Quality mark now mandatory for child seats in UAE
Stabilised child restraint products in vehicles will not be allowed to be sold in the UAE unless there is a matching certificate stating that the seat complies with the country’s standards, according to a senior official.
Abdullah Al Maeeni, Director General of the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), said the move is in line with international best practices.
ESMA marks the entry into force of the UAE Cabinet Resolution No. 27 of 2017 for the control of child restraint units installed in vehicles.
The authority has received four requests from major companies in the UAE, during which eight types of children’s seats products were recorded, the official added.
ESMA’s Department of Conformity Affairs has started conducting awareness campaigns for traders and suppliers.
On Sunday, the UAE will commence the the Gulf Traffic Week celebrations.
In July 2017, the UAE Cabinet issued the resolution No. 27 of 2017, which came into force in early March.
The resolution requires all merchants and suppliers to obtain a certificate of conformity with the ESMA before introducing new products in the markets for sale.
The official said that the aim of the sesolution is to provide safe products that conform to the international standards.
To ensure this, the companies have an obligation to use the approved models, said the official.
Manufacturers and traders are also mandated to provide the necessary documents that prove the compatibility of the product with all the requirements of the ministerial decision.
One of the most important requirements is to provide traders with instructions and explanatory data in Arabic and English on the product and to attach instruction manuals with each product, he added.
The regulations cover the installation and maintenance standards.
It also contributes to raising the quality of the products traded in the country and strengthens the national economy in the industrial and commercial sectors.
The official said the ESMA will put in place monitoring programmes and market surveys for these products in coordination with the concerned regulatory authorities at the local level in each emirate, in conjunction with the beginning of the mandatory application of ESMA.