To promote quality principles and facilitate the use of standards to reduce technical barriers to trade and investment, ensure a sustainable Swazi economy and safeguard the nation’s health, safety and environment. 


    To be the recognized centre of excellence and the preferred supplier for services relating to the use of standards in Swaziland and beyond.

  • Mission
  • Vision

A Brief History

Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA) was formed by the Government of Swaziland through the Quality and Standards Act (10) 2003, and is a parastatal under the auspices of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade. This Act gives SWASA the mandate of promoting standards and quality in local industry, commerce and the public sector and also empowers the Authority to be the sole custodian of all issues regarding standards and quality in Swaziland. The move to establish SWASA was in-line with regional and international trends brought about by World Trade Organisation (WTO) initiatives aimed at eliminating tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, and creating a neutral platform that will promote trade of quality goods and services across countries and economic blocks. Besides opening up global opportunities for trade, standardisation also ensures that imported and locally manufactured goods are not harmful to human and animal lives and the environment.

Regionally, SADC being concerned with the economic development of its member states has fully embraced the concept by setting up structures that will look into the development of Standards, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology (SQAM) infrastructure in the region. SADC SQAM www.sadcstan.co.za activities are also a consequence of the SADC Protocol on Trade signed by member states in 1996, which provides for the total elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade within the region by 2008. Countries have had to prepare themselves for the emergence of the free trade area given the expected increase in cross border trade within the region. Ill prepared countries may find themselves being flooded with sub standard and harmful goods and not being able to take advantage of available markets beyond their borders.

  • The Quality Assurance Department will be the custodians of the SWASA mark for quality as it is through this department that quality testing and certification will be carried out. The department’s functionality will depend on local industry utilizing the Swazi National Standards that will have been developed by the Technical Department and further seeking to be certified ...

  • SWASA will be disseminating standards addressing technical problems in various sectors and will be encompassing many professions. People involved in these sectors and others will be invited o partake in Technical Committees. The sectors already identified are:


    -  Fresh Produce
    -  Prepackaged stuff ...

  • In order for the people to be able to implement the standards, they must understand exactly what is implied in the various paragraphs within the standard. Standards-based training may be facilitated by SWASA staff or it may be done by a subcontracting company. Based on the type of standards that are on demand it is envisaged that SWASA may offer more than 10 courses per year. Training on standards forms part of the Standards Marketing Strategy of SWASA, since, as more people understand standards, the more they will be willing to implement them ...
  • The Swaziland Standards Authority’s Information Centre is a reference point for technical information on standards and quality issues within the Technical Department, and its basic objective is to provide a means for acquiring and disseminating information on standards and related matters from and to the stakeholders. Information is availed to SWASA clients and general public through the print media, radio, the SWASA website www.swasa.co.sz and by visiting the Centre ... 

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