KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has commended traders for improvement in the levels of product compliance to standards on imported products.
Recently, ZABS conducted market surveillances and inspections on various imported products that fall under mandatory standards.
According to a statement availed to the Daily Mail last week, statistics indicate that in August 2016, a total of 197 samples were received from the border offices and submitted to the testing laboratories at the bureau.
â€œBy the end of August, 68 product sample results were received and 41 of those results were compliant to applicable standards representing 60.2 percent compliance levels.
â€œWe are pleased to note that the results available showed that 60.2 percent of the sampled products were compliant to Zambian standards,â€ the statement reads.
Product samples included fertiliser, food stuffs, chemicals and electrical products, condoms and batteries.
ZABS says products that did not meet the applicable standards were seized and withdrawn from the market in accordance with the standards act to ensure the safety of consumers.
ZABS has modern laboratories for testing and analysis of products such as foodstuffs, water, beverages, detergents, fertilisers, paints and condoms to meet national and international standards as well as client specifications.
Meanwhile, ZABS has bemoaned the high increase in the use of sub-standard building materials citing it threatens infrastructure development in the country.
ZABS deputy director for technical services Margaret Lungu said despite the bureau developing standards for the wiring code, people are still using unqualified personnel to handle their projects, and this is against the law.
Mrs Lungu said this in Lusaka recently, that consumers and tenants should adopt the responsibility to choose qualified people to conduct their work to enable them develop quality infrastructure.
â€œWe are trying to implement building management systems that will promote the use of correct standards in the construction industry which is still low. We are talks with some stakeholders to ensure that we strengthen the implementationâ€.
KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka