New standards, metrology law strengthen UAE’s industrial sector & boosts economy; Minister

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber has stated that the standardization and metrology system is a fundamental part of the industry and advanced technology strategy of the Emirates.

Dr. Al Jaber said in a press statement, “Federal Decree-Law No. (20) for 2020 on standardization and metrology, which was issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in September 2020, is a solid foundation for developing the national specifications and standards system, which will strengthen the industrial sector and boost the national economy.”

Further, he has remarked that national metrology and, standardization legislation and regulations are constantly modified, as part of the ministry’s efforts to develop a conducive and attractive atmosphere for local and foreign investors.

The UAE has demonstrated an increasing desire to promote high-quality infrastructure, propelling it to become one of the first Arab countries to enact legislation that promotes the development, sustainability, and innovation of their standardization and quality infrastructures, resulting in direct benefits for customers, manufacturers, merchants, and distributors, Dr. Al Jaber added.

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber
Dr. Sultan Al Jaber
UAE Minister of Industry & Advanced Technology

“The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology adopts an approach built on collaboration and partnership with industrial sectors to develop a standardization and metrology system and draft technical regulations that will support advanced technology, increase the UAE’s industrial performance and develop a comprehensive quality system. MoIAT aims to transform the UAE’s industries, boost their global competitiveness, and introduce Emirati products into new international markets.”

The ministry has an entire division devoted to standardization and regulation, which works in cooperation with other departments both within and outside the ministry, to achieve the country’s strategic goals and create a robust and balanced quality infrastructure framework.

The Standards Department, the Legislations, and Technical Regulations Department, and the Metrology Department are the three departments that work together to establish and implement new standardization and metrology systems to promote advanced technology and facilitate innovation.

Federal Decree-Law No. (20) for 2020 is a beneficial addition to national policies aimed at increasing the productivity and efficiency of the UAE’s industrial sector. It contains 16 articles. As per the reports, “The decree-law highlights the ministry’s functions, such as drafting, approving, revising and amending standardized specifications, in coordination with relevant authorities, as well as drafting a national standardization and metrology system, implementing national standards for monitoring the adoption of technical regulations to ensure the safety of products, goods, and materials, among many others.”

Last year, the implementation of legislation related to energy conservation in low-voltage electrical devices, which are commonly used in homes, helped achieve energy savings of 8.6 gigawatts per hour.

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