The European Union (EU) funded Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) programme implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in association with International Trade Centre (ITC) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Coordination with Ministry of Science & Technology and Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) are organizing an interactive focus group series of Workshop with UNIDO for the development of framework for Technical Regulations at Marriott Hotel, Karachi. In this workshop National and International experts discussed on the National Quality Policy (NQP), Current Pakistan National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) and challenges for WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade in Pakistan. Mr. Martin Kellermann an international UNIDO expert discussed the first step to develop a new all-encompassing National Quality Policy for Pakistan.
The National Quality Infrastructure depends on 04 major policies i.e. Metrology, Standards, Accreditation and Conformity. Government of Pakistan already developed National Quality Policy in 2005 but all its commitments were not fulfilled and the word of Standard, Quality and the Technical Regulations has changed dramatically in the mean time. Now the 1st draft of National Quality Policy is under preparation and after the completion of draft, the same will be circulated to all stakeholders for their approval. Now Pakistan should therefore not hesitate to develop a new NQP, especially in the light of the increased focus on exports, mindful of the success that countries in and around the subcontinent.
The NQP provide Metrology, Standards, Accreditation services and Conformity at the fundamental level. These support the inspection, testing and certification services that provide the compliance evidence. Mr. Martin Kellermann read a concept paper that present the rationale for the development of such a NQP was developed. The concept paper includes a draft content list based on international good practices as well as a series of discussion and decision points that have to be considered in Pakistan context during the development of the policy. He also shared that the International practices and procedures for standards and Technical Regulations development and how to align with these practices for International acceptance. In Pakistan, Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority (PSQCA), National Physics & Standards Laboratory (NPSL), Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) and Pakistan Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (PCSIR) are NQI institutions and help to make new NQP for Pakistan. The participants are drawn from the main Pakistan organizations involved in standards setting and conformity assessment bodies such as PSQCA, PNAC, PCSIR and NPSL as well as from certification bodies, private sector, users of standards and technical regulators.
After the completion of series of Focus Group meetings with UNIDO (TRTA II) and important stakeholder groups that would play an important role in the proposed National Quality Forum deliberations to develop a National Quality Policy, the recommendations will shared with Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST) and representatives of the current NQI organizations to (i) render the NQI acceptable to international community (ii) to better serve the needs of the authorities and the private sectors in Pakistan, and (iii) to facilitate its financial sustainability in the long run, which will be sent to government and policy makers to approve and replace the now-defunct 2005 National Quality Policy.