BOBS (Botswana Bureau of Standards) was formed with the primary objectives of formulating Botswana standards and coordinating quality assurance activities in Botswana with mission to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Botswana. BOBS has developed a number of standards from various sectors of the economy. There are two kinds of standards, namely the voluntary and compulsory standards. These standards differ primarily in their implementation processes with stakeholders having a choice in implementing the former but not having the same liberty with the latter. This therefore means compulsory standards are enforceable by Law.
BOBS is responsible for the enforcement of the implementation of compulsory standards and the implementation of Standards (Import Inspection) Regulations (SIIR) which is the Botswana Product Conformity Assessment Programme. Standards whose implementation is currently enforced by BOBS include cattle and chicken feeds, bottled water, dairy products canned fish, firefighting equipment, tyres, windscreens and electrical appliances.
All products, which fall within the scope of the Compulsory Standards, imported into Botswana must meet the requirements of the relevant standards. In order to minimize the risk of unsafe and substandard products entering Botswana market, inspection and testing of the regulated product in the country of origin is encouraged through the Recognized Inspection Bodies.
To allow for importation of regulated products, an application for a compliance certificate has to be made to BOBS prior to the arrival of the regulated goods in the country. This application should be accompanied by the relevant documentation from the Recognized Inspection Body demonstrating that the products meet the requirements of the relevant standard(s). P150 is charged per consignment for the issuance of the compliance certificate.
A list of the Compulsory Standards is available on the portal through the search function. Also indicated on the portal are the products that fall within the scope of the Compulsory Standards and the process to be followed to acquire the Compliance Certificate.