Pakistan Council of Scientific Industrial Research (PCSIR) was established 1953 under societies act to promote the cause of science and technology in the country. Since 1973, it is functioning under the act of parliament which was amended in 1984. Chief Executive of the council is the Chairman who is appointed by the Federal Government. The 21- member council is the policy making body of the PCSIR, which is composed of Chairman, three member of the Governing Body, four Director Generals of PCSIR Laboratories, four representatives from four ministers, four Directors of Industries, on from each province and six representative of the industry. The Governing Body is the executive organ of the council and comprises of the Chairman and three full-time members viz member (Science), Member (Technology) and Member (Finance), nominated by the Government. The Head office of the PCSIR is functioning at Islamabad where offices of the Chairman, Member (Science), Member (Technology) and Member (Finance) and Secretary PCSIR are located.

There are eleven laboratories / Units and five HRD Centres established throughout the country, headed by Director Generals/ Directors who directly report to the Chairman

The Lahore Laboratories Complex formerly known as the West Regional Laboratories started functioning with staff in a wing of the Punjab Universities, Institute of Chemistry in 1953. This set up was shifting in 1956 to the present permanent site for which 68.5 acres of the land were earmarked by the Punjab Government in 1955.

The Lahore unit of PCSIR has as commendable record of achievements. Its scientists and technologists boost of having completed more than 500 processes. Many of these are in commercial production. As many as 100 processes have been patented. In addition to applied research, their level of accomplishment in basis research, the feedback for applied research, is further evident from more than 3500 research publication in journal of national and international stands.

The laboratories are assisting the academic institutions by providing facilities to their M.Sc., M.Phill and Ph.D. students which to date can be counted in thousands Various Centres and Divisions are manned by highly trained researchers. Necessary additional facilities such as workshops, libraries and pilot plants are adequately available to meet the R&D support needs.

Besides this LLC is also assigning the industry in public / private sector and Government department for compliance the products according to WTO regimes like TBT & SPS for their sustainability in the global market. For the purpose, quality services under ISO/ IEC 17025 : 2005 are being extended to the exporters, importers and manufacturers etc., throughout Pakistan multidimensional areas of testing and calibration. PCSIR labs. Complex lahore is also certified under ISO 9001:2008 by TUV nord Germany

PCSIR Labs Complex Lahore has the following functional centres under its umbrella:

  • Applied Chemistry Research Centre
  • Applied Physics, Computers and Research Centre
  • Centre for Environmental Protection Studies
  • Centre for Development of Laboratory Equipment
  • Electrical Measurement Test Laboratory
  • Engineering Services Centre
  • Food and Biotechnology Research Centre
  • Glass & Ceramics Research Centre
  • Mineral Processing Research Centre
  • Pakistan Institute of Technology for Minerals & Advance Engineering Materials (PITMAEM)