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ZABS celebrates at 50

ZABS By LEE HAMUNJI
THE year 2014 is important particularly because Zambia is celebrating her Golden Jubilee under the theme “Commemorating God’s favour of Zambia’s 50 years of independence for continued peace, unity, democracy and prosperity.”
Zambia at 50 is an incredible celebration, and it is an event that is worthy rejoicing. Government has implored all public bodies, the private sector as well as individuals from all walks of life to start preparing how to brand the country as it attains 50 years of independence.
As the momentum heats up with activities for Golden Jubilee celebrations lined up, Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) joins the rest of the citizenry in wishing Zambia a memorable Golden Jubilee celebration.
The celebration marks the attainment of an important milestone in the history of our beloved country, aptly to the nation’s recognition and eternal gratitude to God, the Creator, for preserving Zambia as an oasis of peace in a world often beset by civil strife and other calamities, both man-made and natural.
During this celebration, ZABS reaffirms its commitment in line with our mandate to ensure that the products that are manufactured are those that meet the Zambian standards of good quality. Consumers get value for their money when the products they buy are of good quality and meet the minimum standards requirement.
ZABS implements compulsory standards through import and export inspec-tions. This is within its Import Quality Monitoring Scheme (IQMS) mandate.
Furthermore, ZABS operates a certification scheme whereby products meeting standards are given a quality mark which signals to the consumer that the product is of good quality. This again is within ZABS’ Domestic Quality Monitoring Scheme (DQMS) mandate. Manufacturers, get your products certified!
During the Golden Jubilee celebrations and beyond, ZABS will continue offering services that are beneficial to both the industry and consumers.
One of the services that ZABS is offering is the IQMS which was introduced in 2003.  The rationale of IQMS is to ensure that products that enter the Zambian market are thoroughly inspected to ensure that they meet the minimum requirement of the set standards of the country.
This helps the importer to supply products that are of a certain quality and hence avoid risks that could accompany products that are not inspected by ZABS. On the other hand, IQMS helps consumers by only allowing on the market products that meet the set standards.
Through its inspection department, ZABS has become a beacon through which entrepreneurs could be helped nurture their businesses and expand through adherence to IQMS.
To serve the public effectively and efficiently, ZABS has enhanced its border presence. We are in Katima Mulilo, Nakonde, Livingstone, Chirundu, and now in Mwami and Chanida.
Other than the IQMS, ZABS also offers the DQMS where locally produced goods are inspected to ensure compliance to standards.
Industries such as the mines and hospitals, ZABS is awarding you during this Golden Jubilee celebration by offering you calibration services that are traceable to international measurement standards.
Calibration services include mass, length, force, volume, temperature, pressure and electrical.
The ZABS metrology laboratory houses the national measurement standards. At ZABS, we have modern laboratories for testing and analysing products in line with national and international standards as well as client specifications.
The tested products include foodstuffs, water for chemical and microbiological tests, meat and milk products, beverages for chemical and micro-biological tests, soaps and detergents, fertilisers, and mining and exploration samples for metal content, among others.
The ZABS library is a selling agent for international standards (ISO and IEC), regional and foreign standards. It is also the WTO/TBT enquiry point. The library is open to all and the general public is encouraged to subscribe as members.
As we celebrate the Golden Jubilee, we wish to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that industries comply with the set standards and consumers get value for their money through the quality of products they buy.
The author is Zambia Bureau of Standards Public Relations Officer
For more information, contact:
The Director
Zambia Bureau of Standards
Lechwe House, Freedom Way – Southend.
P.O. Box 50259, Lusaka-Zambia
Tel: +260-211 231385 Email: lee@zabs.org.zm
Website: www.zabs.org.zm.

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