This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry.
By Khaled Masri, Program Manager, NEMA, and Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA
In 2015, with the support of specific NEMA member companies and related stakeholders, NEMA organized and launched the Saudi Arabia Market Access Consortium as a matter of necessity for specific companies and service providers who face challenges as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia implements several important transitions in its market for electrical products.
The consortium has three main goals:
- Inclusion of North American (ANSI/NEMA) performance and safety standards, as acceptable within the framework of the Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization (SASO)
- Facilitation of the import, use and/or manufacture of members’ products manufactured to ANSI/NEMA standards in KSA
- Increased confidence on the part of KSA officials that their national standards and quality system effectively identifies and quarantines counterfeit and low-quality electrical products, while recognizing and valuing the quality of NEMA members’ products
The consortium has adopted a three-pronged strategy to implement the work plan, which consists of technical, outreach, and policy and trade components.
In February, a consortium delegation, led by NEMA’s Khaled Masri, visited Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for meetings and to deliver a workshop for SASO and other stakeholders on standards for products used in explosive atmospheres. About 50 people attended the two-day event. NEMA also delivered a presentation on the U.S. electrical safety system to a separate workshop of the Ministry of Water and Electricity.