Chemical Registration in UAE

Chemical Registration in UAE – Overview

Cleaning and disinfectant products are called/identified and regulated differently across countries and regions, making it very challenging for the industry to place these products in different markets.

In the UAE, Dubai Municipality (DM)/Health & Safety Department regulates the manufacture, sale, and importation of chemical disinfectant and detergent household cleaning products. These products are to be registered prior to their placement in the Dubai market, and the individuals running the activities related to these products are required to be licensed in Dubai.

Disinfectants in the UAE are classified as per the intended application area (similar to Europe) as mentioned below:

Table 1: Classification of Disinfectants in the UAE

Human Hygiene

Surface Disinfectant

Veterinary Hygiene

Food and Feed Area

Water Disinfection

Insect Repellent

Used for Human Hygiene purposes, applied on or in contact with human skin or scalps (Hand Sanitizers, Antibacterial personal care products)

Disinfectants and algaecides not intended for direct application to humans or animals (floor disinfectant, multipurpose disinfectant, B2B disinfectant chemicals)

Used for veterinary hygiene purposes, disinfecting materials and surfaces associated with housing or transportation of animals (disinfectant used on farms)

Disinfection of materials, equipment, utensils, and surfaces associated with production, transport, and storage or consumption of food and feed for humans and animals (disinfectant used in food processing areas)


Disinfectants used in disinfection of water for both human and animal use but not including water disinfectant (swimming pool disinfectant)

Used to control harmful  organism such as invertebrates by repelling used on the skin (insect repellent sprays and creams


Further, detergents also cover a wide spectrum depending on intended use and application area as mentioned below:

Table 2: Classification of Detergents in the UAE

Detergent Cleaners

B2B (Industrial/ Institutional)

Food and Feed Area

Laundry detergents/Washing tablets/ Floor cleaners/ Kitchen cleaners/Drain cleaners/Stain removers, etc.

Industrial detergent chemicals/Hotel amenity detergents.

Detergents to be used in food processing areas, including slaughterhouses.

Table 3: Chemical Regulations in the UAE



Detergents/Cleaning products

General consumer Products



Local order no (11) 2003 concerning public health and safety of the society in the Emirate of Dubai.

Local order no (11) 2003 concerning public health and safety of the society in the Emirate of Dubai.

Federal Law No. 15 of 2020 on Consumer Protection.

Ministerial Decree No. (783) of 2015 regarding banned and restricted industrial chemicals in the United Arab Emirates.

Ministerial Decree No. 37 of 2001 concerning the Handling of Hazardous Materials, Hazardous Wastes & Medical Wastes 2001 GHS.

Registration Requirement





Process in Brief





Local Representative





Key Data Requirements

  1. Free Sale Certificate.
  2. Product Details and Product Characteristics.
  3. Manufacturer/Applicant Full Details.
  4. Full Ingredient Sheet
  5. Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  6. Efficacy Studies.
  7. Product Labels & Artwork.
  8. GHS Classification.





GHS is applicable in the UAE as The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the voice of the chemical and petrochemical industry in the Arabian Gulf, and the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO), the regional organization for national standardization bodies of GCC states have successfully published the first regional GHS standard on the occasion of World Environment Day 2022. The standard, entitled GSO 2654:2021 ‘Global Harmonized System (GHS) in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, was developed by GPCA and adopted by GSO with immediate effect on the territories of all six (06) GCC states.

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