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  • MISSION

    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. 



  • VISION

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

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Standards and Industry Leaders

The Swaziland business community, companies and individuals have for years relied on foreign-based standardisation bodies for conformity assessment and accreditation services. This has proven costly as they have to engage services of foreign consultants as a result of lack of domestic expertise and Swaziland’s own standards body. Most Swaziland companies use South African National Standards (SANS) which they get from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). They however do use other international standards sourced from ISO, British Retail Consortium (BRC) or the British Standards Institute (BSI, especially because the markets they do business in require such standards.

The most commonly used international standard in Swaziland is ISO9001 which is a management system standard. There however are companies that are also implementing ISO 22000 and SANS 10330 (HACCP), and the use of these has proven to be a challenge to most large companies as they have to engage the services of foreign experts to help implement and prepare them for certification. Though these are international standards local companies still face challenges posed by some structural limitations, given that during development conditions of the Swaziland environment are not taken into consideration.

SWASA has been working hard at building her capacity to effectively service the local market. With regards the offering of certification services the Authority recently established its Quality Assurance Department which will be responsible for this function. In a bid to further this cause SWASA has forged working relations with neighbouring NSBs that have built their capacity in certification and have the required facilities, thus it is able to help companies source the help they may need. The authority fully acknowledges and appreciates that the standards and quality assurance community in Swaziland has an important role to play in ensuring that it meets its mandate, thus quality practitioners and/or companies are welcome to inform SWASA of any standards that need to be developed, adapted and or adopted.

  • 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:


    Food

    -  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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