14th October World Standards Day: International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

OPINION

ISO celebrate world standards day every year throughout world,  It is indeed a matter of great pleasure for Pakistan Government to take an active part in the celebration world Standards Day in Pakistan on this important day the consumer of Pakistan must know their rights, Sindh, Punjab has their Food Authorities and Punjab has already Consumer courts recently Sindh Govt also announced Consumer Courts, all the institutions promote quality consciousness and awareness about the requirements and impact of standards to our life.  I have express my heartiest greetings and best wishes to International Standards Organization (ISO), International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on this occasion; actually it is a day to give tribute to the collective and collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts’ worldwide who contribute in developing Standards both at national and international levels. Like other countries / member bodies of ISO, IEC and ITU, FPCCI Committee on Standards Compliance, NGOs also celebrating the World Standards Day with renewed commitment for improvement of Standardization and Quality Culture in the country the theme for this World Standards Day 2018 is “International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. It is of great relevance for the Development of new ideas and Standards.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is highly complex. Every industry standard, every investment rule, every technical agreement that is addressed requires not only significant expertise but also considerable time and effort. Overseeing this complexity, and doing it at the speed of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, demands a new approach to organizing international integration efforts. According to Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, we “stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another”. The central premise of his argument holds true: that the world has undergone massive change through a series of industrial revolutions – from the advent of water and steam power to electric power and the rise of electronics and computers. In Schwab’s crowd sourced book, written using concepts from the Third Industrial Revolution, he reasons that the scale, speed and impact of new technologies – built around artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, additive manufacturing and biotechnology – are so profound that in history “there has never been a time of greater promise or potential peril”. Progress in technology has always been linked to improvements in living standards. The original Industrial Revolution (1760–1840) saw significant economic development in the age of mechanisation through steam and water power. It certainly changed the world of work, as labour moved from human- and animal-centred activities to new mechanised devices. The Second Industrial Revolution (1870–1900) saw improvements in electricity, the internal combustion engine, modern communications, entertainment and using hydrocarbons to power our world. Once again the workforce changed as humans harnessed power at the flick of a switch to mass-produce the artifacts they needed to be more productive and make their lives easier and more comfortable. Certain types of employment disappeared and other flourished. The Third Industrial Revolution (1960 onwards) revolved around computing and communications technologies. The ability to process and transmit vast amounts of information and communicate from a vehicle heading towards Mars, a vessel submerged at the bottom of the ocean, or really anywhere humanity could reach, meant communication was no longer limited by geographical distances. In addition, computing power led to complex decisions involving vast sets of data being made in an instant. In the past five decades, the world transformed from what you knew (“knowledge”), to your abilities to obtain and use information using powerful computing and telecommunications devices (“application”). Again employment opportunities shifted and nowhere is this better explained than in Thomas L Friedman’s 2005 bestseller The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century (Quote Martin Butler)

I am sure that the theme will help in promoting and improving quality products for domestic as well as for consumer abroad by adopting standardization and quality control systems in global trade and industry to address and tackle the huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by the industrial pollutions and destruction of the world’s rainforests as well. On this “World Standards Day” commits itself to meet the future challenges by channeling all the available resources and capabilities.   Government intends to play a proactive role to protect not only the consumer’s rights but to facilitate the flourishing business in industrial sector to compete in the global market on the basis of standards products and services as well. People are synonymous to consumers, so we all are consumers. State distinguishes people as citizens. Whereas markets treat people as consumers and value them as customer. What is important for people is to realize their citizenship and to assert it to be protected as consumers. In the age of globalization, this realization has become more important than ever before. It is need of time for Government to focus on legislation to protect consumer rights and to ensure quality products by safeguarding citizens’ rights as consumers in the country.

Accreditation to a recognized quality standard may be essential for dealing with certain customers or complying with legislation. Public sector companies, for example, may insist that their suppliers achieve accreditation with quality standards. If you sell products in regulated markets, such as health care, food or electrical goods, you must be able to comply with health and safety standards designed to protect consumers. Accredited quality control systems play a crucial role in complying with those standards. Accreditation can also help you win new customers or enter new markets by giving prospects independent confirmation of your company’s ability to supply quality products, Quality assessment while “standards” could be differentiated according to method of measurement, configuration, level, and flexibility. A variety of quality control mechanisms operate in downstream compartments as a rule, Quality control improves folding efficiency and it prevents harmful. The Quality Standards Supports wide range of services within quality management in business and industry. The company specializes in quality consultancy, training organization as well as in component inspection and operations.

 

PSQCA

The PSQCA Act 1996 of the Parliament empowers Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority, as National Standard Body of Pakistan under the administrative control of Ministry Of Science & Technology. PSQCA started its operations since 1st December, 2000, as self-finance organization The PSQCA Act VI of 1996 and the functions performed by PSQCA fall within the ambit of Article :143 and 70(4) Federal Legislative List entry No.03,27,32,39,54 and 59 of Part I and entry No. 6,12 and 15 0f Part II, of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan,1973. The above, further authorize to perform as per International practices and Government of Pakistan’s agreement with WTO & ISO. The PSQCA and Government of Pakistan have adopted 22070 ISO Standards and developed 8857 Pakistan Standards. Food Standards are aligned with Codex Alimentarius Commission and traceable with WHO. These standards are on Food items and related products. The Government of Pakistan has declared 105 products as mandatory out of which 39 are food products.

FPCCI Committee on Standards

We are here to support Industry Government and policy makers. The subject of Quality Standards are more effective to boost Industrialization growth in Pakistan, this committee is working to improve the systems Managing quality is crucial for small businesses. Quality products help to maintain customer satisfaction and loyalty and reduce the risk and cost of replacing faulty goods. Companies can build a reputation for quality by gaining accreditation with a recognized quality standard, such as ISO 9001,

Customer Expectations

Customers expect to deliver quality products. If we do not, they will quickly look for alternatives. Quality is critical to satisfying our customers and retaining their loyalty so they continue to buy from you in the future. Quality products make an important contribution to long-term revenue and profitability. They also enable you to charge and maintain higher prices.

Reputation

Quality influences industries reputation. The growing importance of social media means that customers and prospects can easily share both favorable opinions and criticism of product quality on forums, product review sites and social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. A strong reputation for quality can be an important differentiator in markets that are very competitive. Poor quality or a product failure that results in a product recall campaign can create negative publicity and damage reputation.

Davos and the 4th industrial revolution

In 2016 Davos, 40 heads of state and 2 500 leaders from business and society were gathered to talk about some of the most important global challenges facing us today the leading political figuresex. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Queen Rania al-Yassin of Jordan, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Leading business executives also mingle from Facebook, AirBnb, Nestlé, Monsanto, IKEA and many others. I see international organizations were attended, The theme of World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos was the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Back in the 1700s, the world was transformed by the invention of the steam engine, followed by mass production and, much later, electronics. Today, as innovative cyber-physical systems like robots, 3D printing and driverless cars break the boundaries of what we consider possible, we are on the verge of a new industrial revolution they have decided to work for 4th industrial revolution they decide to require new standards sice than world working on it. New technologies also carry new risks. One of the most alarming for organizations is cyber threats.  raised an important conclusion, cyber security and the protection of valuable intellectual property are key challenges for artists in today’s digital era. ISO is very active in this area, developing tools to help organizations set up a solid cyber-security infrastructure and response system. Now it is 2018 are we capble to reduce risks and enter in 4th Industrial Revolation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: UZMA SABIR

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