PSQCA’s Recognition Scheme for Inspection Agencies
PSQCA, Federal Government’s sole National Standards Body of Pakistan, is regulating and registering the Inspection Agencies since 1982 under “Inspection Agencies Registration and Regulation Rules 1981” andhas been authorized for “Registration of Inspection Agencies” operating in Pakistan; in exercise of power conferred under section VIII, sub-section XXII of PSQCA Act of 1996XXII.
In year 2015, PSQCA revised its Inspection Agencies Registration Scheme and decided to align its registration criteria in accordance with International StandardISO/IEC 17020:2012 guidelines,along withLaw of the Land &other organizational sustainability requirements. Thus, providing recognition to its registered Inspection Agencies internationally through MoUs signed by PSQCA with different National Standards Bodies / Agencies of the World.
Registration of Inspection Agencies for specific scope of inspection activities is granted for one year initially, and then renewed for two years. The PSQCA’s Registration Scheme for Inspection Agencies (IAs) provides a formal registration of an inspection Agency’s services for its integrity and reliability. Achieving effective inspection is important as it ensures the safety of public health, environment, plant machinery, equipment, structures and systems in operation. Upon registration, the organization is deemed to be capable of meeting standards of quality, performance, technical competence and professional judgment.
The registration certificates issued before 1st April 2015 have been cancelled and require re-registrationwith PSQCA under revised Registration Scheme. Unregistered Inspection Agencies are hereby informed to obtain PSQCA’s registration, otherwise legal action could be initiated against the unregistered Inspection Agencies.All the persons, companies, utility corporations, trade associations, airport seaport & dry port authorities, terminal operators, regulatory bodies / authorities, insurance firms, councils, boards, Government departments /institutions, Government agencies and other entities etc are hereby informed to acquire / allow the inspection services only from PSQCA registered legal Inspection Agencies to avoid legal complications.