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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

UAE Cabinet adopts National Family Policy

Sheikh Mohammed said the policy would ensure the availability of specialists to provide family guidance and programmes to help families with financial planning

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, chairs a UAE Cabinet meeting attended by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, on Sunday. Wam
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, chairs a UAE Cabinet meeting attended by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, on Sunday. Wam

A strategy to strengthen and support Emirati families and a law to regulate the distribution of medicines were approved by the UAE Cabinet on Sunday.

The National Family Policy, which Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said is based on the vision of Sheikha Fatima bint Mohammed, chairwoman of the General Women's Union, president of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, was adopted by the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

"We have adopted the National Family Policy in the UAE. Our goal is a stable and prosperous Emirati family. The National Family Policy reflects our interest in the family, which is the nucleus of our society," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.

Elaborating further on Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed said the policy would ensure the availability of specialists to provide family guidance and programmes to help families with financial planning.

The policy is built on six components: marriage, family relations, balance of roles, child protection, family protection and re-engineering the provision of family services to achieve family happiness, reported state news agency Wam.

The Ministry of Community Development will work with local and federal entities to implement the policy and its initiatives moving forward.

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On Sunday, the Cabinet also issued a Federal Law to regulate pharmaceuticals and medical products issued in the country.

“Protecting our society from untrustworthy medical products has become a more complex and important task with the demise of borders in the virtual world we live in,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.

During the Cabinet meeting, attended by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, a Federal Law was issued on the use of Information Technology and Communication in the health sector.

The law will regulate the use of technical systems, data storage, and confidentiality of data, and establishes a central database for all health authorities in the UAE, reported Wam.

The Cabinet also restructured the Emirates Scientists' Council and Arab Language Advisory Council and ratified a number of international agreements with Tajikisan and Senegal.