New Requirements for Plugs and Sockets for Exports to Saudi Arabia

Exporting to Saudi - SASO issues revised Standard for Plugs and Socket Outlets effective May 2016.

The Saudi Standards, Quality and Metrology Organization (SASO) has published and issued a revised standard SASO 2203/2015-“Plugs and Socket-Outlets for Household and Similar Purpose”.

This standard, in conjunction with supplementary standards GSO BS1363-1/2009 and GSO BS1363-2/2009, updates the requirements for verifying compliance of plugs and socket-outlets exported to KSA.


  • GSO BS1363-1 and GSO BS1363-2 are similar to BS1363-1 and BS1363-2 with minor national deviations.
  • SASO 2203/2015 shall supersede the standards SASO 2203/2003 and SASO 443/2003.


Enforcement of this updated standard shall commence from the 8th May 2016. 


The major changes effected in the revised SASO 2203/2015 standard are:


  • The scope of the standard includes plugs and socket outlets rated up to and including 250V.
  • The SASO standard reference number on the plugs and socket outlets is no longer a mandatory requirement.