ISLAMABAD - In an apparent attempt to further enhance country’s exports to meet the quality demands of world trade, contribution of accredited conformity assessment bodies (CBAs) has become essential.

These views were expressed by federal secretary, ministry of science and technology Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar while inaugurating the assessor course for inspection bodies jointly organized by Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) ministry of science and technology and Norwegian Council Norway.

The chief guest added that importance of accreditation is increasing every day in this era of technological advancements 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 Conformity Bodies (CABs).

He underlined the need for creating awareness among masses about benefits of accreditation. He was of the view that accreditation is imperative for building confidence of the consumers in a product or service. Secretary said that competition in the world markets 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.

Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar informed that our exports in particular, would depend on our ability to respond to consumer’s requirements. He explained that such programs would be continued by the ministry to support this area in future.

Secretary ministry of science and technology acknowledged the achievements made by PNAC like MRA status from APLAC/ILAC the regional and international apex bodies.

He said with the assistance of Norwegian Accreditation and UNIDO under trade related technical assistance programme has successfully accredited 51 laboratories 3 certification bodies 5 inspection bodies and a similar number of applications are under process.

While speaking on the occasion, Director General PNAC Anjum Bashir said that goods and services need to adopt standards inline 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.