Abu Dhabi takes steps to ensure safety in residential buildings with launch of conformity scheme for window fixtures
- United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, September 25 - 2012 at 13:30
- PRESS RELEASE
The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), responsible for the development of quality infrastructure and raising awareness on quality in Abu Dhabi, has launched a 'Window Safety Fixtures Conformity Scheme'.
The conformity scheme aims to enhance public safety standards through ensuring protection for balconies, windows or openings that lead to outdoor areas. The Window Safety Conformity Scheme was developed in consultation with DMA and Abu Dhabi Civil Defense to additionally ensure safety precautions for window fixtures.
With immediate effect, QCC has called upon all suppliers and manufacturers of window fixtures to apply for quality certification. New and existing buildings in Abu Dhabi are also stipulated to comply with the standards outlined in the scheme. Products that achieve certification, through formal testing against the criteria specified in the scheme, will be granted a Certificate of Conformity and licensed to carry QCC Trustmark in product promotion and merchandising.
His Excellency Hussain Salem Al Katheeri, Secretary General, QCC, said: "As a council responsible for the development of quality infrastructure, we are constantly working with the concerned entities, towards identifying risks and controlling products that assure public safety. The 'Window Fixtures Conformity Scheme' aims to ensure that all residential buildings in Abu Dhabi conform to quality and safety standards as mandated by DMA in order to prevent the recurrence of accidents and enhance public security."
Salem bin Khaled Al Qassimi, Acting Product Conformity Director, QCC, said: "A conformity scheme is a detailed assessment to determine whether a product or service meets specific requirements and standards. Applicants that gain the QCC certification under the conformity scheme will be permitted to use the Abu Dhabi Trustmark as evidence of meeting the standards mandated by the Department of Municipal Affairs."
The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council was established in 2009 to raise the quality of the emirate's exports and locally traded products, while protecting the interest of consumers and supporting the UAE's competitive economy. This is achieved through empowering regulators to establish and implement product safety, legal metrology and conformity schemes. QCC also sets guidelines and benchmarks to identify and verify that the products manufactured and traded in Abu Dhabi conform to the highest quality standards.
The Window Fixtures Conformity Scheme is the second conformity scheme introduced by QCC. The earlier scheme for Water Efficient Fixtures was launched in August this year.
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