Laboratory processes is important to maximize efficiency in manufacturing and processing industries. Within the metals industry, the laboratory environment is used for the testing of raw materials, finished products, and for process analysis to ensure that materials meet customer specifications, objectives of quality, productivity, performance and environmental requirements demanded by national and international markets.
The Governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) approved the establishment of the Gulf Accreditation Centre, in order to provide reliable services to destinations conformity assessment of laboratories and points of inspection and certification bodies in all Member States, including supporting the GCC joint action and to facilitate trade and to support the industry and the national economy in the Member States and support the implementation of the legislative system Gulf to adjust the products in the Gulf market and the application of procedures and rules of conformity in the Member States the center.
The Dubai Accreditation Department (DAC) is the successor of the Accreditation and Metrology Section (AMS) in Dubai Central Laboratory Department (DCLD). The accreditation activity was separated in February 2002 from all conformity assessment activities of the DCLD in order to guarantee the impartiality and independency of accreditation decisions and in order to fulfill the relevant international requirements for achieving international recognition status of its services.
In May 2005 there was an official organizational decision no. 52 for the year 2005 from H. H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid AlMaktoum to establish the Dubai Accreditation Center (DAC) within Dubai Municipality reporting directly to the director general of Dubai Municipality.
As per re-structuring of Dubai Municipality in 2008 the DAC got an upgraded status of a department within DM.
The Accreditation Unit (AU) has started in December 1997 as a Laboratory Accreditation Department (LAD). LAD has become AU in September 2001.
All management and technical responsibilities were delegated to the Director of the Accreditation Unit and to the accreditation committees.
AU is a non-for-profit organization. In order to cover its expenses, it depends on the income from accreditation fees paid by accredited conformity assessment bodies, in addition to the financial support from the government.
AU carries out the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, in the fields of Medical, chemical & biological, foodstuff, environmental, construction materials, electrical, mechanical & Material, and non-destructive testing as well as in measurements & calibration.
AU carries out also the accreditation of certification bodies of products. AU is intending to expand its services to cover the accreditation of certification bodies of management systems & inspection.
ALGERAC is the Algerian Accreditation Body. Established by Executive Decree on 06 December 2005.
ALGERAC is a public establishment of an industrial and commercial nature according to the Algerian law of commerce.
The Algerian Accreditation Body is placed under the supervision of the Minister responsible for standardization (Minister of Industry and Mines).