Regulatory Services for Chemicals in UAE


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 UAE, Dubai Municipality/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 placing in the Dubai market, and the individuals running the activities related to these products are required to be licensed in Dubai.

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


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:

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 slaughterhouse



Biocide/ Disinfectant


/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


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 Datasheets

6. Efficacy studies

7. Product labels artwork

8. GHS classification






GHS is applicable in 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 Global Harmonized System 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 GCC states.

Keeping abreast with the stringent and changing global Regulatory dynamics for chemical products, Freyr can extensively support and provide the end-to-end scientific and chemical Regulatory services in UAE for placing the entire product portfolio.


Freyr Expertise

  • Product classification and Regulatory guidance
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  • Application preparation and submission for relevant introductions and renewals
  • Sustainability and packaging solutions
  • Regulatory intelligence
  • GB-based Only Representative service (OR service)
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  • Local presence in the market with relevant expertise and experience
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