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On April 27, 2017, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) published the 10th Resolution of 2017; UAE Regulation to Control Hazardous Materials in Electrical and Electronic Devices (UAE RoHS).  UAE RoHS is similar to the EU RoHS 2.0 Directive where it monitors 10 hazardous substances in 11 categories of electrical and electronic products:

List of Hazardous Substances 
Lead (Pb)  Cadmium (Cd) 
Mercury (Hg)  Chromium (VI) (Cr (VI)) 
Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB)  Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) 
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)  Benzylbutyl phthalate (BBP) 
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)  Diisobutyl Phthalate (DIBP) 

The six substance restrictions were formally implemented on January 1, 2018. Moreover, UAE RoHS requires companies to register products and submit declarations of conformity (DoC), in addition to restricted substance requirements. Once passed, a certificate of compliance will be issued by the Emirates Standards and Metrology Bureau (ESMA).

Considering the needs of different companies regarding the validity of the certificate, UAE officials had provided two (2) different methods for access: the ECAS registration system and the EQM verification system:

Table 1: Specific requirements for the two types of compliance

Method 1: Method 2:
ECAS Registration System  EQM Product Certification System 
  1. Risk assessment to be submitted in case the full product assessment for RoHS is not completed
  2. Applicant issues a Declaration of Compliance including only critical components
  3. A complete RoHS test report is required, otherwise if requested by UAE authority, three (3) test reports on critical components must be submitted
  4. Verification of compliance to by ESMA
  5. ESMA certification
  6. Validity of Certificate is 1 year
  1. Applicant must provide a self-conformity statement
  2. Applicant submits risk assessment documents in accordance to IEC 63000 and IEC 62476
  3. Technical Audit and verification through site visit
  4. Verification of compliance requirements and issuance of certificates and licence to use EQM
  5. Validity of Certificate is 3 years 

The ESMA and its competence authority would conduct market surveys at any time.  If incompliant samples are found, ESMA has the right to take measures such as withdrawing, recalling, or cancelling their compliance certificates. For the RoHS test report are submitted during registration, UAE officials only accept reports issued by ISO 17025 accredited laboratories, and RoHS testing conducted according to the IEC 62321 method.

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