Standards Development Centre (SDC)
Formerly PSI, and then the National Standards Body of Pakistan was established at Karachi in 1951. The Head Office of this Centre is located at Karachi while the regional offices are located at Karachi (Sindh), Lahore (Punjab), Peshawar (NWFP), Quetta (Balochistan) with total staff of 152 personnel (36 scientists and engineers).
Self-financing: Self finance institution since 1999.
As per notification issued by Govt. of Pakistan, all the ISO Standards (About 14000) have been directly adopted as Pakistan Standards. All Pakistan Standards, developed earlier, are being reviewed and the standards which can be replaced by ISO standards would be re-designated and only those standards would be retained as Pakistan Standard which are specific to our local products, raising number of Pakistan Standards to about 15,000.
Certification Marks Scheme: At present operating with 46 domestic Products (include edible oils, Banaspati Ghee, Drinking Water, Portland cement oil pressure stoves, biscuits, electric items and building materials etc.). During last five years, inspections were made and new licenses were issued / renewed; Registration of Inspection Agencies; registered Agencies 52.