Market Approval for Saudi Arabia

Market access in Saudi Arabia - certification by cetecom advanced

The market approval in Saudi Arabia is issued by the Communications, Space & Technology Commission (CST) – formerly Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC). The CST certification is the basis for the market approval of products with radio technologies in Saudi Arabia.

CST certification

A separate national certification regime with its own specifications on the scope of testing does not exist. The scope of testing for CST certification is based on the requirements defined by the Radio Equipment Directive (RED). Accordingly, the tests do not have to be carried out in local laboratories in Saudi Arabia. The relevant tests can be carried out in test laboratories such as cetecom advanced, which are also accredited for regulatory testing required by the Radio Equipment Directive.

A CST certification is valid for two years in total. After expiry of the accreditation, a complete recertification is considered necessary.


Basic information on the
market approval for
Saudi Arabia

Country Saudi Arabia
Continent Asia
Approval Scheme CST
Based on RED
Duration of approval 2 years
Approval label required? No, but CE mark possible
Local representative required? No
Local testing required? No
ISO2 Code SA
Time zone GMT +3
Official language Arabic
Area code +966
Currency Saudi Riyal

Responsible authorities in Saudi Arabia

Responsible for the market approval of devices with radio technologies in Saudi Arabia:

Communications, Space & Technology Commission (CST)

Alnakheel Quarter – At the corner of Prince Turki Bin Abdulaziz Road
and Imam Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Mohammed Road​.

Riyadh 11588

SASO and CST to standardize charging ports
for mobile phones and electronic devices


Map of Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) and the Communications, Space & Technology Commission (CST) of Saudi Arabia announced on August 7, 2023 the mandatory stages of standardizing charging ports for mobile phones and electronic devices in Saudi Arabia. Beginning 2025, charging ports will be standardized to USB Type-C, which will reduce e-waste and improve the user experience.

There will be two stages that make up this draft decision:

  • Phase 1 will begin on January 1, 2025, and will include mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, e-readers, portable video game devices, headphones, earphones, amplifiers, tablets, computer mouse, portable navigation systems, portable speakers, and wireless routers.
  • Phase 2 will begin on April 1, 2026, and will include laptop computers.