1- Develop the primary & secondary legislations benchmarked to internationally recognized best practices.
2- Develop and enforce legislations that are:
Transparent, accessible, clear and comprehendible by the private sector.
Stable with minimal impact on established businesses.
Other emirates my consider the legislations
To be consulted with the private sector
3- Ensure optimum safety standards to reach a competitive performance edge on the regional and global levels.
4- striving for harmonized and equivalent of secondary legislations across UAE.
5- Promote effective implementation of safety & quality parameters/systems, hygienic practices, GAP etc. throughout the agri-food sectors
ADAFSA has already issued the food law no. 2 for the year 2008 as the key primary legislation that sets the basis and first step towards the regulation of the food sector in Abu Dhabi . A set of various secondary (both mandatory and advisory) legislations including regulations related to food safety have been developed or in the pipeline to ensure harmonized and clear understanding of the parameters and requirements to be implemented by the private sector . ADAFSA is currently undergoing an assessment of the agriculture legislation in order to identify the current legislation's status and thoroughness.
ADAFSA is working on developing a comprehensive set of Agri-Food policies & legislations across the primary production and food chain and that the measures for food safety, animal and plant health are consistent with the international norms and properly exercised by the private sector. The efficiency and relevance of the inspection system must be enhanced significantly through the introduction of an integrated and dynamic risk based inspection system and regular surveillance of food, animals and plants to identify potential hazards and reduce risks.
This priority was derived from the government outcomes championed by ADAFSA: “ Assuring food safety”, “A secure food supply for the Emirate” and “Ecologically sustainable development of the agricultural industry” in terms of legislation development and enforcement across entire food chain.