Guide on Cosmetic Product Registration in Dubai

by Zaara 10, Oct 2019

Guide on Cosmetic Product Registration in Dubai

Dubai provides one of the best opportunities for merchants around the globe to import, manufacture, re-export, and distribute a large number of products, including cosmetics, food, health, and many others. The Emirates is a hub for trade between different markets on an international level. Therefore, the country has made it mandatory to register your product before starting a business.

The cosmetic market is growing at a rapid pace. Being ranked among the world's highest per capita spenders on cosmetic products, the Emirate of Dubai is stated to be turning into one of the best beauty and personal care markets. Concerning the import and export of cosmetic products, the government of Dubai issues a mandatory regulation regarding cosmetic product registration. This regulation applies to all the cosmetic products manufactured industrially and placed in the Dubai market wherein the manufacture, packaging, distribution, and trade of cosmetic products should be first registered with the Dubai Municipality.

What is a Product Registration?

The primary concern of doing the cosmetic registration is consumer safety wherein the process allows the CPSS (Consumer Products Safety Section) to evaluate the safety of cosmetic products when applying on skin, hair, or any exposed body part. However, with due registration, no cosmetic product will be manufactured, exported, imported, advertised, sold, and distributed in Dubai without registration. The registration of cosmetic product is valid only for five years.

Why is it Compulsory to Register a Product in Dubai?

A research was conducted by the DM where they found toxic chemicals used in numerous cosmetics. It was also found that, for nearly 3000 products, around 30% lead, 20/5 chromium, and 25% arsenic was mixed. Therefore, the DM made it compulsory to follow the guidelines for registering a product before taking it to the market. Other reasons where-

  • To limit the trade of artificial and harmful products in the local market
  • To assure the safety of consumers and maintain the quality of the product

Benefits of Doing Product Registration in Dubai

  • Import and re-export rights
  • Label protection
  • Hassle-free trade-in and outside UAE
  • Brand protection

Functions of Cosmetic Product Registration in the UAE

  • To protect
  • To clean
  • To perfume
  • To correct body odours
  • To keep in good condition
  • To change the appearance

Guidelines for Cosmetic Product Registration in Dubai

  • Cosmetic product registration is necessary before selling the product in the local market
  • Any company that wants to manufacture, import, distribute, or sell any beauty product must independently register that product. Registration is valid on a company level and needs the presence of a valid trade/industrial license in the UAE with the relevant activity
  • The product must comply with the recommended health and safety specifications highlighted in CPSS
  • In case the product gets rejected, the Product Assessment Report is given, and such product is not permitted to be distributed in the local market

Procedure to Register Your Cosmetic Product in Dubai

To register your product, you must have a registered company. The company must have a trade license in the United Arab Emirates as only a UAE company go for Dubai Municipality product registration. The business activity must be cosmetic or general trading.

The further steps are explained as under-

  1. The applicant must have the Certificate of Free Sales (CFS) from the country of origin and issued by the health authority or a recognized body. Apart from this, a Data Analysis report regarding the ingredients, chemical and physical properties of the product from a manufacturing company of the product, and laboratory test report either from the country of origin or from the Dubai Central Laboratory is mandatory
  2. Fill a product registration form available at the Dubai Municipality office
  3. The form must be filled according to the technical instructions available through the e-form program
  4. Apply for a label assessment of the product category. A sample of each product must be provided to CPSS. One can only submit label design slip of the product along with the application details
  5. When the CPSS reviews the label, they issue a Cosmetic Label Assessment Report which contains product description as well as details along with the remarks for modifying the report, is necessary
  6. The next step is the labelling of the product. The concerned person including a manufacturer, importer, supplier, distributor, and retailer must ensure that the products fulfil the mandatory information standard

The original certificate is issued once everything is reviewed.

Documents Required for Registration

  • Certificate of company registration
  • Laboratory test report
  • Certificate of free sales
  • The analysis report of the product

List of Cosmetic Products for Registration in Dubai

  • Creams, emulsions, lotions, gels and oils for the skin (hands, face, feet, etc.)
  • Tinted bases (liquids, pastes, powders)
  • Face masks (with the exception of peeling products)
  • Makeup powders, after bath powders, hygienic powders, etc.
  • Deodorants and anti per aspirants
  • Products for nail care as well as the product which are used to make up
  • Haircare products as well as Hair tints and bleaches
  • Perfumes, toilet waters and Eau de Cologne
  • Toilet soaps, deodorant soaps, etc.
  • The product which is used in the bath as well as shower like salts, foams, oils, gels, etc.
  • Depilatories Products for external intimate hygiene
  • Setting products Cleansing products (lotions, powders, shampoos) Conditioning products (lotions, creams, oils) Hairdressing products (lotions, lacquers, brilliantine)
  • Shaving products (creams, foams, lotions)
  • Product for waving, straightening and fixing
  • Products for making up and removing make-up from the face and eyes
  • Sunbathing products
  • Anti-wrinkle products.
  • Products for tanning without sun
  • Products for care of the teeth as well as mouth
  • Skin whitening products
  • Products that are fully made for the lips

Government Schemes

The government of the UAE has created a scheme for Cosmetics and Personal Care Products, under which the companies in Dubai selling goods must comply with certain requirements related to the quality, packaging, and label requirements of cosmetics.

How can Commitbiz help you?

Now you know why it is crucial to register your product before commencing business in Dubai. We at Commitbiz can help you with the registration of your cosmetic products. Not just product registration, we also help with services like company registration, business incorporation, accounting and bookkeeping, corporate secretarial services, IP, local sponsor, and PRO services. Contact us today- we’d be happy to assist you. 


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