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New conformity assessment procedure in the United Arab Emirates

The new conformity assessment covers restrictions on the use of hazardous ingredients in electronic and electrical goods (RoHS: Restriction of Hazardous Substances). The new measure includes compulsory registrations and certification requirements.

Compulsory registration for electronic goods from 1 January
Compulsory registration for electronic goods from 1 January

It is expected that this requirement will affect all electronic and electrical goods entering the United Arab Emirates market from 1 January 2018 on. The timetable stipulates that the measure will be gradually phased in, depending on the products and substances, as per the Swiss Embassy in the United Arab Emirates and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO.

According to the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), there are two ways to confirm compliance with the new regulation and register a product.

  • Emirates Conformity Assessment System ECAS (valid 1 year)
  • Emirates Quality Mark Scheme EQM (valid 3 years)

Details are still unclear

Details concerning the new regulation in the United Arab Emirates are still unclear, however. Importers are nevertheless advised to begin registering products under the RoHS regulation before the first of January 2018. According to information provided by ESMA, importers must also provide a declaration of compliance with ESMA rules by 1 January.

Further information on the new conformity assessment can be found in the following document “UAE RoHS: Information for the Industry”.

If you have questions about the new RoHS regulation, please contact the ESMA representatives in the United Arab Emirates: Essa AbdulRahman Al Hashmi (essa.a@esma.gov.ae) or Marco Angelo Intalan (marco@esma.gov.ae). 

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