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A Standard is a technical document detailing the requirements necessary to ensure that a material, product, service, or procedure is fit for the purpose it was intended. These requirements could include design, material, performance, manufacturing and testing requirements, including packaging and labeling.

Generally national standards are in two forms and these are Voluntary and Mandatory. Voluntary standards are put in place for business best practice so that there is a level of uniformity and acceptability of the quality and safety of a product. It is also important to note that voluntary standards are not enforced by law or regulation.

However, mandatory standards are what here are referred to as Compulsory Standards. Compulsory Standards contain mandatory specifications or minimum requirements that products must meet before they are supplied. Manufacturers of goods must ensure they follow a standard relating to their product of choice before it is introduced on the market to prevent or reduce the risk of injury or harm to a person or the environment.

It is a legal requirement for any producer or importer of goods or products subjected to compulsory standards to comply with the law. Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017 clearly stipulates what manufacturers should do before making a product subjected to Compulsory Standards and the punitive action which should be taken against an importer or manufacturer who does not comply with the Act.

The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency is a statutory body under the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry established by the Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017 for the administration and maintenance of compulsory standards for the purpose of public safety and health, consumer and environmental protection.

About Compulsory Standards

A standard is a technical document detailing the requirements necessary to ensure that a material, product, service, or procedure is fit for the purpose it was intended. These requirements could include design, material, performance, manufacturing and testing requirements, including packaging and labeling.

Generally national standards are in two forms and these are voluntary and mandatory. Voluntary standards are put in place for business best practice so that there is a level of uniformity and acceptability of the quality and safety of a product. It is also important to note that voluntary standards are not enforced by law or regulation.

However, mandatory standards are what here are referred to as compulsory standards. Compulsory standards contain mandatory specifications or minimum requirements that products must meet before they are supplied on to the market. Manufacturers of goods that are subject to compulsory standards must ensure they meet the requirements of the particular standard relating to their product of choice before it is introduced on the market to prevent or reduce the risk of injury or harm to a person or the environment.

It is a legal requirement for any producer or importer of goods or products subjected to compulsory standards to comply with the law. The Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017 clearly stipulates what manufacturers and importers should do before manufacturing or importing a product that is subject to compulsory standards and the punitive action which should be taken against such a manufacturer or an importer who does not comply with the Act.

The Agency currently administers 60 compulsory standards and has proposed an additional 48 standards to be declared compulsory. This is in a bid to enhance its mandate of ensuring public health and safety, consumer and environmental protection.

It should be noted that products applied in the environment such as fertilizers and those which people consume, or use have the potential to affect their health and safety.

The 60 compulsory standards currently being administered and enforced by the ZCSA were adopted following a risk assessment which was conducted by stakeholders and clients in the public and private sectors. The assessment was conducted to ascertain the risk which products subjected to compulsory standards pose on public health and environmental safety and what needs to be done to mitigate the problem.

The ZCSA monitors compliance with compulsory standards through activities such as factory and border inspections, pre and post market surveillances. A market surveillance is an activity aimed at ensuring continued post market compliance by checking whether products already on the market meet the applicable quality and safety requirements.

Benefits of Compliance to Compulsory Standards

Compulsory standards have been put in place not to restrict growth of industry but help it thrive and to protect the public from consuming substandard products which may be hazardous.

Additionally, complying with compulsory standards protects local manufacturers business’ interest because imported products of a similar nature also have to conform to the local compulsory standards, hence protecting industry against substandard and cheaper products entering the market. This also entails that locally manufactured products can compete favourably with imported products as they are subject to the same minimum requirements.   

Further, products which comply with compulsory standards create confidence in the ability of the local manufacturers to produce quality and safe products, thereby assisting businesses to grow through access to new markets. This is because adherence to compulsory standards helps businesses to meet regulatory requirements for both local and export markets.

Moreover, once industry players adhere to compulsory standards a level playing field is created because all participants in the industry are subjected to the same regulatory requirements. This, therefore, create a competitive business environment where players strive to grow by continually improving their business processes.

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If a product is subject to a compulsory standard, it must meet specific criteria before it can be supplied to the market and these may include among others;

•Performance                            •Composition

•Contents                                 •Methods of manufacturing or processing

•Design                                    •Construction

•Finish                                     

•Packaging or labeling.

1                              ZS 005   Lead Acid Batteries

2                              ZS 017   Poultry Feed

3                              ZS 018   Pig Feed

4                              ZS 019   Cattle Feed

5                              ZS 056   Toilet Soap

6                              ZS 058   Laundry Soap

7                              ZS 063   Petroleum Jelly

8                              ZS 071   School chalks- specification

9                              ZS ISO 20345       Personal protective equipment — Safety footwear

10                           ZS 074   Shoe Polish –Specification

11                           ZS 106   Safety of Household & Similar Electrical Appliances

12                           ZS 189   Maize meal (Mealie meal)

13                           ZS 201   Emulsion Paints For Interior and Exterior Use – Specification

14                           ZS 234   Refined Edible Vegetable Oil

15                           ZS 247   Household Hand Dishwashing Liquid Detergent

16                           ZS 266   Reflex-Reflecting Vehicle Number Plates

17                           ZS 295   High Gloss Synthetic Enamel Paint - Specification

18                           ZS 321   Opaque Beer

19                           ZS 369   Automotive gasoil (diesel fuel)

20                           ZS 371   Road Tank Vehicles for Petroleum-Based Flammable Liquids - Specification

21                           ZS 380   Illuminating kerosene

22                           ZS 388   Bottled Water

23                           ZS 395   Unleaded Petrol (Gasoline) for motor vehicles

24                           ZS 430   Clear Beer

25                           ZS 431   Compound Fertilizers

26                           ZS 435   Wheat Flour

27                           ZS 436   Primary Dry Batteries

28                           ZS ISO 4074         Natural Latex Rubber Condoms - Requirements and Test Methods

29                           ZS 429   The Handling, Storage, and Distribution of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) In Domestic, Commercial, and Industrial Installations. Part 4: Transportation of LPG In Bulk by Road - Code of Practice

30                           ZS 438   Biscuits

31                           ZS 547

                Lubricating Oils - Specifications

Part1: Automotive Gear oils Lubricating oils – Specification

32                           ZS 547 – 2            Industrial Gear Oils for open Gears

33                           ZS 547

                Lubricating Oils - Specifications

Part 3: Industrial Gear Oils for Enclosed Gears

34                           ZS 554   Fruit Flavoured Drinks

35                           ZS 558   Plugs and Socket Outlets, Adaptors and Connection Units Part 1 – Specifications for Rewirable and Rewirable 13a Fused Plugs

36                           ZS 558   Plugs and Socket Outlets, Adaptors and Connection Units Part 2 – Switched and Unswitched Sockets- Outlets

37                           ZS 558   Plugs and Socket Outlets, Adaptors and Connection Units Part 3 – Specification for Adaptors

38                           ZS 559   Code of Practice for Inspection and Acceptance Criteria for Used Textiles

Products – Salaula

39                           ZS 560   Code of Practice for Inspection and Testing of Used Motor Vehicles for Road Worthiness

40                           ZS 605   Fertilizer- Urea

41                           ZS 606   Fertilizers – Ammonia Nitrate

42                           ZS 607   Fertilizers- Calcium Ammonia Nitrate

43                           ZS 608   Fertilizers- Ammonia Sulphate

44                           ZS 688 – 1

                Electric Cables with extended solid Dielectric insulation for fixed

Installations (300/500 V to 1900/3 300V) specification part 1: General

45                           ZS 688 – 2

                Electric Cables with extended solid Dielectric insulation for fixed installations (300/500 V to 1900/3 300V) specification part 2 – Wiring Cables

46                           ZS 688 – 3

                Electric Cables with extended solid Dielectric insulation for fixed Installations (300/500 V to 1900/3 300V) specification part 3 – PVC Distribution Cables

47                           ZS 688 – 4

                Electric Cables with extended solid Dielectric insulation for fixed Installations (300/500 V to 1900/3 300V) specification part 4 – XLPE Distribution Cables

48                           ZS 688 – 5

                Electric Cables with extended solid Dielectric insulation for fixed Installations (300/500 V to 1900/3 300V) specification part 5 – Halogen-free distribution Cables

49                           ZS 723   Peanut butter

50                           ZS EN 197

                Cement

Part 1: Composition, Specifications and Conformity Criteria for Common Cements

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The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency is a statutory body under the Ministry of Commerce,

Trade and Industry established by the Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017.

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PUBLIC NOTICES

MISSING RECEIPT AND INVOICE BOOKS
The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) hereby informs the public that receipt books bearing series numbers G8502801 to G8502850, G8502850 to G8522900 and Invoice books with series numbers 10851 to 10900, 10901 to 10950 and 10951 to 11000 have gone missing from our Chipata office.
Therefore, the public is advised NOT TO ACCEPT receipts and invoices bearing the said numbers from anyone. We ask that you kindly contact the ZCSA Finance Department at Plot No. 5032 Great North Road in Lusaka or call us on 0954790163 to make a report. Additionally, you can notify the nearest Police Station.
Please, be further advised that the ZCSA WILL NOT honor any receipts or invoices bearing the above numbers.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
All correspondence to be addressed to the Executive Director
Sefalana House,
Stand No. 5032 Great North Road
P O Box 31302
Lusaka
Tel: +260 211 224900
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