ISLAMABAD: 7 out of nine laboratories and technological offices of the Pakistan Criteria and also Quality Assurance Authority (PSQCA) do not have legitimate operating permits.
Information posted on the website of the Pakistan National Certification Council (PNAC) reveal that the Food Testing Laboratory PSQCA in Karachi as well as the Technical Providers Centre (TSC)-PSQCA in Lahore delight in validity of their licences approximately Might 2022 and November 2021, specifically.
The permit of PSQCA Control Centre (QCC), Lahore, ended in July 2019. The operating permits of Sugar Testing Lab, Quality Control Centre, Karachi; Water Screening Laboratory, PSQCA, Karachi; Oil & Fat Screening Lab, Quality Control Centre PSQCA, Karachi; Microbiological Research Laboratory PSQCA, Karachi; as well as the Building Material Testing Laboratory, PSQCA, Karachi, ended in July 2020. The operating permit of PSQCA Specification Growth Centre (SDC)-Conformity Assessment (CAN) ran out in June 2021. All these laboratories are not just in charge of preserving requirements of industrial products however likewise include consumer things as well as edible items.
Talking to Dawn, a senior PSQCA official, while requesting anonymity, recognized that these labs and also organizations required recognition from the Pakistan National Certification Council (PNAC).
Surprisingly, the PSQCA, in spite of the suspension of accreditation for almost two years, has actually been releasing examinations records of these labs.
An additional PSQCA official claimed the accreditation of key laboratories was put on hold due to non-compliance with compulsory needs of the PNAC.
“Because the PSQCA labs are not certified, there would be a question mark on their reports on the basis of which the standard as well as quality of required accreditation items are ascertained,” the authorities said.
To name a few obligations, the PSQCA has the mandate to impose and also implement top quality and also environmental management systems (ISO:9001 -2000 as well as ISO:14000) and also aid regional industries to obtain qualifications for these.
The PSQCA-Quality Control Centre has not had a legitimate operating permit since July 2019 however it continues to work as a multifunctional screening laboratory and also supplies screening solutions in the field of food, materials, papers & fabrics, microbiology as well as water screening.
The PSQCA-QCC is presently offering screening facilities versus 120 samples, consisting of animal feed, biscuits, bleaching fluid and also powder, concrete, chilly beverages, cooking oil, fertiliser, dry battery cell, electric fans, electric iron, electrical motor (complete test) and so on
. In a similar way, the permit of Microbiological Laboratory PSQCA, Karachi ended in July 2020. Its key features include finding microbes in different mediums. In beverages, this lab conducts examinations to discover coliforms, e-coli, yeast and mold, while tests for coliforms, fecal coliforms, e-coli, pseudomonas and tests to identify feasible matter of salmonella as well as staphylococcus aureus are carried out in food items.