United Arab Emirates - Country Commercial Guide
Standards for Trade
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In 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) was established to promote industrialization in the UAE. The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), established in 2001, was merged into the structure of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology.


Industry associations and individual companies have provided important feedback to MoIAT/ESMA as it develops and implements new standards. In general, UAE standards reference international and regional standards such as those of the GCC Standardization Organization.

MoIAT/ESMA’s work includes:

  • Develop, provide, and adopt national standards prepared by its technical committees at the request of the government, industry, and consumers.
  • Ensure consumers safety and environmental protection through the implementation of UAE standards.
  • Provide up-to-date information on standardization and relevant activities and stakeholders at the national, regional, and international levels.
  • Manage the Conformity Assessment Scheme (ECAS) which determines whether imports meet national or international standards for products.
  • Manage the National Accreditation Scheme (ENAS) which accredits conformity assessment bodies.
  • Monitor the implementation of approved UAE standards.
  • Grant the Emirates Quality Mark (EQM) to national products.
  • Issue certificates of conformity.

Testing, Inspection and Certification

The National Accreditation Department, within the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), is responsible for conformity assessment and accreditation.

Web link: https://moiat.gov.ae/en/about-us/national-accreditation-system-enas

Publication of Technical Regulations

Interested companies can find a list of regulated products for reference. The national standards are numbered and published on the official gazette and can be downloaded from the Standards Store.


The U.S.-UAE Business Council report on UAE standards and technical regulations is a helpful resource.

Web link to the U.S-UAE Business Council standards report:


Contact Information

Ministry of Industry & Advanced Technology - Standards and Technical Regulations Sector

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971 4 2944434 / +971 600 565554

E-mail: contact@moiat.gov.ae

Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA)
P.O. Box 2166, Abu Dhabi - UAE
P.O. Box 48666, Dubai - UAE
Phone: +971 600 565554
Fax: +971 4 294 4428
Email: customercare@esma.gov.ae

Emirates National Accreditation Department

Abu Dhabi
Phone: +971 600 565554
Fax: +971 2 403 2772
Email: customercare-enas@enas.gov.ae


Phone: +971 600 565554
Fax: +971 4 294 4428
Email: customercare-enas@enas.gov.ae

Use ePing to review proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures

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