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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recently passed a new federal law on consumer product safety which will come into force in July 2019. It aims to ensure the safety of products in the UAE, either manufactured domestically or imported.

Under the new law, the products are to be recalled if they are found to be hazardous in nature. A supplier’s main responsibility is to ensure that their products are safely circulated in the UAE. In case a product becomes unsafe during normal use, a supplier must take remedial measures such as withdrawing or recalling the products from the marketplace.

In order for a product to be considered safe, suppliers must ensure that their products comply with any applicable standards issued by Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), or by a foreign regulator duly approved by ESMA. If no such standards are in place for a particular product, a risk assessment in relation to the product must be filed with ESMA.

Those who breach the Product Safety Law may be subject to fines of up to AED 3 million and potentially imprisonment. The law also permits the UAE courts to order the seizure or destruction of defective products, closure of the business of the supplier for up to six (6) months or the revocation of the supplier’s trading license, all at a supplier’s cost.

The provisions of this law shall apply to all products that are being traded in the local market, including free zones and the like.

Note: UAE Federal National Council passed the law on March 13th, 2019. The copy of the signed law will be issued by the UAE cabinet prior to July 2019.

Source URL: Product Safety Law

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