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Testing of products

assurance to the consumers

Botswana Bureau of Standards provides testing of various products and commodities from the industry and various sectors of the economy.

The process of establishing and rectifying the accuracy of a measuring or testing equipment.

The testing is performed to verify the quality of the product and conformity to specified requirements as well as for regulatory compliance purpose. The BOBS testing laboratories are well equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and modern laboratory facilities coupled with extensively trained and experienced technical personnel. Testing laboratories offer a wide spectrum of conformance testing on raw materials, semi-finished and finished products in the areas of Chemistry, Microbiology, Textiles, Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering.

Testing is offered as means to provide assurance to the consumers of the goods and regulators, this is to enable;

Verification/confirmation of conformity to standards

Verification of composition of and quality of materials

The valuing of goods for purposes of trade

Part of investigation on product complaints

Confirming absence or presence of banned substances in products

Verify claim against labelling of products

Product performance tests

Safety tests

BOBS laboratories are operated in accordance with the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17025 Standard – General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Some of the test methods offered are accredited by Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS) which is attestation that BOBS laboratories are competent to perform specific tests. Additionally testing follows internationally recognized and acceptable standards methods such as ISO, EN, IEC, ASTM, BS, SANS, and many others as applicable.
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.

BOBS Head Office
Physical Address —
Plot No, 55745, Block 8, Mail Airport Road
Postal Address —
Private Bag B048,
Gaborone, Botswana
Francistown office
Physical Address —
Plot No, 32367, Donga,
Adjacent Metsef Wholesalers
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Private Bag F465,
Francistown, Botswana
BOBS Weighbridge
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Plot No: 20683, Ramakukane
Road, Block 3 Industrial,
Gaborone, Botswana
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