Regulations in Middle East and Africa

Approbations

In some Countries, approbations are mandatory to ensure that specific products meet the requirements of the technical regulations and standards set by a regulatory authority in the importing Country.

In Middle East Africa Region, currently we can find approbation requirements in United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and Kenya.


United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Emirates Authority For Standardization and Metrology (ESMA)

ESMA was established as the sole Standardization Body in the UAE under the Law No. 28/2001. ESMA is responsible for developing and issuing UAE standards, which ensure consumers’ safety and environmental protection, and support the UAE economy and sustainability.

As of today, below regulations from ESMA are applicable for lighting products:

1) Technical Regulation No. 34: 2013 – Requirements for Approval and Registration of Lighting Products

The regulation requires the non-directional lamps - Linear fluorescent lamps, Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), Halogen lamps, LED lamps - to be registered with ESMA. The products must comply with the energy efficiency requirement as per UAE standard. Once the compliant products are registered with ESMA, the energy efficiency label showing the efficiency of the product must be placed on the package.

All the necessary information about Regulation No. 34 are available here.

2) UAE Cabinet Decision 10 of 2017 – Restriction on Hazardous Substances

This regulation is to control and limit the hazardous substance in electrical and electronic devices.

All the necessary information about UAE Cabinet Decision 10 of 2017 are available here.


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO)

SASO governors the organizational and executive tasks related to standards, metrology and quality, including laying down and accrediting Saudi standards of goods, products and services, measurement and calibration bodies, and procedures of conformity evaluation and certification.

As of today, below regulations from SASO are applicable for lighting products:

1) SASO-2870 (part 1) – Energy Efficiency, Functionality and Labelling Requirements for Lighting Products

As per SASO 2870 regulation, non-directional lamps, directional lamps, Incandescent lamps, Compact Fluorescent lamps with integrated ballast, Halogen lamps, LED lamps are regulated and these products have to be certified and energy efficiency label from SASO has to be printed on the package of compliant products.

All the necessary information about SASO-2870 (part 1) are available here.


Bahrain - Electricity and Water Authority, Kingdom of Bahrain (EWA)

EWA is responsible for monitoring the products meets the required standard set by the authority.

As of today, below regulations from EWA are applicable for lighting products:

1) Regulation for Non-directional Household Lamps, Order No. 3 of Year 2015. This regulation covers non-directional lamps, compact fluorescent lamps with integrated ballast (CFLi), halogen lamps, LED lamps to meet the energy efficiency requirement as per EWA standard.

All the necessary information about EWA Order No. 3 of Year 2015 are available here.


Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI)

SLSI is the National Standards Body of Sri Lanka, established under the Bureau of Ceylon Standards Act No. 38 of 1964. SLSI is responsible to promote and facilitate Standardization, Measurement, Quality Assurance and related activities in all sectors of the national economy.

As of today, below regulations from SLSI are applicable for lighting products:

1) The Energy efficiency labelling scheme for compact fluorescent lamps SLS 1225 provides the specifications of Energy Efficiency Rating for Self-ballasted Lamps (Integral Compact Fluorescent Lamps). SLSI offers this scheme to importers and manufacturers of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) to join the mandatory energy-labelling scheme, implemented by Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA). Permission to use the energy label will be granted by the SLSI only for the brands and the models of CFL compliant with SLS 1225 standards.

All the necessary information about SLS 1225 are available here.


Kenya - Bureau of Standards (KEBS)

KEBS is a statutory body established under the Standards Act (CAP 496) of the laws of Kenya. KEBS commenced its operations in July 1974.

As of today, below regulations from KEBS are applicable for lighting products:

1) The Energy (Appliances Energy Performance and Labelling) Regulations, 2016. Under this regulation, Self Ballasted lamps (CFL), Double Capped Fluorescent Lamps, Ballasts for Fluorescent lamps, require to comply with the KEBS standards. Once the products are approved by KEBS, energy label must be affixed on package.

All the necessary information about KEBS standards are available here.