ministry is obtained.
Article Thirty Six
The Competent Ministry shall provide the Ministry of Commerce with copies of the licenses and any amendment thereof.
Article Thirty Seven
The Competent Minister shall constitute the Competent Committee referred to in paragraph "b" of Article Seven to study the maximum cost of the tests provided by the applicant of the license and issue the necessary recommendation.
Article Thirty Eight
This Implementing Regulation shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall come into force from the date of publication.
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