Standards are meant as a quality assurance tool. As a trader of products, you can ensure that the 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.
As a trader you might want to verify a product you seek to purchase and trade 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 will be trading. To get more information visit the Testing Services page
Products can be certified against a Standard. This is a way for you to have assurance on the safety and quality of the products you trade in. To get a list of products that are certified visit the Certified Products page
Regulation of Compulsory Standards
Regulation of Measuring & Weighing Instruments for Trade
Any trader selling 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 the consignment you are trading in. To get more on our weighbridge services please visit our Weighbridge Services page
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.