Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, QCC, the entity responsible for developing an infrastructure of quality in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has announced the results of the verification and inspection of products, legal measuring instruments and pre-packaged goods in the markets of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during the period from January 1st to September 30th 2019.

A total of 56,983 items of various products in the market were inspected, ranging from toys, household electrical appliances, vehicle tyres, smoking products and household cleaners. As a result, 2,201 items were corrected and 5,453 items recalled for non-compliance with safety and quality requirements. Details of these products can be found by visiting the website www.manaa.esma.gov.ae.

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide safe and fair markets in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Council, within the framework of the authorization agreement signed with the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology, has verified the accuracy of 7,454 legal measuring instruments and the validity of the quantities in 15,400 pre-packaged products belonging to 555 food products at factories and suppliers.

The verified legal measuring instruments included retail scales, jewelry scales, Arabic oud and perfume scales, scales used in shipping operations, floor scales, fuel pump meters at ADNOC service stations, and medical measuring instruments. Measuring instruments that do not meet the requirements have been retained until they are maintained and re-verified to ensure that they meet all mandatory requirements in accordance with the regulations for each instrument.

Speaking on the announcement, Sultan Al Mehairi, spokesperson for the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council,: "The inspection campaigns come as part of the Council's ongoing efforts to achieve its vision of improving quality infrastructure and contributing to empowering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi globally and its mission to develop a quality infrastructure that promotes quality culture, industrial development, competitiveness and consumer safety, in line with the objectives set by Abu Dhabi's plans to build a sustainable and globally competitive economy."

He pointed out that QCC has specialized technical teams and inspectors who have the status of judicial officers who carry out verifications of legal measurement tools and pre-packaged products on a daily basis throughout the Emirate.

The Council calls on companies, traders and factories working in the industrial and commercial sectors to apply for the Abu Dhabi Trustmark, which increases the confidence of customers in their products and contributes to supporting the efforts of QCC in establishing Abu Dhabi as a global destination for investment with a quality infrastructure.

The Council ensures that the accuracy of legal measuring instruments such as scales and fuel pumps, and the contents of pre-packaged products comply with the mandatory requirements in accordance with legislation and regulations in the UAE, after which the Council attaches the golden check mark (verified) on all measuring instruments to indicate the validity and accuracy of the readings of each tool.

The Abu Dhabi Quality Council is the first government agency in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to receive international accreditation in accordance with ISO / IEC 17020: 2012 in the field of verification of legal measurement instruments, reflecting its commitment to the wise leadership’s directions towards achieving Abu Dhabi's plan and vision.

The inspection operations also included a range of household electrical appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, cooking appliances such as electric kettles, deep-fat fryers, grills and ovens, as well as personal care products such as shavers, amongst others. The Council ensures that these products comply with quality and safety requirements in accordance with their specifications and technical regulations in order for them to obtain the Certificate of Conformity (ECAS) issued by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology.

These types of product should always utilise a three-pin plug and have an energy efficiency label (if applicable) provided by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology for high-energy consuming products in homes such as air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines and clothes dryers to show the electrical device's energy consumption. The higher the number of stars on the label, the lower the energy consumption.

Children's toys, cigarette and tobacco products, household cleaners and vehicle tyres were also inspected during the quarter to ensure their compliance with quality and safety requirements in accordance with their specifications and technical regulations.

QCC inspectors issue warnings to non-compliant establishments and confiscate non-conforming products until the required corrective actions are completed and verified before allowing them to be re-sold. The inspectors visited a number of factories and commercial establishments and verified pre-packaged products. The number of verified items during this period was 15,400 packs from 555 different products, including food, detergents and personal care items, whether they are manufactured locally or imported.

The Council called on consumers to make sure that there are gold verification check marks on measuring equipment (scales or fuel pumps) before buying any product. In case a measuring instrument is found that does not have this mark or has the red rejection mark, this should be reported to the government through the Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre at 800555.

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 interests of consumers and support the UAE’s competitive economy. The QCC empowers regulators to establish and implement product safety, metrology and conformity schemes. The Council also sets guidelines and benchmarks to verify that products manufactured and traded in Abu Dhabi conform to the highest quality standards.


© Press Release 2019

Disclaimer: The contents of this press release was provided from an external third party provider. This website is not responsible for, and does not control, such external content. This content is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis and has not been edited in any way. Neither this website nor our affiliates guarantee the accuracy of or endorse the views or opinions expressed in this press release.

The press release is provided for informational purposes only. The content does not provide tax, legal or investment advice or opinion regarding the suitability, value or profitability of any particular security, portfolio or investment strategy. Neither this website nor our affiliates shall be liable for any errors or inaccuracies in the content, or for any actions taken by you in reliance thereon. You expressly agree that your use of the information within this article is at your sole risk.

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, this website, its parent company, its subsidiaries, its affiliates and the respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, advertisers, content providers and licensors will not be liable (jointly or severally) to you for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, incidental, punitive or exemplary damages, including without limitation, lost profits, lost savings and lost revenues, whether in negligence, tort, contract or any other theory of liability, even if the parties have been advised of the possibility or could have foreseen any such damages.