Training Workshop on Laboratories Business Planning

Dr. Shoukat Parvez, Chairman, PCSIR addressing the opening session in Islamabad

The TRTA II programme organized a series of three Training Workshops of 2-day training each, held in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi from 15-22 March 2011.

 The Training Workshops were envisaged to provide participants with an insight on the rationale for developing business plans for laboratories both in terms of value and effectiveness. The Workshops, not only described what a laboratory business plan is, but also defined business planning in terms of its implementation as well as how to use it as a management tool. A business plan development template, comprising of several sections, discussed and information gathered and compiled by the participants on the template was used in developing model business plans for their respective laboratories during the course of the Workshops.

Dr. Nirmala Pieris at the Lahore Workshop

 The operation of a laboratory should be considered as a business venture running at an acceptable standard with an expectation of profit. The laboratory must make every endeavor to cover its costs and become sustainable in its operations and services. The laboratory must operate in a systematic, continuous and regular businesslike manner. Hence, it must have commercial principles governing the laboratory operations such as procurement, sales, customer, and accounting records. It must perform at optimum level by providing high quality services and customer satisfaction while efforts must continue to be made to generate more business by searching for new customers and markets.

 The development of a business plan for a laboratory is an essential tool to record and retrieve information which can be appropriately analyzed so that objectives can be well defined and more focused for the operation of the laboratory at sustainable and profitable levels. Once developed, the business plan should be able to provide a tool for managing the laboratory with a futuristic vision. A good business plan must be realistic, specific and simple to the extent that it can be followed easily. The business plan should be reviewed periodically to ascertain what is being done is what was planned.

Workshop participants with the International Expert in Karachi

Dr. Nirmala Pieris, the technical resource person was an international expert with an extensive experience in business plan development of laboratories. She has been associated with the Industrial Technological Institute (ITI), Sri Lanka, in development of business plans for ITI laboratories.

 The target participants were drawn from a total number of 44 testing and 6 calibration laboratories, which have either achieved internationally recognized accreditation to ISO 17025 under TRTA I programme or are targeted for accreditation during the programme period of TRTA II. These laboratories are engaged in microbiology, chemical, leather and electric testings as well as calibration of measuring instruments. The list of these labs is as follows:

  List of 20 Labs accredited under TRTA I programme

–  National Water Quality Testing Laboratories at PCRWR – Islamabad

  • Chemical Testing
  • Microbiology Testing

–  Grain Quality Testing Laboratories at NARC – Islamabad

  • Chemical Testing
  • Microbiology Testing

–  Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Laboratories Complex – Lahore

  • Electrical Testing
  • Leather Testing
  • Microbiology Testing
  • Textile Testing

–  National Textile University – Faisalabad

  • Textile Testing

–  Cleaner Production Center (CPC) at LPDI – Sialkot

  • Leather Testing

–  Marine Fisheries Department (MFD) – Karachi

  • Chemical & Microbiology testing

–  Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority – Karachi

  • Microbiology Testing

–  Grain Quality Testing Laboratory at SARC/PARC – Karachi

  • Chemical Testing

–  Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Laboratories Complex – Karachi

  • Environment Testing
  • Food Testing
  • Microbiology Testing
  • Pharmaceutical Testing
  • Textile Testing

–  Leather Research Centre of PCSIR – Karachi

  • Leather Testing

List of 30 Labs to be accredited under TRTA II programme
(24 testing labs & 6 metrology labs)

–  PCSIR Lahore: Materials Testing Lab

–  PCSIR Lahore: Aflatoxin Testing Lab

–  PCSIR Lahore: Heavy Metals Testing Lab

–  PCSIR Lahore: DR/Pesticide Testing Lab

–  PCSIR Lahore: Light sources Testing Lab

–  PCSIR Peshawar: Microbiology Testing Lab

–  PCSIR Peshawar: Chemical Testing Lab

–  National Veterinary Laboratories Islamabad: ELISA Lab

–  National Veterinary Laboratories Islamabad: PCR Lab

–  Federal Seed Certification & Registration Islamabad: Microbiology Testing Lab

–  Federal Seed Certification & Registration Islamabad: Chemical Testing Lab

–  Fisheries Lab (Punjab) Lahore: Microbiology Testing Lab

–  Fisheries Lab (Punjab) Lahore: Chemical Testing Lab

–   HVSC (Rawat): High Voltage Testing Lab & Short Circuit (Electrical labs)

–  HVSC (Rawat): Short Circuit Lab

–  National Reference Laboratory for Poultry Diseases – Islamabad: Molecular Biology Testing Lab

–  National Reference Laboratory for Poultry Diseases – Islamabad: Serology Testing Lab

–  National Reference Laboratory for Poultry Diseases – Islamabad: Virology Testing Lab

–  CPC (Sialkot): Wastewater Testing Lab

–  Animal Quarantine Department (Karachi): Microbiology Testing Lab

–  Animal Quarantine Department (Karachi): Chemical Testing Lab

–  Pakistan Textile Exporters Association Faisalabad: Textile Testing Lab

–  NPSL – PT lab Islamabad: Microbiology

–  NPSL – PT lab Islamabad: Chemical

–  NPSL – Islamabad: Mass Metrology Lab

–  NPSL – Islamabad: Dimensional Metrology Lab

–  NPSL – Islamabad: Volumetric Metrology Lab

–  NPSL – Islamabad: Temperature Metrology Lab

–  NPSL – Islamabad: Pressure Metrology Lab

–  NPSL – Islamabad: Electrical Metrology Lab