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Cosmetic Product Regulation and Registration in UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is renowned for its vibrant beauty industry, with consumers constantly seeking innovative cosmetic products. However, ensuring the safety and quality of these products is paramount, which is why the UAE has stringent regulations in place to govern the cosmetics market. In this blog, we'll delve into the regulatory framework surrounding cosmetics in the UAE, providing insights into the laws, authorities, and compliance requirements. 

The regulation of cosmetics in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is overseen by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) and the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP). The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) is responsible for evaluating the safety, efficacy, and quality of cosmetic products through rigorous assessment processes. Additionally, the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) plays a crucial role in setting standards for cosmetics and ensuring compliance with international guidelines. Together these two regulatory bodies ensure that cosmetics sold in the UAE comply with safety standards and quality requirements to safeguard consumer health and well-being.

Regulation and Registration of Cosmetics in UAE

Regulatory Compliance for Cosmetic Products in the UAE

In compliance with the regulatory framework governing cosmetics in the UAE, cosmetic products intended for sale or distribution within the country must undergo meticulous scrutiny to meet stringent regulatory standards. A pivotal aspect of this process is the mandatory registration of cosmetic products before they can be introduced into the local market. Regardless of whether companies intend to import, trade, sell, or manufacture cosmetic products, each individual product must be registered with the relevant authorities. Moreover, for cosmetics imported for re-export purposes or for non-commercial use, companies must carry out the Consumer Products Listing, further emphasizing the comprehensive nature of regulatory compliance in the UAE cosmetics industry.

Eligibility Criteria for Cosmetic Product Registration in UAE

In the UAE, only companies are eligible to register cosmetics. The company applying for cosmetic product registration must hold a local commercial license issued by any regulatory body within the United Arab Emirates with activities related to the cosmetics being registered. If the applicant is a foreign company, they are required to appoint a local registered company as their representative in the UAE to facilitate the registration process.

Process for Applying for Cosmetic Products Registration in UAE

In the UAE, cosmetic products are classified as consumer products and are subject to the same registration process. Companies can obtain the necessary license from any Emirate or Free Zone within the country. Notably, the Dubai Municipality provides the MONTAJI portal, a platform designed for managing applications related to the assessment and registration of various consumer products. This portal facilitates the verification of product conformity with public health and safety standards. It serves as a centralized system for registering a wide range of products including fragrances, detergents, biocides, health supplements, cosmetics, and personal care items

Procedure for Cosmetic Product Registration in UAE

To register cosmetic products in the UAE, companies can follow a streamlined process facilitated by the Dubai Municipality website. Initially, they must log in to the Montaji System, the online platform for product registration. Subsequently, they must

  • Initiate the application for Consumer Products Registration (CPRE)

  • Upload all required documents

  • Pay the application fees online

Companies can then monitor the status of their application through the Dubai Municipality website, which may indicate whether it has been approved, rejected, or marked as incomplete. In case of incompleteness, the application remarks can be viewed online, and necessary documents can be uploaded for resubmission. If the application is rejected, an electronic assessment report is provided. Upon approval, the registration certificate is issued electronically through the company's Montaji account, with the option to print it if needed.

Required Documents for Cosmetic Product Registration in UAE

To facilitate the registration process for cosmetic products in the UAE, companies must ensure they have all the necessary documentation in order. These documents include

  • Clear artwork of the product that illustrates all relevant information

  • Free Sale Certificate obtained from the country of origin, attested by the respective government sector.

  •  Ingredients Report outlining the composition and concentration of ingredients, issued by the manufacturer or brand owner, is required.

  • Depending on the product, companies may need to provide a lab test report from Dubai Central Laboratory or an accredited laboratory with relevant accreditation.  Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certificate for locally manufactured products,

  • Safety data sheet

  • Halal certificate from a certified body.

  • If the product has been registered with one of the official health authorities in the UAE, such as the Ministry of Health and Prevention or Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, a valid Product Registration Certificate or Certificate of Conformity (COC) must also be submitted.

Consumer Products Registration Review Procedure in the UAE

The registration of consumer products in the UAE is subject to a thorough review process to ensure compliance with health and safety standards established by Dubai Municipality. Only products that meet these specifications are approved for registration, and a registration certificate is issued accordingly. However, if a product fails to meet the required standards, an assessment report is issued, indicating non-compliance and advising against import and sale in the local market. Dubai Municipality reserves the right to reject applications and issue assessment reports, with electronic applications reviewed only upon payment of due fees. In the event that an application is returned for completion of requested remarks, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide the necessary documents. Failure to do so within the specified timeframe (45 days) may result in automatic cancellation of the application. Immediate rejection occurs if basic requirements, such as submission of the Free Sale Certificate or Certificate of Composition, are not met. Additionally, rejection may occur if requested remarks are not addressed, missing documents are not provided, or submitted documents are damaged or unclear. Throughout the process, the product undergoes evaluation and assessment based on its type and risk analysis criteria to determine the need for laboratory testing.

Managing Different Cosmetic Product Variations Registration in the UAE

When registering cosmetic products in the UAE, it's common to encounter variations of the same basic product. These variations may differ in attributes such as weight, volume, odour, or color/shade. Fortunately, the registration process accommodates these variations efficiently. Companies can apply for registration of all variants in a single application, streamlining the process and saving time. Each application can include multiple product variations, allowing for flexibility depending on the nature of the product. Whether it's adjusting volume, weight, color, taste, flavor, or fragrance, companies can address all variations comprehensively in one application.

Fees for Cosmetic Registration in the UAE

Registering cosmetic products in the UAE incurs certain fees to facilitate the regulatory process.

  • Each application for cosmetic registration costs AED 10

  • An additional AED 10 charged for each product variant included in the same application.

Companies may also opt to request a registration certificate after product approval, which incurs a fee of AED 200 per certificate. Additionally, there is a knowledge and innovation fee of AED 20. To facilitate payment, various channels and methods are available. Payments can be made through smart applications such as the Dubai Municipality Application or Dubai Now Application, as well as via the Dubai Smart Government Portal. Al Ansari Exchange also provides payment options including cash, due date cheques (made out to Al Ansari Exchange), and other methods. Accepted payment methods include My Wallet, direct debit, credit card, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay, providing convenience and flexibility for companies undergoing the cosmetic registration process in the UAE.

Timelines and Validity for Registration of Cosmetic Products in the UAE

The registration process for cosmetics and personal care products, as well as fragrances, typically takes up to 22 working days from the completion date of the application. Once approved, the registration certificate remains valid for a period of 5 years from the date of issuance. This timeframe ensures that companies have sufficient time to market and distribute their cosmetic products in compliance with regulatory standards, providing clarity and predictability in the registration process in the UAE.

Navigating the regulatory landscape for cosmetics in the UAE can be complex, but it's essential for ensuring the safety and efficacy of products available to consumers. By understanding the regulatory requirements and working closely with regulatory authorities, cosmetic companies can navigate the market successfully while prioritizing consumer health and safety.

At Artixio, we specialize in providing regulatory consulting services to support companies in achieving compliance with cosmetics regulations in the UAE and beyond. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you in navigating the regulatory landscape and bringing your cosmetic products to market successfully.

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