SAZ being the national standards body (NSB) of Zimbabwe prepares and publishes national standards. Standards are prepared by technical committees (TC) which consist of representatives from manufacturers, trade associations, government departments, educational, research, professional and testing institutions. For the private consumer, the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe provides representatives on many TCs. In order to ensure that the standards produced are not technical barriers to trade, interested parties including SMEs are encouraged to
participate in the voluntary national standards development work. This is the only way SMEs can ensure that their viewpoints and experiences are taken into account during the preparation of standards.
As the national standards body of Zimbabwe, the SAZ core activity is to facilitate and co-ordinate the development of national standards and to publish national standards. The SAZ has to date published 1440 Zimbabwean standards. As a signatory to the WTO code of good practice for the preparation, adoption and application of standards, the SAZ abides by its principles of openness, balance of interests and participants, due process and consensus and adopts international/regional standards in order to facilitate international trade.
NATIONAL STANDARDIZATION WORK WITH THE SAZ
Definition of a standard
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) defines a standard as a Document established by consensus and approved by a recognized body that provides for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree or order in a given context.
TYPES OF STANDARDS
Codes of practice