SFDA Cosmetics Certification Process

Exporting to Saudi Arabia? Let us guide you through the SFDA Cosmetics conformity assessment process, and the steps you need to take to get your goods certified for import into the country.

The SFDA Cosmetics conformity assessment programme aims to protect businesses from fraud and ensure that products are free from defects that may affect the health and safety of consumers. The programme is mandatory for all businesses looking to import their cosmetic products into Saudi Arabia.

Cotecna has been accredited by The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) to ensure the compliance to the applicable standards of all regulated cosmetic products imported into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and issue a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) for clearance.


  • The Importer must have an account with the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA).
  • Products must comply with GSO Technical Regulation GSO 1943/2016.
  • Cosmetics and Perfumery Products must be registered and notfied on the SFDA Electronic System "E-Cosma".
  • The Importer must have a valid Commercial Registration Certificate which includes Cosmetics Trade as a registered commercial activity.

For more information or assistance on the requirements for importing cosmetic products into Saudi Arabia, please contact us.

Step-by-Step Process

  1. The exporter / importer will have to fill out the Request of Certification (RFC) and provide Conformity documents
  2. Once we receive your request, a dedicated and local coordinator will review your demand.
  3. Your coordinator will check all the necessary documentation and from that, define the scope of needs.
  4. When necessary and to comply with importing SFDA's regulations, your dedicated coordinator will guide you through the needed verifications and will schedule them (testing of samples, inspection and/or audit when required)
  5. Provide final eCosma Listing Numbers that your importer will have previously obtained on the SFDA E-Cosma platform
  6. After satisfactory results, Cotecna will issue a Certificate of Conformity (valid for one shipment)

Routes for SFDA Cosmetics

To assess the conformity of a shipment, the verification of conformity process will follow one of two levels of compliance, named “routes”. The choice of the route depends on the profile of the exporter. These are:

Route A for exporters with infrequent shipments (Non registered products)
It involves pre-shipment inspection and pre-shipment testing of products. Physical inspection can be carried out to verify the labelling/markage, storage and other visual verification.

Route B for regular exporters with homogenous products (Registered products)
This process involves product testing for compliance and the statement of Product Registration is valid for a year.

Request a Certification

To learn more about the SFDA Cosmetics programme, or to get a Certificate of Conformity for your exports, please send us a request.

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