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UAE set to clamp down on 2-pin plugs next year

UAE to block import of devices with two-pin plugs from 2012

UAE set to clamp down on 2-pin plugs next year
2 pin plugs, although common on CE and IT devices, do not comply with UAE/BS 1363-5 standard.

The UAE will restrict the entry of appliances and electrical equipment with two-pin plugs in 2012, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) said on Saturday.

Following a meeting with traders and manufacturers, ESMA said all electrical plugs for appliance (below 13 amps) must be three-pin plugs to ensure safety.

The directive is expected to reduce the usage of plug adaptors, which the ESMA said "are potential fire hazards".

Mohammad Saleh Badri, acting director general, ESMA, said: "Manufacturers and traders need to adopt the UAE/BS 1363-5 standard for all home and office appliances sold in the UAE.

"UAE sockets are made to accept plugs, which meet very exact requirements. And if the plug is not UAE/BS 1363-5 compliant, the end-user has to resort to other ways of meeting those dimensions by using a pointed object to open the earth pin, and that is not safe."

He added that a number of two-pin plugs are still being sold in the UAE but this would be phased out by ESMA.

"We are also in discussions with UAE custom authorities to restrict the entry of appliances that do not comply with UAE standards upon the implementation of this regulation,” Badri said.

The UAE/BS 1363-5 model is based on a British Standard, ESMA added in a statement.

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