The Standards Association of Zimbabwe has a project to draft a standard on reusable facemasks.


To draft the national standards on reusable face masks.

 Scope of the project

The standard lays down the requirements for the manufacture and performance of reusable facemasks.


Justification of the project:

This standard will help in the fight of the COVID-19 pandemic as it will stop the spread of the virus to others.

It is an acceptable international best practice to link national standards developed in an open process with the technical regulatory framework.


Standard-setting process 

Timeline– the expected date of publication is November 2020.

Standard-setting procedure

Invitation to participate


If you are a stakeholder in the materials, textiles, and packaging industry or the safety, health, environment, and quality industry, it is important that you participate in the development of these standards to ensure your concerns are taken on board.

Those who wish to take part in this committee please contact Mrs.L. K. Masveure by 26 May 2020.

Standards Association of Zimbabwe
Northridge Park
Northend Close
Tel: +242-882017/8/9, 882021/2, 885511-2




The Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) would like to assure all our stakeholders that we are closely following developments on the COVID-19 and that we have put mitigation measures in place based on the recommendations announced by His Excellency President ED Mnangagwa, the Ministry of Health and Child Care, and the World Health Organisation in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19. SAZ will endeavor to keep you up to date on new developments.


Laboratory services will remain functional. All lab samples should be clearly labelled for testing. Drop in places will be indicated. Due to adjusted working patterns some delays must be anticipated, nonetheless we will endeavor to minimize the delays. Please note that we also have the capacity to provide tests for sanitizers.


All physical Technical Committee meetings have been suspended till further notice. This suspension does not stop ongoing Technical Committee activities. TC members should continue gathering organizational views and send their comments to the respective secretariat as planned through ISOlutions or emails.Urgent TC resolutions can be done electronically through respective chairs and Technical Secretaries through the same channels. SAZ will remain available for assistance via email.


We will continue providing training services to limited numbers. On-site training at client premises will be conducted on a case by case basis. Preventive measures will be put in place at all times. In order to assist organisations to manage healthy and safety issues, SAZ is encouraging organisations to train and implement the ZWS 992 HIV and Wellness Management System and ISO 45001, Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSAS) standards.


Certification audits will be conducted on a case by case basis. Certificates will be issued where certification processes have been completed in-line with the guidance received from the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) ( the SAZ requirements.


Clients are expected to use hand sanitizers provided and regularly wash their hands with soap and water. This is mandatory. All clients are to report to reception and once cleared, meetings should be held in designated boardrooms taking into account social distancing. In view of the adjusted working patterns you could experience some delays, we therefore request your patience and tolerance. SAZ is committed and to delivering quality services and to supporting His Excellency President ED Mnangagwa, Ministry of Health and Child Care and the World Heath Organisation calls to slow down the spread of COVID-19. We will be open for business and are taking all necessary measures to assure quality service provision. We will continue with our current working hours with adjusted working patterns.

0242 882017/9, 885511/2
0772402466 (Marketing)
0772432290 (Technical Services)
0772426530 (Certification)

Zimbabwe Standard FD 003 – D1048/1

This draft is now available for public comment. Your views and technical comments on it would be appreciated.  If you have no specific comments to make but find it generally acceptable it would be helpful if you would notify us accordingly.  Suggestions entailing revisions of the text should indicate the preferred wording using the attached template.  The relevant clause number should be quoted against any comment.

Click here to download the draft

All comments should be sent to the Committee Secretary Mrs. L Masveure at the address shown below.

Standards Association of Zimbabwe

P O Box 2259




Upgrading of ZWS 560: Water for domestic supplies

Water is one of the world’s most essential commodities and most precious. It is a key element of a sustainable feature and a vital ingredient for renewable energy sources, food production and improving sanitation and health. SAZ Standards represent consensus on practical solutions and best practice for sustainable water management. Conformity of domestic water is crucial and as such, it is also part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 for clean water and sanitation.  Water for domestic supplies needs to conform to ZWS 560 standard in order to ensure that the end user is ensured of quality.

In order for water to address the required standards, there is need to lay down the minimum physical, chemical and bacteriological requirements for the purity as delivered to the consumer of water for domestic supplies regardless of source. Government, the industry, regulators, municipalities and consumers can all rely on the standard as a solid base on which issues concerning water for domestic supplies in order to achieve national water management commitments. This then addresses issues of the quality of drinking water, water supply services, sanitation, water quality and use in food production amongst others. Certain standards of quality parameters are required. ZWS 560 lays down the minimum physical, chemical and bacteriological requirements for the purity as delivered to the consumer, of water for domestic supplies regardless of source. Water for domestic supplies includes water for culinary purposes and general household usage, but not necessarily water for hot water systems for which special treatment might be required to prevent scaling and/or corrosion. 

ZWS 560 is currently under revision to match SABS 241-1 of the same scope that was published 2015 in South Africa.

The Standards Association of Zimbabwe has a project on hand to revise ZWS 560: Water for Domestic Supplies.

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to use every opportunity availed to them by SAZ and take a leading role to participate in the revision of ZWS 560 Water for Domestic Supplies through a Standards Development Technical Committee.



Those who wish to take part in this Technical Committee please contact Mr. T Diza;

Standards Association of Zimbabwe

Northridge Park

1 North end Close



Tel: +2634-882017/8/9, 882021/2 or Cell +263774 872 099


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