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As a consumer Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) has services that are of benefit to you

Standards are meant as a quality assurance tool. As a consumer for many products and services, there are many standards addressing different sectors. Visit the Standards catalogue and filter by the different sectors of interest.

Calibration Services

BOBS can help with calibration of testing and measuring instruments. For more information visit the Calibration Services Page

Training Services
BOBS offers training on some of the standards, namely
Testing Services

As a consumer you might want to verify a product you seek to purchase against a standard. BOBS has laboratories that offer testing in areas of micro-biology, chemistry, textiles, mechanical, civil engineering, and electrical engineering. This is a way for you to have assurance on the quality of the product you are purchasing. To get more information visit the Testing Services page.

Certification Services

There are some products that are certified by BOBS against a Standards. This is a way for you to have assurance on the quality of the product. To get a product certified or a list of products that are certified visit the Certified Products page

Regulation of Compulsory Standards
Some products in Botswana are regulated by law. This means that by law these products must conform to the compulsory standards. These standards affect some of the products in the market, and so are an assurance to you for their safety. To get a list of products that fall under these standards visit the Regulated Products page
Regulation of Measuring & Weighing Instruments for Trade

Traders use measuring and weighing instruments to package and price their products. To ensure that these instruments are measuring correctly, by law they must be checked and verified for measuring correctly. BOBS does these checks on an annual basis and as a sign of compliance or non-compliance these instruments marked with a Stamp of assize sticker. To ensure you are buying from a trader using checked and compliant instruments verify the sticker. To get more information on the stickers visit the Stamp of Assize stickers page

Information Centre

The BOBS Information Centre situated at the Head Office in Gaborone is an international reference point for information about standards, technical regulations, and certification servicess in Botswana. You are free to visit or contact the centre to get more information. Visit the Info Centre page to learn more as well as their contact details.

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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When things don't work as they should, it often means that standards are absent.

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