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Engine Oil Rules in UAE - ESMA Certification

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On 1/23/2017 at 11:17 AM, Rahimdad said:

OMG! I have ever in my life seen engine so bad, with only 70K Kms on the clock this is unacceptable. Can't blame the driver completely if he is asked to maintain the vehicle at a certain garage. In UAE there is a rule against everything, why don't they have rules as to what oil a garage can keep or not and regular inspections to make sure the regulations are being followed.

Actually, there are rules in UAE that forces engine oil manufacturers or traders (Oil Marketing Companies) to get their products certified by ESMA (Emirates Standardization & Metrology Authority). Federal law no. 28 of 2001 empowers ESMA to force manufacturers and traders selling consumer products (including engine oil) to get their product certified. Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) need to prove their products are complying with UAE standard GSO 1785-2013. This standard requires minimum API Service Categories (SJ) for gasoline engine lubricants & (CH-4) for diesel engines lubricants among other requirements.

Many local OMCs will just write whatever they need consumers to read on their product labels without getting the product certified by ESMA and they will still be able to sell in the UAE market.


On the ground, enforcing ESMA compliance on OMCs is still "under development". A good practice by engine oil consumers is to ask for ESMA ECAS or ESMA EQM Certificate before buying engine oil. This certificate should be available in garages, spare part shops and other outlets for reputable brands upon request.

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Welcome @AMH to Carnity and thanks for shedding light on official rules for Engine Oil in UAE as per ESMA guidelines. I think we all should follow this minimum certification standard before buying any Engine Oil.

I assume with your designation, you work with Mobil 1. Do you mind sharing the images highlighting what exact part we should be looking on the label to make sure it complies the ESMA regulations?

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@AMH glad to have you on board brother. Thanks for sharing best practices by consumer.

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2 hours ago, AMH said:

Actually, there are rules in UAE that forces engine oil manufacturers or traders (Oil Marketing Companies) to get their products certified by ESMA (Emirates Standardization & Metrology Authority). Federal law no. 28 of 2001 empowers ESMA to force manufacturers and traders selling consumer products (including engine oil) to get their product certified. Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) need to prove their products are complying with UAE standard GSO 1785-2013. This standard requires minimum API Service Categories (SJ) for gasoline engine lubricants & (CH-4) for diesel engines lubricants among other requirements.

Many local OMCs will just write whatever they need consumers to read on their product labels without getting the product certified by ESMA and they will still be able to sell in the UAE market.


On the ground, enforcing ESMA compliance on OMCs is still "under development". A good practice by engine oil consumers is to ask for ESMA ECAS or ESMA EQM Certificate before buying engine oil. This certificate should be available in garages, spare part shops and other outlets for reputable brands upon request.

ADNOC voyager is ESMA certified and is categorized as SN And not all garages would keep the certificates.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Abdullah Ghafar said:

ADNOC voyager is ESMA certified and is categorized as SN And not all garages would keep the certificates.

 

 

Government owned OMCs are all ESMA certified. Many other private local brands are not.

If an outlet is selling an ESMA controlled product it should have its certificate ready for ESMA or DED inspections if they don't have EQM or ECAS quality marks printed on product labels.

 

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