Following the decision (600) of the Council of Ministers, dated June 25th, 2019, the National Accreditation Committee (2004) was turned into an independent center both financially and administratively under the name "Saudi Accreditation Center", which is linked directly to the Minister of Commerce. The Center is the official national entity authorized to provide accreditation services for conformity assessment bodies in Saudi Arabia as well as enhancing their efficiency. This is to improve the quality infrastructure in the kingdom and to support its economy. The Saudi Accreditation Center is assigned certain tasks through its regulations such as: accrediting conformity assessment bodies, providing training and qualification services for assessors in the conformity assessment field, taking part in international and regional organizations, exchanging accreditation certificate acknowledgements with other conformity assessment bodies, representing the kingdom regionally and internationally, coordinating with government parties to provide data related to the conformity assessment field while proposing related regulations, conducting studies and research papers, organizing seminars and conferences, in addition to creating a database of the Center's activities.
The quality infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia enjoys the support and attention of the wise leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and the supervision of His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, may Allah protect them. It is indispensable for achieving the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and promoting The Kingdom's economic leadership regionally and internationally. In line with the comprehensive development process in our dear country, the establishment of the Saudi Accreditation Centre (SAAC) came to be a solid and important foundation of the quality infrastructure system in the Kingdom. SAAC contributes to upgrade the services of conformity assessment bodies, and raise the level of quality and adequacy of services and products, in order to preserve consumer health and environmental safety. SAAC supports the national economy and prosperity; thus, the esteemed Cabinet Resolution No. (600) was issued on 10 1440 / 22 / to establish SAAC and define its tasks and competencies. The year 2021 marked the launch of SAAC’s five-year strategy, which is the roadmap for the future directions of SAAC, through which it seeks to expand accreditation services according to the priorities of the national development and economic sectors. The strategy included five main cornerstones represented in strengthening the quality infrastructure in the Kingdom, leadership in accreditation, regional and international recognition, professional development, and operational excellence. In order to enhance the Kingdom's global presence in the quality infrastructure system, SAAC obtained the international recognition from the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) in 2021. This recognition is supported by the Kingdom's signing of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements that require international recognition of national quality infrastructure services. Thus, conformity certificates issued by conformity assessment bodies approved by SAAC have become internationally recognized, which will have a significant impact on the economic level by raising the level of trade exchange, and the flow of goods and products to and from global markets. We look forward, to contributing to bringing the quality infrastructure system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to that of the top ten countries in the world in 2030, by providing innovative and reliable accreditation services, in partnership with the authorities in the quality system locally, as well as promoting the national and international economy. We always welcome at SAAC all opinions and suggestions which would help in developing the services and operation of SAAC.
In Muharram, 1443 (August, 2021), the Saudi Accreditation Centre (SAAC) obtained a national achievement by signing the multilateral recognition agreement from the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), in each of the following areas: