9th December 2019 – Member companies of the Middle East Lighting Association met with representatives of the Saudi Ministry of Commerce & Investment (MCI) and Saudi Arabia Standards Organisation (SASO).
The context for these discussions is the raft of lighting regulation that has emerged from the relevant authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia particularly in 2018 & 2019 which aims to level the playing field for companies marketing lighting products & components in the kingdom by establishing minimum energy performance and other functionality requirements.
MELA meetings with the authorities responsible for these initiatives concentrated on increasing its members understanding of the registration and compliance procedures under each of the regulations in force (SASO 2870 & 2902 respectively) and those still to enter into force (Part 3 Street Lighting).
Compliance in the market is a key competence of the Saudi Ministry of Commerce & Investment (MCI). MELA member companies who have invested heavily in compliance and meeting the local requirements are keen to ensure that rules are universally applied.
The global lighting industry is facing unprecedented challenges and exciting opportunities with the transition to new efficient lighting technologies. The industry is continually evolving, reinventing its approach to lighting to meet the needs of the 21st century. MELA’s mission is to support key regional stakeholders to move towards a sustainable lighting future for the benefit of each part of the community, through effective implementation of efficient lighting policy. MELA is the main platform for discussion, development and communication of lighting industry positions in the Middle East region in support of regulatory initiatives. Formally founded in 2014 MELA has five founding members: producers of light sources, luminaires and lighting control gear. Its total membership covers approximately 50% of the GCC product market share.
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