Islamabad: Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC), a national apex body on Accreditation celebrated World Accreditation Day on Monday to highlight the importance of accreditation process towards ensuring provision of quality products and services and thus ensuring consumers’ confidence.
The theme for this year “Accreditation: Delivering Confidence in the Provision of Energy” is the most appropriate keeping in view the ever-increasing demand for the energy and the important role that energy plays in socio-economic development of societies.
Mr. Kamran Ali Qureshi,Federal Secretary Ministry of Science of Technology , graced the occasion as the cheif guest ,acknowledged the achievements made by PNAC like Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) from International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation and Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) from International Accreditation Forum. The Regional & International apex bodies respectively.
“ Pakistan is facing acute energy shortages due to ever increasing demand. Simultaneously, there is pressure on industry to cut emissions and to introduce energy efficiency measures.
Since the generation, storage and distribution of energy involves complex supply chains and processes, often concerning cross-border trade and distribution of volatile substances, therefore the need for ensuring conformity to internationally recognized standards becomes even more pressing. The commercial development of alternative renewable sources of energy needs to demonstrate value in terms of cost, reliability, durability and performance. It needs to be environment friendly as well, he added.
He focused that Accreditation provides assurance and guarantee in the competence and integrity of conformity assessment bodies responsible to ensure implementation of all the required standards, regulations and other government policies.
It is highly important that the consumers get assurance in respect of the safety, security of the goods and services they utilize. This confidence can only be gained through the application of management systems supported by credible testing and inspections.
While speaking on the occasion Director General, PNAC Khalid Mahmood said that goods & Services need to adopt standards in line with the WTO requirements and its Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) to support global competence and compatibility. He focused on the need of accreditation keeping in view the consumer confidence.
He said in his welcome note “I urge all public and private organizations to obtain accreditation of their labs for better acceptability in domestic and international market. The exporters are specially advised to avail the internationally recognized services of PNAC at local cost to get them accredited so that their products/services are accepted everywhere in the world.
The local cost for accreditation is far less than that of the foreign Accreditation. On attaining the status of MRA and MLA PNAC has been included in the list of Accreditation Bodies who claim “Accredited by PNAC is Accepted everywhere in the World”.
He further focused on the need of Halal & Medical labs Accreditation and elaborated as “In China 100 % Medical Labs are accredited, in developed countries more than 80% Labs are accredited and even in India more than 500 Labs are accredited.
PNAC has accredited only eight Medical Labs up till now, Six from Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) one of public Sector (Services Institute of Medical Sciences) and one from private Sector (Chughtai Labs, Lahore) as per ISO 15189. This will ensure for providing quality health care services to the people in Pakistan. PNAC has beefed up its measures to accredit a large number of medical labs to ensure the health safety of Pakistani citizen.”
On the occasion Chief technical advisor, UNIDO Mr. Bruno Valanzuolo also talked and appreciated the efforts of PNAC.