The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have recently enacted a legislation for the “Restriction of Hazardous Substances” (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE): Cabinet Decision No. 10/2017 was published in the Official Gazette on April 27, 2017, and came into force on the following day. The Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology (ESMA) is the national regulatory authority.
The law is analogous to the EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU – it stipulates for example the same product scope, the same substance restrictions, including the four phthalates, and identical thresholds.
However, the UAE RoHS legislation differs from EU RoHS Directive in three main aspects:
• Differences in transition periods
• Conformity assessment procedure which requires e. g. certification at ESMA
• Products already placed on the market have to comply with the requirements after the transition period