Experts from Japan Legislative Bureau of National Diet Assembly during their interaction with officials of Senate Secretariat on Wednesday were given a comprehensive briefing on the Standardisation & Quality Control Laws in Pakistan. They were also briefed about relevant subordinate legislation, functions and components of Pakistan Standard & Quality Control Authority and the challenges faced in proper implementation of standards and quality control due to overlapping jurisdiction, parallel regulatory bodies and multiplication of enactments and resulting confusion of enforcement procedures. Senate Secretary Amjad Pervaiz Malik termed it a good opportunity for senate to undergo an exercise to draft a model law on quality control and standards in Pakistan learning from the experience of the drafters at Japan Legislative Bureau and from the effective quality control system in Japan. This will work simultaneously on training of Senate’s legislation wing and legislative drafting unit and coming up with an excellent legislation addressing the concerns and grievances in quality control and standards maintenance in Pakistan. Both sides agreed that the said legislation cannot be made efficient by executive and legislature alone and the business community, chambers and manufacturers have an equally important role to play. Legislation joint secretary gave a comparative analysis of the quality control mechanism in place in Japan and Pakistan to the visiting delegates. The briefing also identified the gaps in implementation and enforcement mechanism in Pakistan and the areas where help from Japan Legislative Bureau would be sought learning from their example. It may be noted that the initiative of drafting this over-arching legislation was taken by Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani to bring all matters related to standards and quality control under one head and resolve the problems faced by the common man as well as address the issue of low exports and balance of trade. Published in Daily Times, December 6th 2018.