Saudi Arabia Promotes Fair Trade with Mandatory ‘Metrological Verification’

Saudi Arabia promotes fair trade in establishment activity by verifying conformity with specifications and regulations

Gas stations, commercial stores, food and catering centers; and gold retailers in Saudi Arabia are now required to submit their metrological verification requests through the e-platform “Taqyees” to avoid violations; according to the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO).

The move comes with a transformation plan that looks to elevate services and field inspections; carried out by SASO agencies and ensure fair trade, revealed information obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat.

SASO informed the Saudi Investment and Commerce Ministry of the importance of implementing metrological checks on all relevant commercial institutions.

Pre-approved models

Metrological verification includes a field examination of measuring devices to ensure that they fit pre-approved models; and that they work correctly and accurately according to regulations.

SASO, represented by the National Metrology Program (Taqyees), also announced starting the process of qualifying the private sector to carry out metrological verification work; activating the role of legal calibration and control of measuring devices in the Kingdom.

SASO called on private sector companies and institutions. This is also to cooperate in metrological checks on fuel pumps and non-automatic scales; apply controls for qualification verification and maintenance bodies, and issue a type approval certificate.

Entities wishing to obtain a qualification to conduct verification operations can also access SASO’s website. This is to view the technical regulations of the legal calibration system.

SASO also stressed its keenness to consolidate the partnership with the private sector; and work hard to provide a fair investment and commercial environment in the Kingdom.

Taqyees, a legal calibration program, is also one of SASO’s initiatives within the National Transformation Program 2020.

The program aims to match legal measurement tools with standard specifications to ensure the validity of sold quantities by conducting technical tests and field verification for several measurement tools such as fuel pumps, water and electricity meters, and commercial scales.