Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council’s (QCC) Emirates Institute for Metrology (EIM) and the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Hellenic Institute of Metrology at the National Quality Infrastructure System in Greece seeking to strengthen cooperation between the entities in the field of metrology.
The Hellenic Institute of Metrology, EIM, is the national metrology organization of Greece and the official advisor of the Greek state in issues related to metrology and measurements.
Recently instituted by the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, the Emirates Institute of Metrology seeks to establish the latest measurement standards in the areas of mass and dimension, temperature, flow and pressure, as well as in electrical, time and frequency measurements.
The agreement was signed between Angelos Tolkas, President and Managing Director of the Hellenic Institute of Metrology at the National Quality Infrastructure System, His Excellency Dr Helal Humaid Al Kaabi, Executive Director of QCC’s Emirates Metrology Centre, and Engineer Mohammed Ahmed Al Mulla, Director of Metrology Department at the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) and President of Gulf Metrology Association (GULFMET).
Under the agreement, the Hellenic Institute of Metrology will leverage its exhaustive industry experience to promote scientific research at the Emirates Institute of Metrology in Abu Dhabi and develop it into a pioneering centre of excellence in metrology at a regional and international level.
The MoU also mandates the Greece-based organisation to host convention workshops and orientation sessions for the UAE national workforce at the Emirates Institute of Metrology. In addition, it will facilitate the exchange of technical consultation between the two parties.
His Excellency Dr Hilal Al Hamid Al Kaabi, Executive Director of the Emirates Institute of Metrology of the QCC, said: “The Hellenic Institute of Metrology comprises three independent entities associated with the field of standardisation that collectively support the Greek national system for quality to ensure the delivery of high-quality and reliable services in the country. Signing this agreement with the organisation articulates QCC’s strategic vision to develop Emirati expertise at EIM. The training programmes conducted by the National Quality Infrastructure System will empower our national workforce to gain competency in the latest software used in the measurement and standardisation process.
“The agreement will also enhance mutual cooperation between the two parties to achieve a series of core measurement standards that meet international requirements. This will allow the Emirates Institute of Metrology to launch globally accepted set of calibrations for industrial companies, commercial and calibration laboratories in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE. We are confident that our initiative to collaborate with international entities will eventually raise the quality of all products and services retailed to customers in our emirate.”
Mohammed Ahmed Al Mulla, Director of Metrology Department at the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) and President of Gulf Metrology Association, said: “ESMA welcomes this agreement that will strengthen national capabilities in the field of measurement and calibration, and reflect positively on the national economy through the provision of scientifically based measurement standards. It will particularly drive the UAE’s aim to eliminate intra-regional trade barriers between countries. The efforts undertaken by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology will drive the development of the UAE’s metrology sector through implementing a national system of measurement that conforms to an international system of units. Such a step will also allow the UAE to advance in its aspiration to join the Meter Convention, the most prominent international convention in the science of measurement.”
Al Mulla added: “The UAE has made a significant leap in the field of metrology through concerted national efforts. This is evident in the confidence placed in the Gulf Association for Metrology, which seeks to be a key regional organisation active in the area of standards. The Association has received new applications for membership from countries with outstanding global expertise such as South Korea, Egypt, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. We also have the Turkish National Institute of Metrology as a member in addition to all the Gulf States.”
The board of directors of the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council consists of a number of regulators that are committed to the development of quality infrastructure in Abu Dhabi in line with best international standards. The Council also supports the regulators through the development and provision of conformity schemes for various products retailed in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.