Welcome to the Saudi Arabia focus edition of Law Update.
One of the key markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that continues to lead from the front is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). As the largest country in the Middle East and the 18th largest economy in the world, the progress KSA continues to make is underpinned by its Vision 2030 that envisions developing the country as an investment powerhouse and hub that ultimately connects Asia, Europe, and Africa. Given Saudi Arabia’s significance to the regional economy, our team of experts have prepared a range of pertinent articles that provide insights into new laws, regulations, and the legal landscape in the Kingdom.
This edition will provide you with an up-to-date guide on matters such as; the framework issued by the Saudi Central Bank on IT governance, the anti-corruption landscape under Vision 2030; we also provide practical tips for dispute avoidance. This is only a snapshot; there are many more articles within the KSA focus section for you to read, which we hope you will find valuable and enjoyable.Read the edition
Effective 19 March 2020, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (“SFDA”) issued a publication detailing that certain health products that were previously required to be “listed” at SFDA are now required to be “registered” as a health product in order to be marketed in Saudi Arabia. This update details these changes.
Health products classified as “subject for listing” are submitted to the SFDA under a simplified listing scheme. To classify a product as health product subject for listing, it must meet a series of criteria and/or be of a specific type of products.
SFDA has reclassified some of these types of products from being “subject for listing” to requiring “registration”, and changed the thresholds for registration in other instances.
This group of products includes the following:
Key SFDA guidelines for the registration of herbal and health products include:
The SFDA is responsible for putting in place regulations and effective controls to ensure the safety of food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, pesticides and feed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Please join our healthcare email list to receive more healthcare and life sciences legal and regulatory updates impacting the industry across the Middle East here.