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United Arab Emirates
Organization/agency name (Full name):
Abu Dhbai Food Control Authority
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Country introduction


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation and sovereign state that was founded on 2 December 1971. The country is made up of seven emirates, namely Abu Dhabi (the capital), Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah.

The head of state of the UAE is President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He was elected on 3 November, 2004 as the second president of the UAE, following the demise of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first President of the UAE, on 2 November, 2004.

The UAE has extensive diplomatic and commercial relations with other countries. It plays a significant role in  OPEC and the UN, and is one of the founding members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

UAE has the second largest economy in the GCC (after Saudi Arabia), with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $377 billion (1.38 trillion AED) in 2012.

UAE's economy has grown by nearly 231 times to 1.45 trillion AED in 2013. The non-oil trade has grown to 1.2 trillion AED, a growth by around 28 times from 1981 to 2012. UAE is ranked as the 26th best nation in the world for doing business based on its economy and regulatory environment, ranked by the Doing Business 2017 Report published by the World Bank Group.

Dubai International Airport was the busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic in 2014. A 1,200 km (750 mi) country-wide railway is under construction which will connect all the major cities and ports.


UAE launched a successful bid for Expo 2020 with Dubai. The win is unprecedented in the region. World Expos are a meeting point for the global community to share innovations and make progress on issues such as the global economy, sustainable development and improved quality of life. World Expos can be a catalyst for economic, cultural and social transformation and generates legacies for the host city and nation.





Regulatory framework:
My country has a regulatory framework that requires the competent authority to conduct safety assessment of GM food.
Structure for GM food safety assessment:
My country has competent authority, agency, organization, ministry, department, committee, commission or a system/mechanism that is tasked to conduct or review GM food safety assessment.
Supplemental information:

UAE has developed eight standards to ensure GM foods are safe

The UAE has developed around eight standards for genetically modified foods as it is committed to safeguarding the community and ensuring that all products introduced into the market conform to a high standard of safety.



Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:

Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology




GM food safety assessment guidelines:
My country follows national/regional guidelines that are not in line with the Codex Guidelines in conducting safety assessment of GM food.
Conduct of GM food safety assessment:
My country regularly conducts food safety assessment of GM food.
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Stacked events
Regulation of stacked events:
In my country, GM food/feed that contains stacked event(s) is considered as a new product even if all single events that are stacked have already approved.
Supplemental information on the stacked events:
Production and trade
GM food/feed production:
My country produces GM food or feed for commercial and research purposes.
GM food/feed imports:
My country allows imports GM food or feed upon authorization.
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LLP/AP incidents
LLP/AP incidents:
My country does not monitor LLP/AP situations.
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Labelling requirement
Labelling requirement:
My country has a mandatory and positive labeling regulation on GM food (i.e., It contains GMO).
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Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
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