The Gulf Region is seeing a major increase of new mandatory regulatory conformity assessment systems introduced and adopted by the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries, including the Gulf Mark (G mark).
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government introduced mandatory regulatory control measures in 2015 for electrical and mechanical safety, energy efficiency, and environmental requirements under a national program called the Emirates Conformity Assessment System (ECAS). In 2016, the UAE Government announced, through Cabinet Resolution No. 35 that the ECAS program would be outsourced to third-party Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABS) to conduct the conformity assessment process and issue product safety certification.
The ECAS program scope includes multiple industry sectors from Electrical, Electronic, and Gas Appliances, Machinery, Automotive, Building and Construction, Cosmetics, and Food in the form of issued technical regulations, under the ECAS banner and regulated by the appointed government body, Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA).
New ECAS Technical Regulations: