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If you are in Mining, Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) has services that are of benefit to you.

Standards are meant as a quality assurance tool. As a miner of products, you can ensure that your products meet requirements of standards. There are many standards addressing different sectors and products. Visit the Standards catalogue and filter by the different sectors and products of interest.

Calibration Services

BOS can help with calibration of testing and measuring instruments that you use in your mining processes. For more information visit the Calibration Services Page

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

As a miner you might want to verify products you use in the production process. 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 products that you use. To get more information visit the Testing Services page.

Certification Services

Products can be certified against a Standard. This is a way for you to have assurance on the safety and quality of the products for mining. Your certified products will then bear the Standards Mark. To get more information on this service visit the Certification Services page

Regulation of Measuring & Weighing Instruments for Trade

Any industry selling their products by using measuring and weighing instruments needs to ensure that they measure or weigh properly. By law these instruments must be annually verified by BOBS for correctness. There are many weighing and measuring instruments and not all are allowed for use in Botswana. To ensure you acquire the right instrument contact BOBS for those that are permitted visit the Permitted Instruments page. BOBS will from time to time also run inspections of pre-packaged goods.

BOBS also offers weighbridge services for verifying the weight of your consignment. To get more on our weighbridge services please visit our Weighbridge Services 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 cervices 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.
Demand Quality

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

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