The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) recently hosted a workshop for soil and construction material testing laboratories as part of the proficiency testing programme.
The workshop highlighted the results of theproficiency testing programmethat achieved a 40% increase in the technical competency of the soil and construction material laboratories, increasing from 57% in 2014, to 97% in 2017.
The improvement was achieved due to the capacity development and training programmes offered by QCC over the past years to help the dedicated laboratories ensure compliance with best international standards.
The proficiency testing programmedeveloped by QCC includes the requirements and specifications outlined by Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport and the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City for all relevant laboratories.
It also mandates compliance with Abu Dhabi-specific quality and conformity requirements for all testing and calibration laboratories which were approved by QCC in 2014.
The programme comprises a total of 90 different tests conducted as per local and international specifications covering a variety of materials including sand, gravel, concrete, brick, interlocking, and reinforcement iron.
The workshop was attended by quality engineers, laboratory technicians, quality laboratory managers, representatives of accreditation bodies, regulators and legislators and quality consultants.
The day-long session also reviewed the results of the 2017proficiency testing programmeconducted by QCC for 37 national laboratories dedicated forsoil and construction material testingin Abu Dhabi.
Abdulla Hassan Al Muaini, executive director of conformity schemes services at Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), said: "Thisproficiency testing programme workshopis aligned with QCC’s broader strategic objectives of enhancing the quality infrastructure in the emirate of Abu Dhabi through the continuous development of our technical capabilities to meet thestandardisation requirements specified by Abu Dhabi.
“The workshop demonstrated our proactive approach to keeping pace with the testing and calibration requirements of our vital industry sectors, as well as enabling our laboratories to ensure the provision of accurate services in this important domain."
The Abu Dhabi QCC was established in 2009 to raise the quality of the emirate’s exports and locally traded products. QCC allows regulators to establish and implement product safety, legal metrology, and conformity schemes.
The Council also sets guidelines and benchmarks to verify that the products manufactured and traded in Abu Dhabi conform to the highest quality standards.