product registration in dubai

Dubai is one of the best opportunities in the world for merchants to import, export a large number of products. Due to which the government of Dubai has issued a legal mandate for Product Registration in Dubai. The regulation applies for all products manufactured and distributed in Dubai.

What Is Product Registration?

Since consumer safety is the basic principle of cosmetics’ registration, its process allows the CPSS (Consumer Products Safety Section) to collect adequate information to assess the safety of cosmetic products. It is mandatory that, no cosmetic product shall be manufactured, imported, exported, advertised, sold or distributed in Dubai unless it has been registered in conformity with DM (Dubai Municipality) regulation.

Why is product Registration in dubai compulsory?

  • To irradicate the commercialization of duplicate and toxic products.
  • Inorder to establish product quality and consumer saftey

The products have to be registered with the Dubai Municipality prior to the launch in Dubai market; and making it compulsory for individuals executing activities related to the product registration and licensing in Dubai.

Who Can Apply for Product Registration in Dubai ?

Individuals who import or locally manufacture products, or have products imported or manufactured on their behalf are liable to have their products registered.

Validity of Product Registration in Dubai

The registration of a product shall be valid for 5 years and the continuation of renewal should be considered.

Benefits of Product Registration in Dubai

  • Label protection
  • Brand protection
  • Import and re-export rights
  • Hassle-free trade inside and outside UAE


Steps involved for Product Registration in Dubai

  • Company Formation

    Only companies that are based out of Dubai or in UAE Free Zone can process the product registration. The company should have a valid trade license. The company who is conducting appropriate business activity and is a local company can register its products with Dubai Municipality

  • Registration with Dubai Municipality

Once the company is set up in Dubai or UAE Free Zones, the next step is to register with the Dubai Municipality (DM). The DM requires some basic information of the company such as trade license, email address, contact details, etc.

  • Collection & Submission of the documents required

The third step is to submit the documents with the Dubai Municipality, in order to apply for the label assessment of products as per the product category. The company must submit a product sample to CPSS. Once the assessment of the label is done the DM will issue a Label Assesment Report which comprises product description.

Dubai Product Registration

Local Manufactures

Local manufacturers in Dubai are advised to contact the Consumer Products Safety Section for proper registration of cosmetic products in Dubai – UAE. Agents of local manufacturers are to take the essential steps to certify that cosmetic products intended for the Local market are registered before the manufactured products are placed into Dubai market.

Foreign Manufactures

The importer who is responsible for all matters pertaining to the registration of the product can register at Dubai Municipality.

Representatives of foreign manufacturers are to take the required steps to ensure that cosmetic products intended for the local market are registered before consignments of such products are imported to Dubai. In the event of any abuse in this regard, the consignment of the unregistered product would be cleared only with a single warning.

What is a Cosmetic Product? Definition of Cosmetic Product

A cosmetic product means any substance or composition intended to be placed in contact with the various outer parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view entirely or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their presence and/or correcting body odors and/or protecting them or keeping them in good condition.

Why is cosmetic product registration in Dubai important?

The primary objective of cosmetic product care procedures is to maintain and sustain public health & safety through implementing efficient regulatory control system as well as to promote public awareness on the importance of the safety procedures of cosmetics implemented.

In general, the cosmetic product launched in the Dubai market, within Dubai commonality must not cause damage to human health when applied under normal or fairly probable conditions of use.

Functions for Cosmetic Products

  • To clean
  • To aromatize
  • To change the appearance
  • To protect
  • To keep in good condition

List of Cosmetics

  • Creams, emulsions, lotions, gels, and oils for the skin (hand, face, feet, etc.)
  • Face masks with the exclusion of peeling products
  • Tinted bases (liquids, pastes, powders)
  • Make-up powders, after-bath powders, hygienic powders, etc.
  • Toilet soaps, deodorant soaps, etc.
  • Eau de Cologne
  • Bath and shower preparations
  • Depilatories
  • Deodorants and anti-per spirants
  • Hair care products:
  • Hair tints and bleaches
  • Product for waving, straightening and fixing
  • Setting products, Cleansing products (lotions, powders, shampoos)
  • Conditioning products (lotions, creams, oils)
  • Hairdressing products (lotions, lacquers, brilliantine’s)
  • Shaving products (creams, foams, lotions)
  • Products for making up and removing make-up from the face and eyes
  • Products intended for use to the lips
  • Products for care of the teeth and mouth
  • Products for nail care and make-up
  • Products for external intimate hygiene
  • Sunbathing products
  • Products for tanning without sun
  • Skin-whitening products
  • Anti-wrinkle products.

Registration of the product in Dubai

There are a number of steps to register a product and a list of documents which have to be produced from the country of origin and documents must be attested from UAE embassy.

We have many product registration projects with happy clients. The process varies product to product every time we experience something new which is, of course, challenging, nevertheless, we are acquiring knowledge to assist more clients. The cost of registration is not huge, however, the process can be robust, and therefore, we assist our clients through the registration of the products in Dubai.


What is Certificate of FreeSales (CFS)?

The certificate must be from the country of origin and declared by the health authorities or acknowledged bodies. The CFS should be present at the time of submission and request is to be made for the original, to be seen. If the product’s name has to be marketed in Dubai is different from the CFS, A confirmation letter from product owner is required. A Certificate of Free Sales is a document to indicate that the product is freely sold in that country and this certificate has to be approved by UAE Embassy.

What is Health Certificate (HC)?

The certificate must be from the country of origin and issued by the health authorities or recognized bodies from the country of origin. The HC (Health certificate) should be current at the time of submission and request may be made for the original to be seen. A Certificate of Health is an evidence to certify that the product is safe for human use. This certificate has to be approved by UAE Embassy.

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