Implementing ISO 8000

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Saudi Arabia Industrial Clusters
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National Industrial Strategy

As part of Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has developed a National Industrial Strategy (NIS). One element of this strategy is to create a National Industrial Information Centre (NIIC). The Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA), based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States of America, has been chosen to lead this element of the project using their experience as project leaders of the international data standards ISO 8000 and ISO 22745.

Starting in June 2017, exporters of industrial items will start to receive notification, requesting that they register standardized part numbers according to ISO 8000-115 and standardized commercial specifications according to ISO 8000-120 in an open global registry of technical specifications.

The registry of ISO 8000 compliant specifications is being managed by ECCMA, and is known as the ECCMA Technical Specification Registry (eTSR). This registry is free for manufacturers to upload specifications , and free to download specifications using a standard part number.

The standardised specifications will be used to improve the efficiency of several government departments including, import duty exemption and localization compliance; the key points to note from this project are:

  • The records in the registry shall conform to ISO 8000 parts 115 (part number) and 120 (specifications);
  • All common military and industrial items imported into KSA shall be required to be registered in the eTSR, regardless of whether they are applying for exemption from duty or not;
  • All government controlled corporations in KSA (ARAMCO, SABIC, SEC, SWCC, Maaden) are expected to use the eTSR to improve the quality of their master data and to identify local manufacturers as part of the government localization requirements.

The project is being run by the new Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Natural Resources, via the Industrial Clusters, and is being sponsored by Saudi Aramco and Sabic..

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Future import process to Saudi Arabia

The diagram below illustrates the benefits of manufacturers adopting ISO 8000.

Exchanging your technical specifications as data files is made possible using existing, proven, international standards.

The KOIOS software suite is a set of programmes specifically designed to guide you through these six simple steps.

You can register your prefix name as part of the set-up process, and the technical specifications you produce are free to upload to the global ECCMA Technical Specification Registry (eTSR), and are free for your customers to download.

The identifier that is produced as part of the process replaces the need for all parties to maintain and manage URLs as pointers to technical specifications.