We continue in this second half of the year to have numerous lighting related regulatory developments in many of the countries we support. In Jordan the Environmental Protection Law No. 6/2017 addresses the management of hazardous substances and the overall protection of the environment. In Kuwait Regulation KW 71 acts to phase out the importation and sales of various light sources as of 1st August 2017 and in UAE Restrictions on the Use of Hazardous Materials in Electronic and Electrical Devices Control Scheme, Regulation No. 17, 2017 will formally enter into force in 2018. Last month the Egyptian Minister for Trade and Industry issued a decision regarding Compulsory Energy Efficiency Labelling of Certain Electrical Appliances and Lighting Modules.
In addition to these developments, MELA members have been fully engaged in supporting efforts of the Saudi Arabian Standards Organisation (SASO) in the drafting of the regulation for Commercial and Professional Lighting (also known as Part 2). This is due to be submitted to the World Trade Organisation in the coming weeks pending its entry into force in 2018.
Many of these developments have been in the pipeline but some have a tendency to surface without warning due to a lack of transparency and limited communication effort. We are therefore constantly working to provide information as the relevant regulatory initiatives arise. A more detailed view can be seen in our Lighting Policy Forecast where as in previous issues we provide information on the most prominent mover countries starting to emerge in the lighting regulatory field, and we provide an idea of the scope of the various regulations and dates of entry into force, in order to anticipate the necessary business decisions. The new edition can be accessed from our site via the following link http://middleeastlighting.ae/newsletters/