Quality infrastructure institutions imperative for harmonizing standards

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussein said the development and upgradation of National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) institutions are important for promoting harmonization of standards at international and regional level.


Addressing the inaugurative session of a three day UNIDO-ECO Expert Group Meeting here on Monday, he said Ministry of Science and Technology has formulated a National Quality Policy.


The first step towards establishing an internationally recognized NQI is to ensure good governance and create institutions that are free from conflicts of interest, he said. He hoped such meetings would lead to a positive exchange of views and a better understanding on the concept of quality infrastructure in the ECO region.


He said region would benefit comprehensively through this commonly validated Regional Quality Policy. It will help enhance the regional trade by framing of Technical regulations supporting each other yet keeping the WTO regime’s requirements intact, he added.


He further said that the establishment and up gradation of quality infrastructure takes years of efforts and requires a significant financial investment and commitment before getting any international recognition. In many countries same institution is responsible for developing standard, carrying out certifications, inspections and accreditation activities, commented the minister.


“We have a strong infrastructure including an accreditation body with the name of Pakistan National Accreditation Council, Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority as standards body and metrology institute named as National Physical and Standards Laboratory, all having international recognition and traceability. The latter is in process of being further graded and transformed into the Metrology Institute of Pakistan”, said the minister.


He said another recent development is the creation of the Pakistan Halal Authority. This Authority would be mandated to interface with international bodies working in this field and be the bearer of Halal logo on behalf of the Govt of Pakistan, he informed.


These countries could utilize the services available in neighboring countries with whom collaborations can be established such as in ECO region. Pakistan would be more than happy to provide technical assistance to any country in the ECO region to support their Quality Infrastructure, he said.


He thanked UNIDO for the financial support in the organization of this expert group meeting and appreciated the efforts of my Ministry and our organizations including PSQCA, PNAC PCSIR and NPSL for their support in organizing this three day session.


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Published in: Volume 07 Issue 25

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