Quality & Technical Standards
The UAE recently established a new standards organization responsible for formulating and enforcing UAE/GCC standards. This organization, the Emirates Standardization and Metrology Authority, is now an independent entity from the Federal Ministry of Finance and Industry. However, the national and emirate governments, as well as professional associations, are constantly reviewing standards requirements. This is particularly true for the construction industry. Currently, government agencies and private firms stipulate the standards on a project-by-project basis. ISO 9000 certification was first introduced and granted to a UAE company in 1993. Since then, more have received the certification, and the EU is funding a standards center in the UAE to implement ISO 9000 certification.