|By the grace of Allah The Almighty, Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) has achieved a milestone of Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) with International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC). Now Pakistan is included in the list of countries having equivalence status for accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories all over the world. |
Accreditation with PNAC
The Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) working in accordance with the relevant ISO guides/standards and accredited by PNAC is authorized to issue certificates in the applicable disciplines using PNAC's logo.
This will ensure validity of the certificates and enhance credibility of the CAB in the market.
|Why is Accreditation necessary|
Accreditation is necessary to:
Reduce Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).
Improve quality of products and services.
Build confidence of consumers, importers & exporters.
Broaden the export base of the country.
|Benefits of Accreditation with PNAC |
Ensure through regular surveillance the continuous improvement in the operation of CAB and conversely improve the performance of enterprises and companies certified by them.
Build confidence of the consumers in a product or service certified by an accredited CAB.
Build confidence of the exporter that whatever he exports conform to international requirements.
Facilitate the regulators in maintaining security, health, safety, environment and other such requirements.
Enhance creditability of the companies and enterprises certified by accredited CAB.
Promote quality culture that provide opportunities for business and export.
Ensure that conformity assessment bodies consistently follow the applicable standards.
PNAC is committed to obtain international recognition through bilateral and multilateral recognition agreements. Such recognition will enable accredited Certification Bodies to meet obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).
|What is a conformity assessment body [CAB]|
The Conformity Assessment Body is an entity operating in conformance with the national & international standards relevant to its field of activities. The CAB certifies the manufacturers or the service providers and enterprises, which can demonstrate that they have implemented a system based on a national or international standard such as the Quality Management System (QMS) i.e. ISO-9000 and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) i.e. ISO-14000.
|What is Laboratory Accreditation|
Laboratory accreditation is the process, which provides independent evaluation of the integrity and competence of the laboratories according to the requirements of the applicable standards.
|Importance of Laboratory Accreditation|
Client makes decision on the basis of the results supplied by the laboratory. Some times these decisions have far reaching effects on the business, environment, health and safety issue. For example, we all are at risk if food testing or water testing laboratories use non calibrated equipment and produce invalid analytical measurements. Our children are at risk if a toy-testing laboratory produces invalid results. Similarly nations have regulations and requirements for security, environment and health reasons. Exporters and importers both would be more confident of the product tested by an accredited lab. The Laboratory Accreditation readily identifies the resources of a laboratory that can be used with confidence and assure that the findings of the laboratory can be relied upon.
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