The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) Established by an act of parliament, the Compulsory Standards Act number 3 of 2017 to administer, maintain and ensure compliance with compulsory standards for the purpose of public safety and health, consumer protection and environmental protection.

Functions and mandate of ZCSA

1. Administer, maintain and ensure compliance with compulsory standards

2. Give premarket approval of high risk commodities falling within the scope of 

   compulsory standards

3. Conduct market surveillance for products falling within the scope of compulsory standards in order to monitor post market compliance of commodities with compulsory standards

4. Educate the public on compulsory standards and provide public information for the protection of the consumers on products and services which do not comply with this Act

5. Cooperate with Ministries and other State institutions and international organisations in enforcing compulsory standards; and

6. Do all such things as are connected with, or incidental to, the functions of the Agency under this Act

Implementation of the Act

The Agency may, in the implementation of its functions under this Act
 Enter into agreements with conformity assessment service providers to inspect, test or analyze samples on behalf of the Agency

  • Establish specialist committees to provide input into the process of interpreting and implementing compulsory standards
  • Participate in activities of regional or international bodies with similar functions to those of the Agency
  • Establish pre and post market surveillance systems; and obtain information from suppliers of commodities falling within the scope of compulsory standards

The Agency may

Withdraw the declaration of a compulsory standard in relation to a product or service
determine the fees payable for an inspection conducted for the purposes of this Act
determine fees for the testing and analysis of samples
determine what portion of any fee is payable in respect of any part of a year and the date on which the fee or portion of the fee is payable

Our Mandate

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.


Core Values

Professionalism , Integrity , Team work

Hard work,  Innovation, Confidentiality





The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) wishes to inform the public and indeed stakeholders that the Head office located at Plot 5032, Sefalana House along Great North Road, will be closed on Tuesday, 12th January 2021.

This is to facilitate routine fumigation of the Office premises to avoid any possible spread of COVID-19.

Any convenience this may cause is deeply regretted.


Head of Communications

For/ Management