President Asif Ali Zardari has stressed that local products should meet the standards set by an internationally recognized system of accreditation so as to successfully compete the global trade market.

The President urged the local entrepreneurs to utilize the internationally recognized accreditation services of Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) to ensure provision of high quality products and services to consumers.

In a message on World Accreditation Day on June 9, the President said this year’s theme ‘Accreditation: Facilitating world trade’ was of special significance to Pakistan which had been seeking `trade, not aid’ to address its economic ills.

He said endorsement of products and services by a credible and recognized system of accreditation ensures protection of consumers’ right and also saves the manufacturer from the wastage associated with multiple tests.

The President expressed satisfaction that PNAC was celebrating World Accreditation Day along with other member states of International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Lab Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

He congratulated the PNAC for raising awareness about the importance of accreditation and also for providing accreditation services to testing and inspection bodies and medical laboratories.

He said observing this day would help raise awareness among the business community about the importance of accreditation in promoting their businesses both in the domestic and in the international trade market.

He called upon the PNAC to continue its efforts to attain greater sophistication so as to become the leading accreditation body of the region.