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Regulation of measuring & weighing instruments for trade

Trade Metrology Unit

Regulation of measuring & weighing instruments for trade

Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) through the Trade Metrology Unit plays an important role of enforcing the Weights and Measures Act Chapter 43:06. It attempts to enhance consumer confidence in the marketplace, enable businesses to compete fairly at home and abroad, and to strengthen Botswana’s economy. This is carried out through inspections and verification of weighing and measuring instruments used for trade.

BOBS periodically verifies commercial weighing and measuring instruments to achieve, inter alia, the following objectives;

Maintain accurate and uniform weights and measures standards through traceability from international to commercial standards.
Curtail importation of substandard weighing and measuring instruments in the country.
Minimise the use of weighing and measuring instruments that do not conform to approved designs or meet the required.
Provide consumer protection.
The Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) understands the importance of impartiality and confidentiality in carrying out its management system certification activities. BOBS management is committed to gaining and maintaining the reputation, credibility and ultimately, confidence of its stakeholders in rendering its certification services. Additionally, BOBS strives to continuously manage foreseen potential conflicts of duty and interest and ensures objectivity of its activities under the management system certification. To achieve the above, BOBS shall identify, analyse, record and manage potential conflict of duty and interest to ensure that certification services are not provided within relationships that have been identified to pose an unacceptable threat to impartiality. An Impartiality Committee shall periodically review activities of the certification function to verify commitment to credibility and fairness. The Committee shall further assist in the development of policies relating to impartiality of providing certification activities. BOBS is committed to maintaining in strict confidence all information accessed while rendering the certification services and shall ensure that such information is not divulged to third parties without the Client’s written consent unless if required by law.
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