Director General, Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) visits the OICCI

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Mr. Muhammad Khalid Siddiq, Director General, Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) visited the OICCI on Tuesday, October 03, 2017. He was received by Secretary General Muhammad Abdul Aleem.

After a brief introduction to OICCI, the SG presented PSQCA related issues of the OICCI members which includes jurisdictional issues between PSQCA and Punjab Food Authority, refinery standards requiring additional approvals, lack of laboratory testing facility for pesticides, products not mandated by PSQCA standards required to undergo testing at customs stage and the need to hold meetings of PSQCA Technical Committee not only in Karachi but in different cities to ensure wider participation.

Director General, PSQCA Muhammad Khalid Siddiq, responded to each issue raised by OICCI members. In respect of the conflict with the Punjab Food Authority he informed the members in detail about the actions taken by the PSQCA to resolve the matter amicably in accordance with the powers delegated by the country’s constitution. He further informed that they have also raised their concerns with Chief Minister Punjab and held various meeting with the concerned provincial officials of Punjab and expressed his optimism that this will be resolved soon. In respect of the refinery standards he agreed with members suggesting that only PSQCA should be the relevant authority to set standards related to quality and for Laboratory testing facilities he encouraged the private sector to come forward and establish a state of the art facility as PSQCA does not have the resources to set up a Laboratory on their own.

He also agreed that meetings of technical committees should be held in other cities representatives of the other provinces or these meetings to be conducted through video conferencing for larger participation. He also explained in detail about actions being taken to improve PSQCA performance and effectiveness, including recruiting new staff, implementing e-commerce solutions and collaborating with other concerned authorities.

The session concluded with a Q&A session with the participants.

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