UAE Updates RoHS Regulations

By in , , ,
UAE Updates RoHS Regulations
UAE RoHS Changes Effective January 2020
The UAE’s Emirates Conformity Assessment Scheme (ECAS), which regulates local and imported products marketed in the United Arab Emirates for safety and quality, has updated its RoHS regulations.

To limit hazardous substances, the ECAS program expanded its RoHS regulation on electrical and electronic devices (EEE) – adding restrictions to four new phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP). All manufacturers, retailers, authorized representatives, importers, and distributors of products must comply with the new UAE RoHS regulation before it goes into effect on January 1, 2020.

The ECAS program, introduced in 2015, was created by the UAE government to push products towards new safety, efficiency, and environmental standards. ECAS applies to multiple industry sectors: electronic, electrical, gas appliances, machinery, automotive, building and construction, cosmetics, and food. ECAS is regulated by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA).
Restricted Substances
Restrictions for the four new phthalates beginning January 1, 2020:
  • Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) – 0.1%
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) – 0.1%
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – 0.1%
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) – 0.1%
Current restrictions for the six substances implemented January 1, 2018:
  • Mercury (Hg) – 0.1%
  • Lead (Pb) – 0.1%
  • Cadmium (Cd) – 0.01%
  • Hexavalent chromium (Vi) – 0.1%
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) – 0.1%
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) – 0.1%
Scope of Regulation
The new scope of regulation beginning January 1, 2020:
  • New equipment categories with restricted limits of Hg, Cd, Pb, CR6, PB, and PBDE:

Group A

– Medical Devices

– Control and Monitor Equipment
– Industrial Control and Monitor Equipment

Group B

– Cables and spare parts listed in Group A which are available in the market
  • Equipment categories with restricted limits of Hg, Cd, Pb, CR6, PB, PBDE and DBP, DEHP, BBP, and DIHP:

Group C

– The products included in this Resolution, except for Group A, include products and cables and spare parts for product repairing, updating or upgrading purposes, excluding the products of Class (11) of Annex No. (1).

Group D

– Products of Class (11) of Annex No. (1) which are available in the market
ATS and RoHS Testing
Applied Technical Services’ RoHS testing lab can verify that manufacturers, authorized representatives, importers, and distributors comply with substance restriction initiatives such as ECAS. We are a CPSC accredited lab, with a team of highly skilled experts that work to provide accurate and timely results along with detailed reporting. If you are in need of RoHS testing to comply with the UAE’s new ECAS regulations, contact ATS today to make sure your products meet the new standard.