The Saudi Standards, Metrology & Quality Organisation (SASO) used the occasion presented by a joint workshop with MELA, to introduce the newly drafted regulation on Residential Lighting. The Regulation, which covers a range of light sources used in residential lighting applications, is due to enter into force in the second quarter of 2016. Information on the detailed scope, performance, functionality requirements and expected benefits of the regulation was provided by the Saudi National Electrotechnical Committee (SNEC) and the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC). An overview of the regional and global trends in lighting policy was presented by MELA including an outline of the 4 component parts of effective lighting policy namely:
- Minimum Safety, Performance & Quality Requirements (MEPs)
- Supporting Policy – financing/tax programs in support of efficient lighting, bulk procurement programs, education and awareness campaigns etc.
- Market surveillance programs structure, organisation and why they are necessary + labelling
- Elements of the policy requirement for effective Environmentally Sound Management of lighting products
Following the formal presentations, a question and answer session was held with a panel of speakers. This addressed issues raised by participants such as compliance and registration requirements in advance of the entry into force, market surveillance, plans for commercial lighting and issues relevent to the local market.