The National Archives Attains Two Upgraded Certifications: ISO Environment 14001: 2015 and ISO Quality ISO9001: 2015

The National Archives Attains Two Upgraded Certifications:  ISO Environment 14001: 2015 and ISO Quality ISO9001: 2015

The First in the Middle East and Africa,


The National Archives Attains Two Upgraded Certifications:
 ISO Environment 14001: 2015 and ISO Quality ISO9001: 2015


The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates is the first in the Middle East and Africa to get the newly revised certification of Environmental Management Systems: ISO14001: 2015. The National Archives is also the first government entity in the Middle East and Africa to win the newly revised certification of Quality Management System ISO 9001 : 2015. Both certificates were awarded by the British Institute of Standards (BSI), which is the leading global body for assessment of management systems and certification solutions.
The National Archives attained both certificates after fulfilling all the global requirements and passing through conformity assessment in terms of mechanisms, specifications, and standards as per the International Standards Organization ISO for each branch of both certifications. The National Archives won both ISO certificates in Environment and Quality after it had already won six awards from Stevie International. 
Commenting on the fact that the National Archives is the first government entity to attain the ISO environment and quality certificates, His Excellency Dr. Abdulla Elreyes, Director-General of the National Archives, said that in every field of creativity, innovation and commitment, the National Archives confirms to the world that it is up to the challenge. It is heading to the front row confidently and competently in realization of our wise leadership's visions, and of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Chairman of the National Archives' aspirations, as he gives wise directives and unlimited support for all of the National Archives’ achievements.
H.E. added that the National Archives’ commitment to its goals, vision, and mission and its constant aspiration to excellence are strongly proven by its being the first entity in the Middle East and Africa to obtain the newly revised certifications of Environmental Management Systems: ISO14001: 2015 and Quality Management System ISO 9001 : 2015. The certificates also prove that the National Archives rallies its human and logistics potentials to upgrade the quality of its services and research output under ideal circumstances. Thus, qualification and development of human resources are ensured to realize the most accurate international standards in all areas of action at the National Archives. This also reinforces the N.A.’s success in embodying the strategy of continuous development and update while moving towards 2021 where the U.A.E. aspires to be among the best countries of the world.
Dr. Elreyes praised the efforts exerted by the National Archives’ administration and staff to apply the best performance standards, and maintain this approach, which leads to more contribution, development and quality.
The National Archives’ Director-General emphasized that obtaining both certificates and being the first entity in the Middle East and Africa is a source of optimism. H.E. also added that success is not only embodied in winning those two certificates but in maintaining them and adhering to their standards, and that is what the National Archives seeks to achieve.  
The National Archives’ Director-General pointed out that as much as there is interest in the certification of Quality Management System ISO 9001 to reinforce the concept of quality among staff members for continuous delivery of best practices, there is also interest in obtaining the newly updated certification of Environmental Management Systems Requirements ISO14001:2015.  This is due to its impact on work improvement, for, when employees work in a safe atmosphere, productivity and precision rise up at the workplace that applies principles of healthy environment, occupational health and safety in a scientific manner, and this is why we are so keen on activating this important field at the National Archives.      
The National Archives in Brief
The U.A.E.’s National Archives, an affiliate of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, was established in 1968 under the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan with the aim of collecting and documenting everything related to the history and heritage of the U.A.E. and the Arabian Gulf region. Forty years later, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued Federal Law No. 7 of 2008 transforming it to the National Center for Documentation and Research and mandating it to organize the U.A.E. government entities' archives. Recently, the name of National Center for Documentation and Research as stated in the abovementioned law was changed to National Archives, in accordance with Federal Law No. 1 of 2014 issued by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the U.A.E.