Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council to begin operations this month
- United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, February 16 - 2011 at 10:18
- PRESS RELEASE
The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council has started its operational activities in Abu Dhabi Emirate focusing on the continuous development of technical infrastructure to ensure that products meet standards; setting of consumer product safety standards and market surveillance to ensure compliance; and development of conformity programs to enable consumers and industry to identify products and materials that meet standards such as recycled materials, or energy and water efficient products.
The QCC is currently working to establish the UAE's first Metrology Center that will ensure measurements in the Emirate are accurate to international standards - a key technical requirement for modern and globally integrated economies. The QCC is also working with international partners and local regulators to establish a best-in-class central testing laboratory with the ability to conduct testing in various disciplines and issue certificates of conformity for products and systems in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
H.E. Nasser Ahmed Alsowaidi, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council commented in support of the Council's vision, saying "The UAE, led by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, may God protect him, has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world, in accordance with plans for development and improvement in all areas of the economy. This requires increased reliance on best practices and technical infrastructure used in developed countries to enhance competitiveness and product safety, and provide an environment for trading of goods according to the best quality standards."
He added that the launch of the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity coincided with the Emirate's start towards the Economic Vision 2030. "As the Emirate's leadership is bringing about change to build a knowledge-based economy, and therefore a commitment to the best quality standards, ensuring conformity to standards is an essential pillar in modern economies. This represents the essence of the economic vision of the Abu Dhabi 2030 plan" said Al Sowaidi, stressing that the diligent follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council to translate the aspirations of the leadership to advance economic growth, increase investment and diversification in the economy, and activate increased partnership with the private sector.
H.E. Hussain Salem Al Katheeri, Secretary General of Quality and Conformity Council commented "Over the past six months the Council has worked to build a base of trust with its partners in both government and industry, and has worked to build a common understanding of the need for quality. Additionally, the Council has completed its foundation activities including attracting expertise and developing a roadmap to guide the full implementation of the Council and the required technical infrastructure for the Emirate."
"Our goal in the Council is to develop the Emirate's competitiveness through a culture of quality and by raising the level of efficiency and productivity in the public and private sectors. We also need to ensure that products and services in the Emirate conform to UAE and international standards" said Al Katheeri, pointing out that the openness to international markets requires the existence of an entity to ensure quality products and goods from abroad conform to approved local and internationally standards.
Al Katheeri mentioned that the Council will work through conformity schemes that will accommodate a variety of activities with cooperation of relevant industry and regulators. He also stressed that the Council is keen to develop cooperation with the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) to implement the Federal program of standards in Abu Dhabi, as well as to limit the products that pose a danger to consumer safety.
Over the next few months the Council will begin the process of market surveillance and verification of measurement instruments used in the market; such as scales and meters. QCC will verify and seal instruments, enabling retailers to clearly indicate that the measurement equipment conforms to UAE and international standards.
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