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News from DAC Dubai
Dubai Accreditation Department (DAC)

Dubai Accreditation Department hosted the 3rd meetings of Halal Accreditation Committee of SMIIC  

Dubai Accreditation Department (DAC) hosted the 3rd meetings of Halal Accreditation Committee of The Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC). The meetings were held on 15 to 17 November 2013 in Dubai. Delegates from Turkey, UAE, Iran Bosnia & Herzegovina and SMIIC secretariat attended the meeting. Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohammed director of DAC welcomed the delegates. The scope of the Accreditation Committee (AC) is to establish Halal accreditation scheme among member states of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). During meetings the Accreditation committee discussed the progress regarding establishing halal accreditation system. Five working groups for documentation, human resources, test methods for certification, peer evaluation and cooperation were established. Meetings of working groups for documentation and human resources were also held. Mr. Salih Yuksal chair of committee thanked Dubai Accreditation Department for hosting the committee meetings in Dubai.

 
(SMIIC meetings in Dubai)

DAC arranged symposium on Halal accreditation
 

During the 7th Dubai Food Safety Conference, DAC arranged a symposium on halal accreditation and certification systems. Engineer Salem Bin Mohammad Mesmar assistant director general of Dubai Municipality delivered the opening speech by focusing on Dubai government’s vision regarding placing Dubai as a capital of Islamic economy. Ms. Amina Ahmed director of DAC gave presentation on DAC’s upcoming halal accreditation scheme. Mr. Saleh Yuksal representative of Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) gave presentation on unifying halal standards among Islamic countries. Dr Tony Wigg, Australian Department of Agriculture and forestry gave presentation on Australian Government Authorised Halal Program (AGAHP). Large number of representatives of food manufacturers and conformity assessment bodies attended the symposium.

TSE delegation visited Dubai Accreditation Department  

Delegation from Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) visited Dubai Accreditation Department on 5th March 2014. The delegation was lead by the President of TSE

Mr. Hulusi Senturk. Various areas of mutual interests were discussed. Ms. Amina Ahmed director of DAC briefed the visiting delegation about upcoming accreditation schemes of DAC. She informed that in line with vision of Dubai Government, DAC is going to launch accreditation scheme for certification bodies providing halal certifications.


(Ms. Amina Ahmed director of DAC presenting memorial shield to visiting Mr. Hulusi Senturk president of TSE) 


(Group photo with visiting delegates from Turkish Standards Institution -TSE)

DAC arranged open house meetings for medical laboratories and inspection bodies
 

DAC arranged separate open house meetings for medical laboratories and inspection bodies. Large number of representatives of medical laboratories and inspection bodies attended the meetings.  In both meetings, DAC representatives gave presentations about new versions of relevant ISO standards. Respective DAC technical task force members responded the various technical queries of delegates. Open discussions during open house meetings covered various quality and technical issues.


(Engr. Yousef  Ahmed Al Jassmi principal accreditation engineer –Inspection Bodies Accreditation Section is receiving appreciation certificate from Ms. Amina Ahmed director of DAC) 

 

DAC conducted various training courses for conformity assessment bodies 

DAC conducted various training courses for conformity assessment bodies on various accreditation related subjects including awareness training on new version of ISO/IEC 17020, ISO 15189 and ISO 17024 standards. Trainings on methods validation and uncertainty measurements have also been included in DAC training program for laboratories. 

DAC arranged 3rd brainstorming session 

DAC arranged 3rd annual brainstorming session for DAC staff in local hotel in Dubai. DAC staff presented various ideas on operations of DAC and related conformity assessment issues. DAC uses various formal means to gather feedback from DAC staff including electronic suggestion system and annual brainstorming sessions. During the session appreciation certificates were also awarded to best performing sections of DAC who achieved the annual targets & key performance indicators. 


(Ms. Amina Ahmed director of DAC addressing the DAC annual brainstorming session)

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