National Conference on Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment

National Conference on Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment

27 April 2011, Islamabad

Mr. Irfan Nadeem, Secretary, Ministry of Science & Technology, addressing the National Conference

After successfully organizing the series of three Consultative Workshops on Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment, the Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) programme organized a National Conference in Islamabad on 27 April 2011. The conference was organized for conclusion of the series of three Consultative Workshops held in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

At the Conference, Mr. Irfan Nadeem, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology said that the technical regulations and conformity assessment are very important for both domestic and international trade. The Secretary further said that in Pakistan, a number of organizations are responsible for achieving tangible results met the compliance requirements. However these organizations cannot continue function in isolation so they have to work hand in hand to produce effective results. He emphasized that laws do exist in Pakistan, but they need to be revisited for making them compatible for effective enforcement. He appreciated the job done under TRTA programme in strengthening the conformity assessment capabilities of relevant organizations of Pakistan. So as make Pakistan meet its compliance requirements of global trade.

Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Yousuf, Chief Executive Officer of National Productivity Organization (NPO) informed the conference participants that Prime Minister of Pakistan has announced Quality Award to encourage the export oriented organizations and he hoped that this award would be a milestone to promote quality concern in the country.

Dr. Anwar El Tawil, International Expert on Standards and Conformity Assessment, presenting recommendations at the Conference

Dr. Anwar El Tawil, UNIDO International Expert in Standards and Conformity Assessment who led and coordinated the series of workshops presented a set of recommendations on standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment to the Government of Pakistan. These recommendations were prepared in consultation with Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority (PSQCA), Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) and participants of the conference from other public and private sector.

The main finding was to prepare and adopt the national policy on technical regulations and to establish a national mechanism for coordinating the trade regulations for products and services set by different bodies at different levels and advice on the setting of trade regulations wherever required. This mechanism should be established in the framework of the Ministry of Science and Technology in association with all the stakeholder Ministries. It was further recommended that Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) should be independent authority under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Participants at the National Conference

Mr. Zawdu Felleke, Chief Technical Advisor of TRTA II programme presented the vote of thanks to the conference participants. He said that under TRTA programme, we are committed to work closely with PSQCA, PNAC and NPO in strengthening their capabilities and to effectively perform their mandated functions. He emphasized that TRTA programme will keep on encouraging and support public and private sector to work together in their concerned efforts for implementing conformity assessment regime in Pakistan.