UKAS, the British Accreditation Authority has recently awarded four additional units in Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), with first grade ISO 17020 certificate with 1st grade in food inspection procedure.
The newly accredited group of units include Hospitals & Educational Institutions Control Unit, Central Kitchens Control Unit, Warehouses Control Unit and Markets Control Unit at the Food Control Division under the Food Control Sector.
The accreditation comes after the UKAS team had a number of visits to ADFCA in which they accompanied ADFCA inspectors in the field visits, to carry out evaluations and tests in various phases to ensure that required criteria and standards are met in the inspection processes.
Several training sessions also were held for the inspection teams to make them well versed on the standards and criteria set to entitle for the accreditation.
In this regard, Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director of Communications & Community Service Division said:"the winning of this accreditation can be attributed to the continuous efforts ADFCA exerted in strengthening food safety principles in Abu Dhabi and it does highlight the qualitative developments in the inspection procedures here, which are based on the best international standards in the area of food control"
Al Rayssi added, the accreditation, which comes after passing through various phases of evaluation processes carried out by an international organization, will boost up the efforts of ADFCA to become 'an internationally recognized authority in food safety domain', as its Vision describes.
It is noteworthy that ADFCA is now among the high-class global organizations to receive this internationally acclaimed accreditation which is established to contribute in the unification of food control procedures across the world and to reduce the dependence upon inspectors' individual interpretations in the control mechanisms in addition to bring in transparency and integrity in the work.