Islamabad, August 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): Supported under the EU funded Trade Programme (TRTA II), the Pakistan National Accreditation Council, an organ of the Ministry of Science and Technology, has achieved a Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) with the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF) for Quality Management System – ISO 9000 (QMS) and Environmental Management System – ISO 14000 (EMS) during the course of 20th PAC plenary meetings at Honolulu, USA. PNAC is the 13th Accreditation Body of the pacific region to attain MLA signatory status in QMS and 15th Accreditation Body to attain signatory status in EMS.
In recognition of this achievement, an event was organized yesterday in Islamabad by the Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with UNIDO, the implementing agency of TRTA II Programme.
The event was presided by the Federal Minister for Science and Technology, H. E. Mr. Zahid Hamid. Acting Ambassador of the EU Delegation, Mr. Pierre Mayaudon, as well as government officials and representatives of the certification bodies took part in the event. Furthermore, certificates were awarded to the participants who are now registered with PNAC in their pool of lead assessors in ISO 17025 (testing and calibration).
Mr. Zahid Hamid appreciated the support provided by EU under TRTA II. Group participants at the eventMr. Pierre Mayaudon stated that EU is the first trading partner of Pakistan with a total volume of exchanges in excess of 8.5 billion Euros. “We are convinced that EU-Pakistan cooperation will progress further if Pakistan is granted the new GSP Plus status by the end of this year”. He further elaborated that, by acquiring the ‘MLA’ status, the PNAC has been enabled to enhance exports.
The TRTA II additional contribution towards quality improvement in Pakistan also includes the drafting of a National Quality policy jointly with the Ministry of Science and Technology that has been submitted to the Cabinet for approval and implementation.
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