The Bureau’s Standards Development Department is responsible for monitoring and managing the development and adoption of standards.
There are three types of standards:
- National Standards
- Regional Standards
- International Standards
The Bureau’s work on standards development also engages various committees also called Technical Committees (TC). The technical committees comprise of experts in the field that is relevant to the standard in subject.
Below is the list of technical committees working with the Bureau in the development of national, regional and international standards.
- CODEX, Food and Agriculture
- Consumer Products
- Environment Management
- National Electrotechnical Committee
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Tourism and Hospitality Services
- Beauty and Wellness
For details on requesting the development of a new standard please see the Proposal for New Standards page.
Consumers also reap many benefits from standards. Health and safety are key areas of concern for consumers. Adherence to standards, by producers; manufacturers and service providers, give consumers the assurance that quality as well as health and safety requirements are met. The widespread use of standards is necessary in the development of a national quality culture.
The adaption of a standard is the process of modifying an existing standard to suit the needs of the country developing/implementing the standard. The adoption of a standard is the process of using an existing international or regional standard without making any changes. This is not to be confused with adaption.
The standards development process begins with a formal request outlining the need for a particular standard. This can be initiated by government, industry, consumer groups or individuals. The challenge for a developing country is to decide whether it is more beneficial to adopt and disseminate international or a regional standards or develop purely national standards.
A standards development process-time frame table highlighting the Bureau's standards development process are available for reference.
providing feedback on safety, quality and use of products and services to standards developers and/or technical committees, for example the suitability of products and services for their intended use;
Testing products for conformity to specifications and consumer expectations.
The consumer brings a unique perspective to the creation of voluntary standards that are used in the production of many of goods and services. Consumers have two opportunities to impact the standards development process by providing comments when standards are being developed and when existing standards are being reviewed.
When a standard is available for comment the Bureau will inform the public through press releases in the media and the Official Gazette.