Health supplements, food supplements and similar products are required to be registered with Montaji to enter the UAE.
Montaji (Arabic for “my product”) is a health & safety department within the Dubai Municipality controlling consumer products entering UAE specifically through Dubai ports. Following are the services provided by Montaji for consumer products:
- Product registration
- Issuance of Import and re-export permits
- Issuance of Free Sale Certificate
- Issuance of Health Certificate
Apart from supplements, the following products are required to be registered with Montaji:
- Health supplements
- Biocides (disinfectant & sanitizers)
- Cosmetics & personal care products
The type of supplements that can be registered with Montaji are as follows:
- Amino Acids
- Dietary Fibre
- Fatty Acids
- Hydrating Formula
- Sports Supplement
- Vitamins & Minerals
Application for registration of the consumer products can be made through the Montaji portal only. Unlike in the case of food registration with Dubai Municipality, Montaji registration of a product is specific to the applicant company and the certificate is issued to the same, hence only that entity can import & distribute the product in the UAE. The resgistration is valid for 5 years.
There is an important consideration when registering health supplements or food supplements with Montaji. Either due to the presentation (i.e. artwork, label) or claims or ingredients, the health supplement or food supplement may be classified as food or food for special dietary/medical use. And will no longer be applicable for registration with Montaji.