UAE Publishes RoHS Regulation

UAE Publishes RoHS Regulation

The United Arab Emirates has become the latest country to announce a Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Regulation. The Regulation took effect on April 28, 2017, and is modeled on the European Union (EU) RoHS Directive. Compliance with the Regulation will require companies to fully survey their supply chains to understand and make declarations on the specifications and composition of their products.


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Key Dates & Deadlines

Companies selling electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) in the UAE are likely in scope of the regulation, and should begin to plan for compliance accordingly. The text of the UAE RoHS Regulation highlights three significant deadlines for the date of application of mandatory substance restrictions:

January 1, 2018: Restrictions on lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE in EEE — other than equipment listed in Category 11, ‘Other EEE’ — including cables or spare parts for the repair, the reuse, the updating of functionalities or upgrading of capacity of EEE.

January 1, 2020: Restrictions on lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE in medical devices, in vitro diagnostic medical devices, monitoring and control instruments and industrial monitoring and control instruments and Category 11; restrictions on DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP in EEE including cables, spare parts for repair, the reuse, the updating of functionalities or upgrading of capacity of EEE.

January 1, 2022: Restrictions on lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBBs and PBDEs in cables and spare parts of medical devices, in vitro diagnostic medical devices, monitoring and control instruments and industrial monitoring and control instruments; restrictions on DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP in medical devices, in vitro diagnostic medical devices, monitoring and control instruments and industrial monitoring and control instruments, including in cables and spare parts.


UAE RoHS Compliance Requirements

Article 5 of the Regulation lays out four elements required for compliance:

  1.  Product compliance evaluation by an evaluation entity approved by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA)
  2.  Meeting the requirements of the UAE Compliance Evaluation System according to compliance verification Form (A) approved by the ESMA
  3.  Meeting the technical specifications, requirements, terms and conditions referred to in the regulation
  4.  Obtaining information about the design, specifications, testing and inspections reports and any other relevant documentation about the compliance of the product by the product manufacturer, as deemed relevant by the ESMA

In terms of product registration requirements, Article 9(2) states that the Authority will receive and assess applications for registration and conformity of the product, and will issue any necessary decisions arising from this. Beyond this, the nature and extent of the registration requirement is as yet unclear.

The Assent Chemical Reporting Module

Assent’s Chemical Reporting Module is your company’s most valuable tool for meeting RoHS compliance requirements. Inherently flexible and responsive to your company’s unique reporting needs, the Chemical Reporting Module helps your company monitor compliance with a range of restricted substances regulations like Proposition 65, the REACH Regulation, RoHS in the EU, UAE, China and Korea, and custom restricted substances lists.

The module allows companies to collect, analyze and report on compliance data from their supply chain, and assess their performance against regulatory thresholds and requirements. You can learn more about the Chemical Reporting Module here.

To learn more about RoHS compliance in the UAE and abroad, contact our regulatory experts at info@assentcompliance.com.

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