Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has been awarded the ISO 37000:2021 Governance of Organisations Certification by the French company Bureau Veritas, a trusted international accreditation company. This is in recognition of ADAFSA's continuous efforts to improve and develop its Integrated Management System (IMS).

The milestone marks a significant stride in ADAFSA's pursuit of global leadership in food safety. With a total of 14 international standards, it is dedicated to excelling in all facets of its operations. The achievement underscores ADAFSA's commitment to institutional governance, enhancing performance, and sustaining excellence across all aspects of its work.

ADAFSA earned accreditation after undergoing thorough audits by a team of international experts and assessors from Bureau Veritas. These audits verified that ADAFSA's operations and services meet international governance standards.

Her Excellency Mouza Suhail Al Muhairi, Deputy Director-General for Regulatory and Administrative Affairs at ADAFSA, said the authority's corporate governance certification is an important achievement that reflects the ongoing efforts to apply global best practices in corporate governance.

Her Excellency Mouza Suhail Al Muhairi said: "We are committed to strengthening corporate governance in all our sectors and departments so that it is embedded in all our activities and services.

"This accomplishment signifies international acknowledgment of ADAFSA's standing in agricultural sustainability and food security. Our organisation, subject to an audit by a reputable international company, has demonstrated unwavering commitment to global quality standards. The authority is dedicated to delivering high-quality, efficient services, ensuring food safety in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, and cultivating an effective environment to secure its leadership both regionally and globally."

Al Muhairi emphasised ADAFSA's commitment to improving corporate governance across all its business units. This includes raising employee awareness of institutional governance principles and standards, creating tools and systems to facilitate their implementation, and conducting regular reviews and evaluations of the corporate governance system across various activities and services.

ADAFSA's Corporate Governance System is based on principles such as trust, accountability, transparency and fair practices. It is designed to enhance the operational efficiency of the organisation, to make sound decisions and to safeguard the rights of stakeholders.