The tests at DCLD included quality examinations of engineering materials, foodstuff, environment and consumer goods as well as the calibration services.
BY PMA RASHEED
The Gulf Today, 26 March 2010
THE number of approved tests at the central laboratory in
has been increased from 93 to 185, according to Dubai Municipality (DM). Dubai
The tests at Dubai Central Laboratory Department (DCLD) included quality examinations of engineering materials, foodstuff, environment and consumer goods as well as the calibration services.
"The move is in line with the DCLD's efforts to emerge as a world class product confidence vendor, as well as a reference laboratory in the region in many areas of testing and calibration," said a senior civic official.
Amin Ahmed Mohammed Amin, acting director of the DCLD, said, "The DCLD has successfully passed the intensive assessment carried out recently by the Dubai Accreditation Centre (DAC) for the extension of its scope of accreditation under international standard requirements for competence of testing and calibration laboratories."
"The DAC technical assessment team included 12 specialist technical evaluators from outside the country who evaluated the testing capability of the central lab for two full days in accordance with the requirements of international standard ISO/ IEC 17025," he added.
Amin said that the evaluation included confirmation of the skill and efficiency of technicians and analysts working in the laboratory to conduct tests according to the approved standard test methods in addition to checking the equipment and tools used and the calibration done according to international requirements.
"The extension of the scope of accreditation was carried out in order to satisfy the requirements of our ever growing customers for more sophisticated and advanced level of testing and calibration," he noted.
He explained, "With this extension of the scope of accreditation, which included new fields such as Environmental Testing, as well as new areas in Food Testing and Engineering Materials Testing, DCL has established further mile stones towards achieving its strategic objective in becoming a reference laboratory."
"The DCLD also will contribute to the increase of the export of loca products to other countries of the world in light of the country's membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO), in addition to the support in activating the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)," said Amin.
According to him, the main goal of the extension of the scope of accreditation has crystallised to be consistent with achieving customer satisfaction and the growing requirements in more sophisticated and complex areas within the testing and calibration processes.