By Nasir Mahmood
KARACHI: Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) failed to introduce Mobile Testing Laboratories (MTLs) in different cities of the country to improve its monitoring mechanism through enhanced market surveillance and surprise visits. The authority claims that it has a MTL already functional in Karachi while similar laboratories are going to be introduced in other major cities to achieve better results and improve efficiency. However, the consumers in Karachi are unaware of any such MTL and its efficiency. According to sources the PSQCA, an organization under administrative control of Ministry of Science & Technology, is mandated to formulate standards and monitor the quality of products falling under Compulsory Certification Mark Scheme. Presently, 107 items are included in the mandatory scheme of PSQCA out of which 37 are food items. Bottled Drinking Water PS: 4639-2010, Natural Mineral Water PS: 2102-2010, Banaspati (Ghee) Ps: 221 and Oil PS: 2858 also fall under the mandatory list of PSQCA. The sources stated that PSQCA had constituted market surveillance teams in different regions of the country; they were active and taking appropriate steps, they said, including seizure of plants for non-compliance to requisite Quality and Safety Standards of mandatory items.