Unification of Food Standards by Harmonization between Federation & Provinces
|Reform Description||Same Food Standards Now Applicable to All Food Businesses Across Pakistan
Before: Manufacturers of food products had to get certified against multiple standards of different provinces and the federal government.
|Beneficiaries||All Food Sector Businesses (Including SMEs)|
|Jurisdiction/Location||Federal and Provincial (Entire Pakistan)|
|Department||Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA)
Punjab Food Authority
Sindh Food Authority
KP Food Authority
Baluchistan Food Authority
|Date of Implementation||20-08-2021|
|● After devolution in 2011, food became a provincial subject. Overtime, the provincial food authorities developed their own food standards which resulted in multiple standard regimes.
● Hence, compliance to different sets of standards across provinces required extra resources, including time, effort, and money to make themselves eligible to sell.
● This was an extra burden for food manufacturers who wished to expand their operations across provincial borders.
|Analysis||● Due to the constitutional provisions, provinces had independent jurisdiction over regulating food products. However, it was possible to harmonize the standards across the country.|
|Solution||● The Federal and Provincial Governments discussed this difficulty of businesses in the Council of Common Interests (CCI) who decided that there should be single national standards throughout the country.
● PSQCA and provincial food authorities collaborated to analyze different standards to select the most appropriate ones for common adoption.
● Resultantly, 175 food standards have been notified which are being used by all authorities.
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