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Workshop on Enforcement of Electrical Codes and Standards. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 27-28 Background, Goals and Themes. Background. Rapidly growing electricity consumption in KSA Proliferation of electrical equipment in commercial and consumer sector

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Workshop on enforcement of electrical codes and standards

Workshop on Enforcement of Electrical Codes and Standards

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

October 27-28

Background, Goals and Themes


Background
Background

  • Rapidly growing electricity consumption in KSA

  • Proliferation of electrical equipment in commercial and consumer sector

  • Pressure to develop codes and standards governing electrical equipment

  • Implementation of national building code


Legal regulatory and institutional environment
Legal, Regulatory and Institutional Environment

  • Capacity of regulatory regime to enforce regulations, codes, mandatory standards

  • Adequate market surveillance

  • Appropriate product liability regime

  • Appropriate penalties for non compliance


Wto obligations
WTO Obligations

  • KSA acceded to WTO in 2005

  • TBT Agreement governs rules for protection of health, safety and environment

  • Required to use international standards as basis of regulations and conformity assessment procedures

  • Growth in number of international standards (ISO, IEC, ITU)


Regional harmonization
Regional Harmonization

  • Harmonization of standards at the regional level through GCC Customs Union

  • Implementation at domestic level by national bodies

  • Adoption of GCC regulations for electrical safety and conformity assessment procedures


June workshop
June Workshop

  • June 2008 workshop on implementation of electrical codes and standards in Saudi Arabia

  • Provided introduction to standardization infrastructure, trade aspects, Saudi institutional framework, international experience

  • Current workshop looks more deeply at status of electrical standards and codes enforcement, analyse the shortfalls and recommend improvements to strengthen the existing system


Some issues from june workshop
Some Issues from June Workshop

  • Who certifies local building inspectors? Are they qualified?

  • Who pays for electrical product testing?

  • How do you avoid multiple tests for the same product in different countries?

  • Should SEC have a role in inspecting wiring and installations?

  • Are there sufficient product liability laws in place in the Kingdom?

  • What will be the effects of the SNBC on the standards and inspection regime

  • Is post market surveillance satisfactory


Current workshop program
Current Workshop Program

  • Session One – Conformity Enforcement

  • Session Two – Electrical Installation Code Enforcement

  • Session Three – Market Surveillance


1 conformity enforcement of electrical standards
(1) Conformity Enforcement of Electrical Standards

  • Focus on 3rd party certification – international best practices, national experience

  • Experience in implementing Conformity Certificate Program

  • Emergence of counterfeiting


Challenges
Challenges

  • Lack of well developed infrastructure for testing of products and appliances

  • Growing importance of domestically manufactured electrical equipment

  • Implementation of GCC conformity assessment system for electrical products

  • Need to implement energy efficiency standards and labelling program developed by SASO


2 electrical installation code enforcement
(2) Electrical Installation Code Enforcement

  • SNBC introduced in 2007

  • Regulations governing safety, machanical, electrical, civil, water and conservation

  • 3 year phase in period

  • MOMRA responsible for administration


Challenges1
Challenges

  • Developing capacity to implement and verify the Code at municipal level

  • Developing enabling frameworks – inspector training, software, upgrading of allied building industries

  • Promoting understanding of the Code among stakeholders- developers, architects, engineers, occupants, general public


3 market surveillance
(3) Market Surveillance

  • Relatively new in the Kingdom

  • Development of new codes and standards, increasing imports and rising incidence of counterfeiting require appropriate surveillance tools and more vigilance of the market

  • Need to review current status of local surveillance efforts and highlight best international practices


Challenges2
Challenges

  • Establishment of surveillance regime

  • Training - inspectors, custom officials

  • Implementation of GOC Mark of Conformity

  • Emergence of counterfeiting


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