It was highlighted that PSQCA was the recognized National Standards Body in Pakistan working with scientists and engineers in diverse fields and was entrusted with the task of formulating Pakistan Standards along with their enforcement. PSQCA components included Standards Development Centre (SDC), Quality Control Centre (QCC) and Technical Services Center (TSC). PSQCA was also a member body of International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electro-Technical Commission (IEC), International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) and other regional organizations concerned with development of international standards.
Speaking at the occasion, Muhammad Khalid Siddiq, Director General, PSQCA said that compliance of standards and quality would help in sustainable promotion of business activities and private sector should make efforts to produce and sell standards and quality compliant raw material and finished products in order to improve its business prospects. He said PSQCA was regulating 109 items which included 37 food items, 64 non-food items and 8 energy efficiency items. He said that total 22,368 standards were in vogue in Pakistan to ensure that the consumer get good quality products. He said PSQCA was ready to train manufacturers and retailers for ensuring compliance of standards.
In his welcome address, Sheikh Amir Waheed, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry thanked the PSQCA for organizing awareness seminar for the benefit of business community. He said ICCI has already circulated the list of compulsory items of PSQCA through email to its members so that they could ensure availability of licensed products at their outlets. He assured that ICCI would continue to work with PSQCA to improve the compliance of standards and quality of finished products in the region.
Muhammad Naveed Senior Vice President and Nisar Mirza Vice President ICCI also spoke at the occasion and assured that Chamber would cooperate in promoting quality culture among business community. The representatives of trade and industry asked many questions regarding standards and quality to the PSQCA officers and received detailed answers.