‘PSQCA focused on combating counterfeiting’

KARACHI: The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) is fully aware of the substandard counterfeit products and has already launched a crackdown on these products in the best interest of consumers and industry.
The PSQCA’s task force teams, along with equipped mobile testing laboratory and consumer NGOs representatives, regularly visiting markets, stores, factories and open bazaars to combat counterfeit products.
These were the views of PSQCA Director General Pir Bakhsh Jamali, which were read at a seminar by QCC-PSQCA Director Shabbir Ahmed Qureshi, who attended the event on behalf of the PSQCA DG on Monday.
The seminar on combating counterfeiting was jointly organized to mark the World Anti Counterfeiting Day 2014 by Helpline Trust, the consumers Eye Pakistan (TCEP) and Consumer Voice Pakistan (CVP) with the collaboration of PSQCA.
In his speech the DG PSQCA said that the seminar on occasion of World Anti Counterfeiting Day-2014 is indeed a step in the right direction to aware people about the effects of counterfeiting. 
He said that PSQCA will not let counterfeiters free or unchecked in Pakistan as well as fully cooperate with all stake holders regarding this menace. 
He also assured organizers his full support for their efforts against substandard counterfeit products in the country. 
Director General PSQCA acknowledged and appreciated organizers for their efforts relating protection of consumer’s rights. 
Addressing the occasion, founder trustee of Helpline Trust Hamid in his opening Remarks called for strict consumer protection law to combat counterfeiting and provide protection to industry as well as consumers. 
He also called for need of consumer laws and consumer Courts in Sindh province. 
Chairman Consumers Eye Pakistan (TCEP), Umar Ghauri in his key note speech stressed the need to combat counterfeiting and piracy, which has also been found, linked to public safety issues. 
A strict and forceful enforcement of existing laws is needed to control the proliferation of counterfeit products, which put human lives at risk, he added. 
He appreciated those manufacturers and retailers who are in forefront in combating counterfeiting. 
President, Consumers Voice Pakistan (CVP), Rasim Khan in his speech said that our markets are flooded with counterfeit products including life saving drugs is being sold without fear of punishment.
Some manufacturers use non-food grade plastics and colours in their products while other manufacturers use old rusted tins and plastic bottles for packing cooking oils and bottled water, he added. 
The seminar covered a wide range of topics relating to anti counterfeiting activities, Consumer Protection Laws and quality standards, enforcing laws and the role of consumer NGOs protecting consumers. 
The seminar was largely attended by representatives from corporate sector, NGOs, social workers students and volunteers.

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