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Monthly Archive April 2018

Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority

Globalisation is an amazing phenomenon, among other benefits attached to it, is a competing quality standard. Continuously requiring improvements to have a competing advantage against other competitors in a market. World Trade Organisation is the one global organisation pushing for products to meet certain minimum requirements and enabling them for a global trade. Apart from quality, Standardisation of the manufactured products is very important to have wider global reach. A mobile phone charger designed by a Korean company, patented in the UK, manufactured in China and sold all over the world should be designed to such a standard that can be adopted in any region of the world. Such are the cases where globally traded items fall under consideration to be developed on common or adoptable design standards so as to maximize the production and utilization across the globe.

Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade  (TBT Agreement) is the one legal document where member states:

Recognizing the important contribution that international standards and conformity assessment systems can make in this regard by improving the efficiency of production and facilitating the conduct of international trade;Desiring, however, to ensure that technical regulations and standards, including packaging, marking and labelling requirements, and procedures for assessment of conformity with technical regulations and standards do not create unnecessary obstacles to international trade;.

Pakistan being its signatory and to comply the obligation of TBT Agreement has assigned the task to Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA). PSQCA is established through an Act of the Parliament and is placed under the administrative control of the Ministry of Science & Technology. PSQCA is the designated National Enquiry Point (NEP) on behalf of the Federal Government for implementation of Technical Regulations, Standards & Conformity Assessment Procedures. With the establishment of PSQCA, Department of Central Testing Laboratories and Pakistan Standards Institute were dissolved.   PSQCA became the sole custodian of Standards and Quality control in Pakistan.

To perform the functions mandated tot he authority, Federal Govt has notified following rules:

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