ABU DHABI -- Over 1,168 medical devices and measuring instruments were verified by the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, QCC, the entity responsible for developing quality infrastructure in the emirate, during an inspection drive to verify the accuracy of medical measuring instruments in the markets and healthcare facilities across the capital.

The drive was part of QCC's ongoing efforts to ensure the metrological compliance of all medical and laboratory measuring devices, in close collaboration with the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, HAAD.

The drive is part of the council's current efforts to increase public confidence in the quality and compliance of all medical measuring instruments, through verifying their metrological compliance, as well as the accuracy of readings, due to their direct impact on diagnosis outcomes and public health.

As part of the drive, 1,168 medical devices and measuring instruments were verified. The campaign targeted medical devices sold in markets for domestic use, as well as those used in healthcare facilities, including blood pressure monitors, medical syringes, and thermometers.

The QCC collected the samples of the devices from Abu Dhabi's healthcare facilities and tested them in its specialised laboratories to ensure the quality and compliance of the measuring instruments with the technical specifications and requirements set by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, ESMA. It is the authority mandated to regulate measuring standards in the country.

Mohammed Helal Al Balooshi, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Abu Dhabi QCC, noted, "The latest inspection drive by the Consumer and Market Services Sector at QCC articulates our commitment to ensuring that all healthcare facilities in Abu Dhabi comply with the mandatory requirements and technical regulations for medical measuring instruments. In addition to boosting our society's confidence in the accuracy of medical measuring devices, the move will improve efficiency and transparency levels at our healthcare facilities. This will, in turn, reflect positively on the overall quality of health services offered in the emirate.

"The verification of medical measuring devices used by healthcare facilities is one of the top priorities for the QCC. We thank HAAD for their continued collaboration and support for the QCC's efforts to ensure the accuracy and compliance of such devices," he added.

Eng Amina Hassan Zainal, Director of Metrology Department, Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, ESMA, added, "As the entity responsible for implementing the national measurement system of the UAE, ESMA considers the compliance of measuring devices in the healthcare sector a core priority. Such compliance has a direct impact on patient health and diagnosis outcomes, as crucial medical decisions are taken based on measurement accuracy."

Source: Emirates News Agency