Emirates Quality Mark (EQM)
Approved Quality Meets Ease of Export
The Emirates Quality Mark (EQM) is a mark of conformity granted to those products that demonstrate compliance with the relevant UAE national, regional and/or international standards and are manufactured by an organization that implemented an effective quality management system to ensure continuous compliance.
In order to be granted the EQM license a comprehensive evaluation of the product as well as the quality system used by the manufacturer in production through auditing, testing and inspection is necessary.
The certificate will be valid for three years. An on-site audit might be necessary, but in many cases, based for example on product type or country of production, only a document review is necessary for the certification. If an on-site audit is necessary, it is subject to yearly on-site surveillance audits.
The EQM is both a voluntary and a mandatory mark. If manufacturers would like to add consumer confidence in their products and the product is not subject to regulation by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), the EQM can for most products be chosen as a voluntary mark.
As a mandatory mark the following products are subject to regulation:
- Bottled drinking water, natural mineral water.
- Most juices and beverages.
- Some milk and dairy products
The EQM is highly recommended for:
- AC and DC low voltage wires and cables.
- Electric storage water heaters.
The EQM License for regulated products can be used to clear shipments with customs instead of the ECAS Certificate of Conformity. This makes the EQM especially valuable for products with a high volume of shipments into the region.