Press release - 21st November 2012
BSI has recently welcomed influential visitors from the Abu Dhabi General Directorate of Civil Defence to its Chiswick headquarters and testing laboratories in Hemel Hempstead.
Lieutenant Colonel Sami Khamis Rashid Almazmi and his colleagues visited BSI to better understand the impact of the Kitemark and standards in mitigating business risk and assuring the safety of fire products.
Kitemark for fire detection and suppression products is widely specified in the Middle East and is universally acknowledged as a symbol of quality, trust and excellence as well as being a Business Superbrand. In recognition that the fire products industry continues to play an important role within the UAE economy [U1] the visitors were given in-depth insight into the stringent tests undertaken by BSI to certify and test fire suppression and detection equipment - including fire extinguishers, fire detection and alarm panels, personal protective equipment and emergency lighting products.
The group was also hosted by guest speaker Sir Ken Knight, the current HM Chief Inspector of Fire Services, as well as representatives from BSI who demonstrated the essential role of Kitemark and CE marking in facilitating European market access for fire and personal protective equipment products.
Bob Wells, BSI’s Global Head of Personal Safety said: "It was a pleasure to entertain members of the Abu Dhabi Civil Defence. There’s a great deal of misunderstanding in the Middle East of what certain types of certification and approval mean and BSI was delighted to host this event and help advance their knowledge and appreciation of the work we undertake; the value of our brand and dispel a few myths too. We’re looking forward to regular and continued dialogue with the Abu Dhabi authorities and welcome further opportunities to undertake similar presentations with other civil defence authorities in the future".