The Industrial Analytical Center (IAC) of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi has received a ‘certificate of accreditation’ from the Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC), Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan.
IAC offers a range of professional analytical and consultancy services to more than 700 private and public sector organizations and industries in Pakistan.
Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, and COMSTECH Coordinator General expressed these views while talking to a team of the IAC experts in a meeting held at the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry on Friday.
He praised the national role of PNAC, and said that this was an honour not only for the international center but also for the University of Karachi.
PANC has awarded a ‘certificate of accreditation’ to IAC, as PNAC accredits laboratories that conduct tests in the various fields of testing, including microbiological, chemical, food, construction and construction products, electrical, environmental, textiles, petrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals, he said. He said IAC had been providing its top-class analytical and consultancy services to public and private institutions. It is pertinent to mention here that PANC awarded first time this accreditation to IAC in 2010.
Talking about the proficiency test (PT), he said, that the industrial analytical center was also accredited by ISO standard (i.e. ISO/IEC 17043).
More than 700 industries in Pakistan are taking analytical and consultancy services from the IAC, he said. Talking about the Halal testing facility, he said that IAC offered a unique service in Pakistan to analyze the non-Halal ingredients in foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products. Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency (IAQA) has already declared H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi, standard laboratory for pesticide residue testing of food ingredients, he said.
He said, “IAC works under H.E.J. research institute, ICCBS – University of Karachi.”
The industrial analytical center also provides world-class training on analytical instruments, he said, adding that the center also owns the authority to issue a certificate of analysis.