A number of new lighting related regulations have entered into force or are due to enter into force between the summer months and the beginning of 2018 in the Middle East region. Our MELA newsletter due to be published in the first half of September will provide details of each new regulation. For additional information please contact the MELA Secretariat on firstname.lastname@example.org.
EGYPT – Decision No. 9 12 June 2017. Entry into force on 12 July 2017. On 19 June 2017, the Egyptian Minister for Trade and Industry issued Decision No. 912 regarding Compulsory Energy Efficiency Labelling of Certain Electrical Appliances and Lighting Modules. Manufacturers and importers of certain electrical appliances and lighting modules must mark the products with the energy efficiency label in accordance with the relevant standards. The electrical appliances listed include: air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, water heaters, electric fans, dishwashers, televisions, electric lamps and light bulbs. The Egyptian Standards Organisation is the authority responsible for testing the energy efficiency levels of the products. Manufacturers and importers have a 3 month transitional periods to comply with the requirements of this Decision.
JORDAN – General Environmental Protection Law No. 6/2017. The Law is composed of 32 Articles. Entry into force date as of 16 Apr 2017. More detail will be provided in the MELA newsletter due to be published in the first half of September 2017.
KUWAIT – Regulation KW 71. A ban on the importation of the following products as of 1 August 2017. The Public Authority for Industry (PAI) has issued a directive to phase out all incandescent tungsten filament Lamps and equivalent halogen lamp for general lighting purposes in all forms, sizes and bases operating on domestic and commercial voltage 230-240 volts and in particular the bulbs with bases E27, E14, B22. It’s also includes halogen bulbs operating with a voltage of 12 volts working through an adapter from 230/240 to 12 volts.
SAUDI ARABIA – ENERGY EFFICIENCY, FUNCTIONALITY AND LABELLING REQUIREMENTS FOR LIGHTING PRODUCTS – PART 2 i.e. Commercial and Professional Lighting is in its final stages of consultation with industry and other stakeholders prior to its formal review process with the World Trade Organisation. Entry into force date as yet unknown.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Regulation No. 17, 2017. Entry into force date as of 1 January 2018. Restrictions on the Use of Hazardous Materials in Electronic and Electrical Devices Control Scheme, Regulation No. 17, 2017. Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (ESMA) has informed the market that United Arab Emirates RoHS regulation was finalised on 10 April 2017. ESMA has shared the adopted text, which has been signed and numbered, but as yet is only available in Arabic. The scheme will apply to the products falling under the categories as mentioned in Annex 1. Restricted substances and maximum concentration values tolerated by weight in homogeneous materials are set out in Annex 2 and mirror those established in EU RoHS. Annexes 3 and 4 specify applications exempted from restrictions.