In addition to the requirements provided in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) requires certain milk and dairy products to be registered. The mandatory registration system includes milk and dairy products including yoghurt/flavoured yoghurt, trans-fatty acids, raw milk, flavoured milk, leben/flavoured leben, camel milk and goat milk sold in the UAE. An official label confirming product registration — the ECAS Mark of Conformity — must be applied to products before import into the UAE. Some products are exempt from this requirement, notably raw products intended for further processing, products with special medicinal use and infant formula.
The ECAS is administered by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA). To be eligible to register products with ESMA, suppliers must demonstrate compliance to all relevant UAE regulations via a Certificate of Conformity. A Certificate of Conformity is issued by third party certification bodies that have been approved by ESMA. Refer to a
list of approved certification bodies (PDF 148 KB).
ESMA has advised the Department that products that are eligible for Australian Government export certification are able to be assessed for a Certificate of Conformity via a document review. A single approval is required for groups of products of the same type (e.g.: yoghurts). After successfully obtaining a Certificate of Conformity, exporters must apply to ESMA for a licence to use the ECAS Mark of Conformity.
The Department understands that imported products that do not bear the ECAS Mark of Conformity are not allowed to be distributed for sale in the UAE. Active market surveillance is in force ensuring products conform with these requirements.
Further information can be obtained by contacting any of the approved certification companies ESMA via