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Steel alliance pledges support for stringent rules

With the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice undergoing a revision, support for stricter laws against counterfeit steel products are being pledged

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The Steel Alliance against Counterfeiting (SAAC) has expressed the need for more stringent regulations monitoring the use of key building materials.

As currently revisions on the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice are ongoing.

According to the UAE Civil Defence Department, the code, which is undergoing its first significant revision since 2011, will be released within the next few months.

The updated version of the UAE fire safety code will contain more detail on specifications for cladding, mandatory requirements for owners and clarify responsibilities in construction, maintenance and repair work.

It will also include comprehensive material tests and outline new consultant responsibilities ranging from material usage to regular site inspections.

Dr. Carlo Farina, managing director, Friedrich Geldbach, Gmbh, said: “Steel has always been a key component of building infrastructure and we are likely to see demands for it to grow as major infrastructure projects continue to gather pace in this region.

“We strongly believe that steel materials require a greater level of recognition at a regulatory level.”

As part of increasing consultant accountability for material usage, the new code will require consultants to seek and present no objection certificates (NOC) from the UAE Civil Defence Department, a move aimed at ensuring that all contractors are sufficiently qualified.

Anaïs Eiden, group senior legal manager, intellectual property and innovation, Vallourec, said: “The use of counterfeit steel products increases the risk accidents both during construction and throughout the lifecycle of the building structure.”

The construction boom in the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has led to increased competition among suppliers, resulting in unlawful conduct and negatively impacting product quality.

The SAAC works to address and eliminate two forms of illicit practices, namely fraudulent branding of non-certified steel products and refurbishment of used steel products sold as new.

In that context, the SAAC advocates for the adoption of more stringent rules regarding the control of the steel products, in the revised UAE fire safety code.

In particular, the SAAC supports increased authenticity checks of the of mill test certificates (MTC), to mitigate the use of counterfeit products.

These controls are critical to guarantee the quality of the steel products and ensure compliance with the safety standards required within the construction sector.

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