This article applies to selling in: United Arab Emirates

Detergents Regulation

If you sell detergents, they must comply with the requirements of the Detergents Regulation and you shall comply with the minimum information requirements to consumers.

Disclaimer: This document serves the purpose of information only and by no means constitutes legal advice, and should not be a substitute for advice from legal counsel. It remains your sole responsibility to comply with the "General Safety Requirements of Household Detergents" regulation and and other contractual obligations towards Amazon. Any mention of the provisions of the Detergents Regulation in this document is for ease of reference only. Amazon does not provide any warranties about the completeness and correctness of these provisions or any other information in this document, and assumes no responsibility for any use of or reliance on this document.

The “General Safety Requirements of Household Detergents” technical regulation sets out the requirements applicable on household detergents placed in the market within the United Arab Emirates ensuring a high degree of environmental protection and human safety. This technical regulation does not cover industrial and institutional detergents, and disinfectant and germicidal properties.

In order to sell detergents in UAE, you must comply with the requirements of the Detergents Regulation, which includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. Registration of products
    1. Obtain the necessary approvals and registration notifications for these products issued by the Consumer Products Safety Section of UAE's relevant authority.
    2. Ensure at all times that products imported, displayed, or sold have not been banned or recalled elsewhere in any other country.
  2. Laboratory tests

    Detergent products should be tested at an accredited laboratory to ensure compliance with recommended limits set by UAE Authorities, such as the following:

    1. Heavy metal tests
      1. PH determination of the product
      2. Surface active substance examination
      3. Other tests, if required

  3. Adherence to label requirements put forth on this page
  4. Valid trade license
  5. Valid trade license for related activity issued from the Emirate of Dubai

What products does the Detergents Regulation apply to?

The Detergents Regulation sets out requirements and obligations relating to detergents. Detergents are “any substance or preparation containing soaps and/or other surfactants intended for washing and cleaning processes”. They can be in any form (liquid, powder, paste, bar, cake, molded piece, shape, etc.) and can be marketed or used for household or domestic purposes.

The following are also examples of detergents:

  • ‘Laundry fabric-softener’, intended to modify the feel of fabrics in process, complementing the washing of fabrics.
  • ‘All-purpose cleaner’, a multipurpose detergent intended to clean hard surfaces inside homes, excluding products with disinfectant properties.
  • ‘Automatic dishwasher detergent’, a detergent intended for use in automatic dishwashers by non-professionals.

Note: Amazon does not accept ‘professional use only’ products (industrial or institutional purpose). Please check with the Manufacturer/Safety Data Sheet (SDS) before shipping your products to Amazon. In the event of ‘professional use only’ products being received at an Amazon Fulfilment center, Amazon might dispose of the units at your cost and without compensation.

What are the product labeling and marking requirements for detergents?

Products should carry non-removable labels with the following details declared clearly in Arabic and/or English:

  • Product and brand name
  • Manufacturer details and country of origin
  • Size/Weight of the product
  • Ingredients with concentrations
  • Production and expiry dates
  • Bar code and batch number
  • Storage conditions
  • Instructions of use
  • PH of the product
  • Health warnings and safety precautions
  • Compliance with ISO-14021 packaging standards
  • Pictures inconsistent with the prevailing social customs and values shall not be used

Additional Information

We strongly encourage you to visit following websites for more information on the regulation:

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