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Factory Assessment

Factory Assessment Scheme

Factory Assessment is the most comprehensive and widespread auditing scheme used to assess factories. The assessment includes:

  • Auditing the factory’s Quality Management System (QMS) as per ISO 9001 standard
  • Assessing product conformity against standard specifications and certification rules.

The factory must meet both requirements in order to receive product conformity certificate/conformity mark issued by Dubai Central Laboratory Department – Products Conformity Assessment Section (DCLD-PCAS).

DCLD-PCAS carries out initial audit of the factory and QMS, followed by regular surveillance audits to ensure continiuous and consistent compliance with the relevant standards specifications and scheme rules.

Product audit is also conducted through initial testing of samples drawn during the initial audit as well as those taken during the regular surveillance audits or from the market surveillance. The Certificate of Product Conformity/Conformity Mark is issued only after the successful completion of the initial audit and satisfactory results of the independent testing of the samples withdrawn in accordance with the scheme rules and specifications.

Issuance of Certificates through Factory Assessment (Authorization of the use of the DCL Mark):

After applying for a Certificate of Product Conformity/Mark according to Factory Assessment scheme and international, regional or local approved standards, DCLD-PCAS shall carry out the follwoing:

  • Assessing the factory’s QMS according to ISO 9001 requirements by an authorized DCLD-PCAS approved auditors
  • Arranging the delivery of the samples withdrawn during the assessment audit to any approved independent third party laboratory
  • Issuing the Product Conformity Certificate and the authorization to use the product’s Conformity Mark to the applicant based on the satisfactory outcome of the assessment visit and product evaluation in accordance with the related product certification’s requirements.

The table below provides detailed information on the types of Products categories and their respective available specific rules and related requirements:

Product Category

Title of Certification Scheme

Remarks/ Application

Specific Rules

Paints, Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants

Low Emitting Materials (Paints, coatings, adhesives sealants) as per Dubai Green Building Regulation and Specifications (GBRS)

Mandatory as per DMCircular (198) 2014

PC Wire Strand

Steel strand, uncoated, seven-wire for pre-stressed concrete as per ASTM A 416

Mandatory requirement under DM Circular No(184)2012-PC Wire Strand-Couplers

High tensile steel wire and strand for pre-stressing of concrete as per BS 5896: 1980

Mandatory requirement under DM Circular No(184)2012-PC Wire Strand-Couplers

​High tensile steel wire and strand for pre-stressing of concrete as per BS 5896: 2012

​Mandatory requirement under DM Circular No(184)2012-PC Wire Strand-Couplers

​Post tension anchorage for pre stressed concrete as per ACI 318 and EAD (European Assessment Document)

​Voluntary

Cold reduced steel wire for the reinforcement of concrete
(As per BS 4482:1985 Amd No. 1:1997 Amd 2: 2001) Through Factory Assessment

Mandatory requirement under DM Circular No(184)2012-PC Wire Strand-Couplers

Thermal Insulation

Polystyrene thermal insulation (extruded and expanded) as per ASTM C 578 (Mandatory)

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

Polystyrene thermal insulation (Extruded) as per BS EN 13164 (Mandatory)

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

Mineral fiber pipe insulation as per ASTM C 547 (Mandatory)

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

Mineral fiber block and board thermal insulation as per ASTM C 612 (Mandatory)

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

Mineral fiber blanket thermal insulation as per ASTM C 553 (Mandatory)

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

Cellular glass thermal insulation as per BS EN 13167 (Mandatory)

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

Factory made mineral wool thermal insulation as per BS EN 13162

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

Spray applied polyurethane thermal insulation as per ASTM C 1029 (Mandatory)

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

Mineral fiber blanket thermal insulation for light frame construction as per ASTM C 665 (Mandatory)

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

Polyurethane thermal insulation as per BS EN 13165

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

​Rigid Polyisocyanurate Thermal Insulation Board as per ASTM C1289

​Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

Phenolic Foam thermal insulation as per BS EN 13166

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

In-situ formed sprayed PUR/PIR thermal insulation as per EN 14315-1

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

Pipe and Duct Insulation
as per Clause 502.11 of the 2010 Dubai Green Building Regulations and Specifications

Mandatory as per DM Circular (198) 2014

Reflective insulation as per AS-NZS 4859.1

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

Aluminum Composite Panel (ACP) as per DMS 036: 2019

Mandatory requirement under B&HD Circular 132-2005

DM Circular (186) 2012

Reinforcing Steel Bars

Steel bars for concrete reinforcement AS PER ASTM A 615

Mandatory requirement under DM Circular (159) 2007

Reinforcing steel bars as per BS 4449: 2005

Mandatory requirement under DM Circular (159) 2007

Carbon Steel bars for the reinforcement of concrete as per BS 4449:1997 with Amd 1

Mandatory requirement under DM Circular (159) 2007

Steel Bars for Concrete Reinforcement as per ASTM A 1035

Mandatory requirement under DM Circular (159) 2007

Steel for the Reinforcement of Concrete-Ribbed Bars
(As per ISO 6935-2)

Mandatory requirement under DM Circular (159) 2007

Reinforcement couplers for mechanical splices of bars (as per ISO 15835-1)

Mandatory requirement under DM Circular (159) 2007

​Marking and tag requirements of steel bars

Precast Concrete Blocks

Precast Concrete Masonry Block as per DMS 1 Part 1

Mandatory requirement under Local Order 44

Precast Concrete Filler Blocks as per DMS 1 Part 2

Mandatory requirement under Local Order 44

Aerated Autoclaved Concrete Masonry Units as per DMS 1 Part 3

Mandatory requirement under Local Order 44

Precast Concrete Paving Blocks as per DMS 1 Part 4

Mandatory requirement under Local Order 44

Concrete Polystyrene Sandwich Masonry Blocks as per DMS 1 Part 5

Mandatory requirement under Local Order 44

Ready-Mixed Concrete Plants

Ready-Mixed Concrete Plants in Accordance with Administrative Decision (316) 2012 and DMS 026

Mandatory requirement under Circular (192) 2013

Solar Collector and Solar water Heating​ System

Solar Collectors as per BS EN 12975-1

Mandatory requirement under Circular (183) 2011

Solar water heating system as per BS EN 12976-1

Mandatory requirement under Circular (183) 2011

​Factory Production Control Plan for Solar Collector and SWHS

Glazed Glass

Glazed glass as per 2010 Dubai Green Building Regulations and Specifications

Mandatory as per DM Circular (198) 2014

Miscellaneous products under voluntary schemes

Roof, Deck and Balcony Drains as per ASME A112.6.4

Voluntary

Floor and Trench Drains as per ASME A112.6.3

Voluntary

Cleanouts as per ASME A112.36.2

Voluntary

Mortar for masonry – Rendering and plastering mortar as per EN 998-1

Voluntary

Steel Fabric for the Reinforcement of Concrete (as per BS 4483)

Voluntary

Polypropylene pipes as per DIN 8078

Voluntary

Manhole Cover as per BS EN 124

Voluntary

Radiation Control Coating as per ASTM C 1483

Voluntary

Pulverized Fuel Ash as per BS 3892

Voluntary

Coal fly ash for use in concrete as per ASTM C 618

Voluntary

Fly ash for concrete as per BS EN 450-1

Voluntary

Plastic pipes for non-pressure underground drainage and sewerage as per EN 13476-2

Voluntary

Concrete Admixtures as per BS EN 934-2

Voluntary

Admixtures to Inhibit Chloride-Induced CorrosionReinforcing Steel in Concrete As per ASTM C1582 − 11

Voluntary

Gypsum Plasterboards as per BS EN 520

Voluntary

Gypsum Boards as per ASTM C1396

Voluntary

​Gypsum blocks as per EN 12859

Voluntary

​Steel fibers for concrete as per EN 14889-1

Voluntary

​Mortar for masonry as per EN 998-2

Voluntary

​​Cement as per ASTM C 150 R1

Voluntary

​Cement as per BS E​N 197-1-2011 R1

Voluntary

​Fire Safety​ Requirements of Thermal Insulation Materials as per the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice

​Voluntary

​Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag for use in Concrete, Mortar and Grout as per BS EN 15167 -1: 2006​

​Voluntary

​Slag Cement for use in Concrete and Mortars as per ASTM C989/C989M-18

​Voluntary

​​Pre-engineering Steel Structures and Components as per DMS 0​35: 2019

​Voluntary

How to avail the certification through Factory Assessment scheme:

Certification through Factory Assessment Scheme can be requested thru submitting the related Application Form and fulfilling the requirements of the scheme rules and related reference documents through the below links:

The list of Certified Products through Factory Assessment can be found through this link

The QR code for Certified Factories can be accessed through this link.

For inquiries or to further information about service fees for every type of product, please contact the Products Conformity Assessment Section through:

  • Telephone: 0097143027555
  • Fax: 0097143351127
  • E-mail: certification@dm.gov.ae
  • P.O. Box 67, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Virtual meetings/communications via MS Teams/Zoom or other applications.

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