New regulations set by the Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization (GSO) have made it mandatory to feature, among other information, the name of cosmetic and personal care products in Arabic on the packaging of products sold in the United Arab Emirates.

The new standard, GSO 1943/2016, lists the requirements and replaces GSO 1943/2009. The standard is expected to be adopted by the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in the months to come. As a reminder, the GCC member states are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

Importers in the UAE have until the beginning of January 2018 to comply with this regulation.

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