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Regulatory programs in the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates
(UAE) has introduced the
Emirates Conformity
Assessment System (ECAS)
mandatory regulatory
program. The new
regulations will require
importers to the UAE market
to develop new compliance
strategies and plans.

Overview of the UAE ECAS Program with by manufacturers, importers, or Energy Efficiency Standards Labelling
The Government of the United Arab agents who intend to sell or import (EESL) to be introduced under a
Emirates (UAE) has introduced electrical equipment into the UAE. mandatory regulatory program called the
mandatory regulatory controls on ‘Emirates Conformity Assessment
specific product placed onto the UAE System’ (ECAS). The ECAS program
Recent Implementation Dates covers safety, energy efficiency, and
market in an effort to enhance safety, • August 1, 2017: UAE ECAS Ex
protect property, implement energy environmental requirements for
efficiency measures, and protect the • January 1, 2018: UAE RoHS electrical and electronic devices and
environment. certain gas products; those products
Notified Body Certification identified to meet energy efficiency
Emirates Standards & Metrology
The UAE legislation will require Notified requirements are subject to the separate
Authority (ESMA) is the regulatory body
Body Certification. A Notified Body, such program called Energy Efficiency
appointed by the UAE Government to
as Intertek, is an appointed Conformity Standards – Labeling.
manage the program. The UAE Ministry
for Commerce and Industry issued a Assessment Body accredited to ISO/IEC
series of Federal Laws and government 17065 for conducting conformity Restriction of Hazardous Substances
orders introduced under a mandatory assessment activities to determine (RoHS) for UAE
regulatory program called the “Emirates compliance to a standard, regional
According to UAE Cabinet Decision No.
Conformity Assessment System” (ECAS). requirements, and/or a regulation.
10/2017, implementation of the RoHS
The ESMA Conformity Affairs will be enforced in the UAE starting from
Department will provide: Responsibilities of Suppliers January 1, 2018 (first deadline for the
• Implementation of ECAS for It is the responsibility of any supplier, in date of application). It is now necessary
regulated products all cases, to have their products to obtain a Certificate of Conformity
• Implementation of EESL program approved by an appointed Notified Body under the ECAS program for RoHS to
• Emirates Quality Marking (EQM) and ensure that products continuously place in-scope electrical and electronic
• Market Surveillance and Inspection comply with the requirements defined in products on the UAE market. This
these ECAS technical regulations. legislation is to the EU RoHS Directive
The new mandatory regulatory controls
2011/65 in some respects, however, the
apply to Electrical and Electronic
UAE RoHS legislation differs in two main
Equipment (EEE), sub–assemblies, and Specific ECAS Regulations aspects: implementation periods, and
components and other industry sectors Energy Efficiency Standards Labeling requirement for the Certificate of
such as the food, automotive, and (EESL) Conformity to be issued by an appointed
chemicals industry. These regulations
The UAE Ministry for Commerce and Notified Body.
need to be understood and complied
Industry issued Federal Law No. 21

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