STANDARDS COUNCILS (SCOs)
1. STANDARDS COUNCILS
In order to facilitate the development of standards in line with the SAZ Mission, the Association has established Standards Councils to oversee this process, covering all sectors of the Zimbabwe economy as shown in paragraph 4 below. Standards Councils are therefore mandated in ensuring that the relevant sectors are well supported by standards to ensure quality, health, safety, economic development, and growth. The development of standards is carried out by Technical Committees (TCs) according to the WTO Code of Good Practice for the Preparation, Adoption, and Application of Standards.
The Standards Association is committed to implementing the ISO methodology in establishing the Zimbabwe National Standardization Strategy (ZNSS) in order to develop and publish standards that provide solutions to economic, social and environmental priorities of Zimbabwe.
The SAZ as an affiliate member of the IEC and a statutory member of the AFSEC has established the Zimbabwe National Electrotechnical Committee (ZNEC) represented by the Electrotechnical Standards Council. Additional information and requirements applicable to the NEC are outlined below.
This will be drawn from the following:
· General Council (recommend members upon nomination to the General Council become members to a Standard Council of their area of expertise. This will facilitate their direct involvement in the standardization activities.)
· Professional associations
· Private Sector
· Research organizations
· Consumer organizations
Members shall be familiar with the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Annex to the SADC Protocol on Trade and are encouraged to actively participate where possible in any of the applicable SADC structures.
3. ROLE OF STANDARDS COUNCILS
3.1. Initiate proposals for new standards once a year in line with the Zimbabwe National Standardization Strategy (ZNSS)
3.2. Approval/rejection of standards proposals
3.3. Supervision of Technical Committees (TCs)
3.4. Participation in TC work
3.5. Appointing TCs
3.6. Prioritization of projects it has authorized
3.7. Approving standards for publication
3.8. The Standards Council shall also have specific TORs in its role as the respective Sector Committee as follows:
3.8.1 Provide a link between international and national activities in the specific field concerning standardization.
3.8.2 Participate in relevant International standardization activities through the appropriate technical committees
3.8.3 Support sector work
3.8.4 Promote the implementation of the appropriate sector standards as national standards
4. STANDARDS COUNCILS
SECTOR / FIELD COVERED
Automotive and Transportation (AT)
Automotive and transportation
Building and Civil Engineering (BC)
Building and civil engineering (the construction sector)
Zimbabwe National Electrotechnical Committee (ZNEC) / Electrotechnical Standards Council
Electrical and electronic engineering fields
Food and Agriculture
Food and agriculture fields
Information Technology (ICT)
Materials, Textiles, and Packaging (MTP)
Packaging, materials, and textiles
Safety, Health, Environment, and Quality (SHEQ)
Safety, health, environment and quality fields
Provision of services, e.g. banking, education etc
Work is in progress to form the National Standards Users Society (NSUS) in order to enhance the voice of standards users. This will entail evolving the Standards Councils into the NSUS. Only the Electrotechnical SCO will remain operating directly within the Technical Committee (TC) structures of Standards Development as required by the IEC and AFSEC – see below. Further updates regarding the NSUS will be made in due course.
ZIMBABWE NATIONAL ELECTROTECHNICAL COMMITTEE (ZNEC) / ELECTOTECHNICAL STANDARDS COUNCIL
The SAZ as an affiliate member of the IEC and a statutory member of the AFSEC has established the Zimbabwe Electrotechnical Committee (ZNEC) represented by the Electrotechnical Standards Council. IEC Statutes require the Zimbabwe Electrotechnical Committee to be fully representative of national interests in the IEC’s field of activity, which is to promote international co-operation in all areas of standardization and related matters (including conformity assessment) in the fields of electricity, electronics, and related technologies.
The Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ), through its Standards and Information Division, assumes overall responsibility for the development of Zimbabwean National Standards and related publications in all fields, including those covered by the IEC. It is therefore desirable that the work of the two organizations at international and national levels be integrated as far as possible, particularly in the area of standards development. In addition, SAZ is a provider of conformity assessment services in the electrotechnical field, some of which is provided in terms of IEC Conformity Assessment Systems. Such systems are also open to participation by other service providers, and the structures of ZNEC must provide for representation from all national service providers participating in IEC Conformity Assessment Systems.
2.0 Linkages between Local Standardisation Activities and IEC/AFSEC
The Standards development linkages between local standardization activities and IEC/ AFSEC are as follows:
2.1 Zimbabwean National Standards and related technical publications are developed in Technical Committees (TCs) of SAZ. Such TCs exercise this responsibility within their own specified fields of technical activity. To link such activities with the work of the IEC, each TC may register one or more liaisons with relevant IEC TCs through the ZNEC. For each such liaison, the local TC must appoint a mirror committee (which could also be the whole committee) headed by a Chairperson (known as the Mirror Committee Chairperson) responsible for dealing with IEC matters in a manner mandated formally by the parent TC.
2.2 A Mirror Committee could represent the interests of one or more IEC TC.
2.3 Where ISO/IEC joint technical committees (JTC) are established, the reporting by Mirror Committees for the ISO/IEC JTC structure shall be via an appropriately structured SAZ TC to ISO Office rather than through the ZNEC secretariat, unless otherwise agreed between ZNEC and the SAZ.
2.4 SAZ, through its committee processes, elects whether to adopt IEC international standards as Zimbabwean National Standards or not.
3.0 Responsibilities of the ZNEC
3.1 To provide appropriate input to the IEC and AFSEC at the highest management level, (i.e. the IEC Council and AFSEC Councils), and to comment on all Council documents.
3.2 To participate, where appropriate (and where elected) in the management structures of the IEC and AFSEC (i.e. IEC Council Board, Standards Management Board and Conformity Assessment Board and AFSEC management committee and conformity assessment committee).
3.3 To consider proposals for new areas of technical activity of the IEC and AFSEC, and to inform SAZ of such activities.
3.4 To monitor, at a strategic level, Zimbabwe’s participation in the standardization and conformity assessment work of the IEC and AFSEC to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.
3.5 To host technical meetings of the IEC and AFSEC, where relevant to Zimbabwe, subject to the sourcing of funds.
3.6 To provide feedback to SAZ and other Zimbabwean stakeholders on developments at a strategic level in IEC’s and AFSEC’s area of interest.
3.7 In order to ensure that participation in NEC activities reflects the demographics of the country, the NEC shall monitor the participation of persons from previously disadvantaged groups in the work of its mirror committees and in the attendance of IEC and AFSEC meetings, and make recommendations where appropriate. On Mirror Committees where such representation is not seen to be happening, the NEC shall, where necessary, look for potential committee members to be mentored.