It is often not enough just to organize logistics and find a sales market to be able to sell goods in the UAE. Some types of products require mandatory certification - otherwise access to the local market will be blocked. These procedures require knowledge of local legislation. SORP has been involved in the certification of goods for more than 15 years, having accumulated rich experience and reliable contacts in government agencies. By entrusting all the formalities to SORP Group experts, you will save resources and time to enable entry to the UAE market and markets in other Gulf countries.
Types of certification in the UAE
Issued by Islamic associations accredited inthe UAE. Certifies meat and products with ingredients of animal origin. Applies not only to a consignment of products but also to the manufacturing plant.
Certificate ofConfirmation (CoC)
Awarded to the manufacturer or importer.Serves to confirm the compliance of products with the applicable national standards. Goods imported into the UAE must be certified by ESMA accredited centers.
Markings and labelingCertification
Some products are subject to speciallabeling requirements: ESMA controls labeling for all tobacco products, toys and household appliances. Some regulators in specific fields register labels for food, fertilizers, cosmetics.
A health certificate is issued at the placeof origin of the goods for imports into the UAE. Local producers receive a document of conformity from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment for seeds, animal feed, fertilizers, live animals, and plants
Restriction of Hazardous Substancesincludes mandatory certification of electrical equipment and is regulated by ESMA. This is an international certification which requires additional IEC and G-Mark tests, as well as specified markings.
Gulf Mark (G-Mark)Certification
A unique local certificate of conformity issuedby ESMA for baby products and low-voltage equipment, and is mandatory for selling in the local market or in the territory of the GCC. It is regulated by the GSO (Gulf Standardization Organization).
In addition to mandatory certification, specialized departments register controlled goods as well as the importing companies, accredit the labeling and issue import permits. The Ministry of Health regulates the import of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. Dubai Municipality is responsible for the import of cosmetics and perfumes. Food Control (DM) registers food and beverages. Dubai Civil Defense accredits hazardous products.
The main product groups subject to mandatorycertification in the UAE
Products used in construction, decoration,general repair work require testing in Dubai Municipality for Civil Defense Accreditation
Chemicals and polymers
Fertilizers require testing & registration bythe Ministry of Climate Change & Environment. ESMA: chemicals, oil products, paints, varnishes
Food and beverages
Food and drinks require registration with theMunicipality and ESMA. Special procedures for meat products and water.
Medicines and cosmetics
Cosmetics and perfumery require registrationwith the Municipality and ESMA. Mandatory accreditation by the Ministry of Health is required for pharmaceuticals.
Precious metals and jewelry
Alloys, ingots, and jewelry require registrationand testing by DMCC Golden Office. All security systems in trading premises should be checked by the Police.
Equipment and electronics
Electrical products should be tested byESMA to ensure they meet the requirements for heavy and radioactive metals in accordance with RoHS.
Tobacco and tobacco products
Registration, testing of goods and labeling byDubai Municipality and ESMA are mandatory for any smoking mixtures, including shisha and cigarettes.
Products for children
Toys, baby care products and cosmetics, babydishes, accessories, hygiene products should pass registration with Dubai Municipality and ESMA.
Products that are marketed as “eco” or “natural”must pass tests and inspections to receive the quality label ‘Organic’ from ESMA and DM Food Control.
SORP Group expert solutions for certification ofyour products in the UAE
Market and legislationanalysis
We will analyze all aspects ofbringing products to the UAE market, study the regulations for the import and certification of the goods, and register a trademark.
We will select a license typeand incorporate a company in the UAE, which is needed to obtain the import permit for the goods as well as undergo proper certification.
We will help validate any permitsand certificates, go through all of the laboratory tests at ESMA, and register the goods with the relevant government departments.
We will determine the appropriatecategory of products, translate the logo into Arabic, check trademark uniqueness and oversee it through the registration procedure.
We will help get the import code foryour company, go through all the approvals in the relevant regulatory authorities and quickly carry out the customs clearance procedures.
We will find the optimal warehousesolutions for your products that meet the storage requirements and select the best shipping company for transportation.
Stages of product certification in the UAE
We will conduct necessary and properexamination of the existing documents for compliance with local standards, and provide recommendations on all necessary changes.
We will identify all the peculiaritiesof the certification processes for a specific type of product and work on ways to implement the requirements of specialized accredited laboratories.
We will define the documents to benotarized, translate existing reports and certificates, and we will take them through every step of the legalization procedure.
Getting import permits
We will handle all the requirements andsteps involved in importer registration and obtaining the necessary permits including collating the original standard trade documentation for consignments.
We will receive a test report and preparethe necessary package of documents for submitting an application for getting certification and registration to the all relevant departments.
Passing the procedure
We will send product samples tothe laboratory for testing and prepare the documentation needed when the commission visits to your warehouse or place of production.
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