Assessors Course for inspection bodies according to ISO/IEC 17020

Monday, April 9, 2012

The contribution of Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) such as Testing & Calibration Labs, Medical Labs, Certification Bodies and Inspection bodies has become essential to promote exports in the challenging WTO regime. These views were expressed by Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science & Technology Mr. Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar here in Islamabad who inaugurated the Assessors Course for Inspection Bodies Jointly arranged by Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC), Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST) & Norwegian Accreditation (NA), Norway on 12 April, 2012 in Hillview Hotel Islamabad. The Chief Guest further added that importance of accreditation is increasing every day in this era of technological advancement and competition in the world market. He stressed that it is important for the public and private sector to become competitive in the national and international markets by getting the products tested and certified from accredited CABs. He underlined the need for creating awareness among masses about the benefits of accreditation. He was of the view that accreditation is vital for building confidence of the consumers in a product or service. He said that competition in the world market grows under the WTO regime by the hour, the demand for the quality products and services duly certified through a third party that is internationally recognized under the accreditation system, is on the rise. He informed that our export, in particular would depend on our ability to respond to customer’s requirement. Secretary, Ministry of Science & Technology explained that such programs would be continued by the ministry to support this area in future. Secretary, MoST acknowledged the achievements made by PNAC like MRA status from APLAC / ILAC the Regional & International apex bodies. While speaking on the occasion Director General, PNAC S. Anjum Bashir 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 emphasized upon the need to enhance exports by creating opportunities of joint ventures between local and foreign companies and improving quality of products. Two Norwegian Trainers and one officer of PNAC were trained 22 participants of Inspection Bodies including WAPDA, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products services Pakistan, Inspectorate Pakistan, applusvelosi, National Development Complex, Islamabad.

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