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Which products fall under compulsory standards?

ZABS with HAZEL ZULU
THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) is your national standards body, established by an Act of Parliament, Cap 416 of the laws of Zambia.
The mandate is to develop national standards and ensure that they are implemented and also to conduct Quality Assurance and Calibration or standardisation of measuring instruments or (Metrology) activities.
I know that there is one perception that is out there though, the belief that ZABS regulates every product that is imported in the country as well as those manufactured within.
The answer is No.
The answer is no because, ZABS is not in charge of enforcing all standards. ZABS is in charge of enforcing only compulsory standards. There are over 2000 standards in Zambia of which currently there are 50 compulsory standards.
Voluntary standards cannot be enforced by regulation while non-compliance to compulsory standards is a crime under the laws of Zambia.
I thought therefore, that today I should make available to you dear readers a list of products that fall under compulsory standards.
LIST OF COMPULSORY STANDARDS
1 ZS 005 Lead Acid Batteries
2 ZS 017 Poultry Feed
3 ZS 018 Pig Feed
4 ZS 019 Cattle Feed
5 ZS 056 Toilet Soap
6 ZS 058 Laundry
7 ZS 063 Petroleum Jelly
8 ZS 071 School chalks- specification
9 ZSISO 20345 Personal protective equipment — Safety footwear
10 ZS 074 Shoe Polish –Specification
11 ZS 106 Safety of Household & Similar Electrical Appliances
12 ZS 189 Maize meal (Mealie meal)
13 ZS 201 Emulsion Paints For Interior And Exterior Use – Specification
14 ZS 234 Refined Edible Vegetable Oil
15 ZS 247 Household Hand Dishwashing Liquid Detergent
16 ZS 266 Reflex- Reflecting Vehicle Number Plates
17 ZS 295 HIGH GLOSS SYNTHETIC ENAMEL PAINT – SPECIFICATION
18 ZS 321 Opaque Beer
19 ZS 369 Automotive gasoil (diesel fuel)
20 ZS 371 Road Tank Vehicles For Petroleum- Based Flammable Liquids – Specification
21 ZS 380 Illuminating kerosene
22 ZS 388 Bottled Water
23 ZS 395 Unleaded Petrol (Gasoline) for motor vehicles
24 ZS 430 Clear Beer
25 ZS 431 Compound Fertilizers
26 ZS 435 Wheat Flour
27 ZS 436 Primary Dry Batteries
28 ZSISO 4074 Natural Latex Rubber Condoms – Requirements and Test Methods
29 ZS 429 The Handling, Storage, And Distribution Of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Lpg) In Domestic, Commercial, And Industrial Installations. Part 4: Transportation Of Lpg In Bulk By Road – Code of Practice
30 ZS 438 Biscuits
31 ZS 547 Lubricating Oils – Specifications Part1: Automotive Gear oils
32 ZS 547 Lubricating oils – Specification Part 2: Industrial Gear Oils for open Gears
33 ZS 547 Lubricating Oils – Specifications Part 3: Industrial Gear Oils for Enclosed Gears
34 ZS 554 Fruit Flavoured Drinks
35 ZS 558 Plugs and Socket Outlets ,Adaptors and Connection Units Part 1- Specifications for Rewirable and Rewirable 13a Fused Plugs
36 ZS 558 Plugs And Socket Outlets, Adaptors And Connection Units Part 2- Switched And Unswitched Sockets- Outlets
37 ZS 558 Plugs And Socket Outlets, Adaptors And Connection Units Part 3- Specification For Adaptors
38 ZS 559 Code of Practice For Inspection and Acceptance Criteria for Used Textiles Products – Salaula
39 ZS 560 Code of Practice For Inspection and Testing of Used Motor Vehicles for Road Worthiness
40 ZS 605 Fertilizer- Urea
41 ZS 606 Fertilizers – Ammonia Nitrate
42 ZS 607 Fertilizers- Calcium Ammonia Nitrate
43 ZS 608 Fertilizers- Ammonia Sulphate
44 ZS 688 Electric Cables with extended solid Dielectric insulation for fixed installations(300/500 V to 1900/3 300V) specification part 1:General
45 Electric Cables with extended solid Dielectric insulation for fixed installations(300/500 V to 1900/3 300V) specification part 2- Wiring Cables
46 Electric Cables with extended solid Dielectric insulation for fixed installations(300/500 V to 1900/3 300V) specification part 3 – PVC Distribution Cables
47 Electric Cables with extended solid Dielectric insulation for fixed installations(300/500 V to 1900/3 300V) specification part 4 –XLPE Distribution Cables
48 Electric Cables with extended solid Dielectric insulation for fixed installations(300/500 V to 1900/3 300V) specification part 5- Halogen-free distribution Cables
49 ZS 723 Peanut butter
50 ZS EN 197 Cement
Part 1: Composition, Specifications and Conformity Criteria for Common Cements
If you are a manufacturer or importer or a start-up company for that matter, make sure that you visit ZAB to learn more about the specifications, characteristics and requirements of the product that you are dealing in so that you adhere to set standards.
For more information
Contact the Director
Zambia Bureau of Standards
Lechwe House, Freedom way
P O Box 50259, Lusaka
Tel: 260-211-231385, zabs@ zamnet.org.zm
The author is Head- Marketing and Public Relations
hzulu@zabs.org.zm




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