Up to Dh1-million fine, UAE announces new laws regarding health sector

Regulations for private healthcare facilities, the creation of a national register, and rules relating to veterinary medicine are also included in the statutes.

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Stringent Laws Enforced by UAE Government

Penalties of up to Dh1 million are laid forth in laws governing the healthcare sector that have been authorized by the UAE government.

Those who work in the field without a license or provide false documentation to obtain one risk imprisonment and fines ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 dirhams. A healthcare center must also be shut down if it is discovered to be run by just one individual.

Licensing and False Documentation Penalties

For an assortment of healthcare professions, such as those in nursing, labs, medical physics, functional therapy, physiotherapy, aesthetics, anesthesia, audiology, and radiology, the law controls the practice of non-doctors and pharmacists.

No one is authorized to practice a health profession without the proper authorization, according to the law. A bachelor's degree or a nationally recognized health profession qualification is required to obtain a license. Both good moral character and physical fitness are requirements for professionals to carry out their jobs.

Medical national registry

All licensed healthcare professionals in the country will be required to register with a national medical board in compliance with the law. This will be done by the Ministry of Health and Prevention. The federal registry must be joined by private registers created by health authorities.

Healthcare practitioners are not allowed to guide patients to a certain pharmacy or sell or promote drugs or samples to patients.


A person who works in the field without a license but meets the requirements to get one may be hit with a punishment ranging from Dh10,000 to Dh100,000.

The director or manager of a healthcare facility who disobeys the legislation is subject to a punishment ranging from $1,000 to $500,000. His or her medical license will also be temporarily suspended.

Depending on the infringement, a facility that is found to be in violation of the law may be subject to fines between Dh1,000 and Dh1,000,000 as well as temporary or permanent closure.

veterinarians' offices

The updated expertise requirements for Emirati veterinarians and fresh graduates to pursue the profession are part of the legislative revisions. Certain expenses are waived for veterinarians and medical assistants.

Amendments also make it possible for foreign investors and businesses to create and own veterinary facilities in an effort to boost foreign investment. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has created a national register for veterinarians, practitioners, and assistants who are allowed to work in the country.

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