ABU DHABI, June 20: The Market Monitoring Department of the Markets and Consumer Services Sector of the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) held a two-day comparison and experience sharing session on legal metrology with the Department of Economic Development (DED) Sharjah, at its headquarters.
In a statement, QCC said discussions with the delegation of DED Sharjah also included topics such as best-in-class procedures and standard practices in legal metrology.
At the session, Saif Ali Al Hosani, Director of the Market Control Department, presented a review of the QCC’s role in enabling the metrological infrastructure in Abu Dhabi, and empowering its partners, and the responsibility of the consumer and market services sector in implementing best practices. He briefed the delegation on the department’s organizational structure and services provided in ensuring legal standards to support the consumer services sector.
Al Hosani also presented the main tasks performed by the Market Monitoring Department and its impact in protecting both the consumers and merchants, and the role of the Council of Ministers on metrological verification processes. The metrological services provided by the Department and its execution modalities, the electronic systems in place and services in the pipeline, were also reviewed.
Rashid Malallah Al Hosani from DED Sharjah stressed the importance of cooperation and coordination between the two entities to pursue common goals in legal metrology services that will benefit the country. He also said DED Sharjah and QCC need to exchange experiences, transfer knowledge, and discuss ways to join hands to utilize their respective capabilities.
In the meeting, QCC and DED Sharjah did a comparison of benchmarks of their respective services and it was found that both entities were consistent in common tasks and activities. Both teams also coordinated on a field visit to Abu Dhabi markets to experience service implementation practices first hand as well as at the verification centres to review procedures. The visit spanned verification of retail balances and pre-packaged products at factories, freight scales, landfills and reference equipment used.
The DED Sharjah team expressed their gratitude to QCC for the session and praised the Council’s capabilities and the steps it has taken in legal metrology services to make markets fair and safe.