ISLAMABAD – The Ministry of Science and Technology organised the National Quality Policy (NQP) Discussion Workshop to finalise working draft of the NQP, here on Tuesday.

The event was held in collaboration with the European Union-funded Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) programme, implemented by UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation). The stakeholders attending this consultative workshop discussed the identified challenges and proposed a way forward. 

Secretary MoST Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar said that conformity assessment services were provided by public and private sector inspection, testing and certification organisations.

He further said that the collection of these institutions is collectively known as the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) and, in Pakistan, the NQI does not meet these requirements and battles to gain international recognition. 

Martin Kellermann, an international expert at TRTA II said that Pakistan had started the journey well to develop a new NPQ.

“They must now complete the journey. International recognition is not negotiable; we have realities in the country. We need to cater cognisance of that and, in between, these two requirements, we need to find a way forward,” he suggested.