Energy Efficiency Program Updates for Saudi Arabia (SASO)

Preparing for easier market access in the Middle East

Gabriella Mazzola – Global Market Access Engineering Leader, Convenor of Working Group 3 of GSO Notified Bodies Cooperation Group for Low Voltage Regulation

The Middle East market is often appealing for manufacturers around the world, but navigating the regulatory landscape and cultural differences in day-to-day business can be intimidating. UL, as a GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) notified body, helps global manufacturers navigate the market with ease. As part of our effort to ensure our customers remain informed, we continuously monitor and participate in the global regulatory environment.

Most recently, The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) published new Energy Efficiency (EE) standards for Saudi Arabia related to refrigerating appliances, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters, and has updated the standard for household air conditioners. These new standards will introduce new Energy Efficiency Classes under a new letter-based system, Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS), and labeling requirements.

Based on the enforcement dates listed below, products submitted for compliance to the Saudi Energy Efficiency program should be evaluated to the new standards specified in the below table. Similarly, the annual retest of products to renew the Energy Efficiency Registration and Label should be conducted using the new standard.

Category Current Standard New Standard New Standard Enforcement Date Main changes
Air Conditioners SASO 2663/2014 SASO 2663/2018 16th August, 2018
  • Scope: capacity decreased from 70,000 Btu/h (20 kW) to 65,000 Btu/h (19 kW)
Refrigerating Appliances SASO 2664/2013 SASO 2892/2018 16th August, 2018
  • Scope: no modifications
  • New product categories
  • New energy consumption calculation method
  • New testing method (IEC 62552)
Washing Machines SASO 2692/2013 SASO 2885/2018 16th August, 2018
  • Scope: capacity increased from 12 kg to 25 kg
  • Added water consumption requirement
Clothes Dryers N/A SASO 2883/2017 5th July, 2018
  • Scope: clothes dryers with capacities up to 25 kg (condenser and air vented)
Water Heaters N/A SASO 2884/2017 5th July, 2018
  • Scope: electric storage water heaters, instantaneous electric water heaters, heat pump water heaters, solar water heaters, storage tanks (up to 2,000 liters) and fuel gas water heaters (up to 300 liters)


1st July, 2018 – New EE labels will be required to issue a SASO Certificate of Conformity. Manufacturers intending to ship products into Saudi Arabia must have them tested by a testing laboratory registered with SASO. The report and required documentation must then be submitted to register these products for the new EE Label.

1st October, 2018 – Saudi customs will stop accepting products bearing the old EE label.

1st September, 2019 – Products bearing the old EE label shall be removed from market.

Stay Informed with UL

UL continues to monitor the Saudi Energy Efficiency standards as test methods move toward finalization. In addition to providing testing and certification for appliances in accredited laboratories registered with SASO, we keep our customers aware of changes by becoming one trusted source of compliance information and support the registration process for obtaining the new EE Labels. UL is also a SASO Notified Body, allowing us to verify compliance, deliver the CoC, and streamline customs clearance.
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