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Bottled Drinking Water is strictly controlled under cabinet decision no. 26/2013 in UAE. The regulating authority is Emirates standardization and Metrology Authority (ESMA) under their certification scheme Emirates Quality Mark Scheme (EQM). The regulation was implemented in the country aiming to improve water quality by unifying control mechanisms on drinking water, which includes production, processing, packaging, and distribution.
In order to sell drinking water bottles in the UAE, it must comply with the UAE Scheme for Drinking Water and carry the EQM.
EQM is a mark of conformity granted for the products that can demonstrate compliance with the relevant UAE National Standards, Regional and/or International Standards, and are manufactured by an organization implementing an effective Quality Management System to ensure continuous compliance. The process of obtaining the license to use the Emirates Quality Mark includes a comprehensive evaluation of the product as well as the quality system used by the manufacturer in production through testing and inspection.
Requirements to obtain EQM includes, but is not limited to below:
Validity of certificate is three years subject to surveillance visits every year during the certification to assure maintaining the conformity.
More information about the UAE Drinking Water Regulation 26/2013 (Arabic version).