The Swaziland Standards included in this catalogue have been developed through consensus by SWASA Stakeholders which include Industry, government departments, consumers and private institutions, with Swaziland Standards Authority as the Secretariat. The Swaziland National standards have been approved by the Council of the Swaziland Standards Authority.
How to use the catalogue
Swaziland Standards are arranged in numerical order and by subject with an alphabetical subject index.
(a) Code of the standards (b) Year of publication (c) Title (d) Scope (e) Classification number for the standard (f) Price code (g) Number of pages
How to obtain Swaziland National Standards
Swaziland National Standards may be obtained from the SWASA Information Centre.
The Information Centre is open from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Monday to Thursday and until 4.30 p.m. on Friday. The SWASA Offices are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all public Holidays.
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Each catalogue entry has pagination (Number of Pages) for the Swaziland Standard described. Pagination should be used together with the price groupings to determine the price of any given Swaziland Standards.
International and Regional standards are sold in Swaziland currency (Emalangeni) at their original price according to the current price list of the publishing institution and at the official/current rate of exchange
Handling and transfer charges are added to the cost of foreign standards. No postage is added to cash sale.
Catalogue Swaziland National Standards listed in numerical order
SZNS ISO 9001:2008 - Quality Management System- Requirements.
This standard specifies the requirements where an organization needs to provide product that meets customer and are applicable to statutory and regulatory requirements. It also helps organizations function effectively and efficiently hence enhancing customer satisfaction.
SZNS SANS 10330:2007 - Requirements for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) System
It contains the requirements for the development, implementation and maintenance of a HACCP system as a preventive system to enhance the safety of food. This standard is applicable to all organization, regardless of size which are involved in any aspect of the food chain.
SZNS ISO 14001:2004 - Environmental Management Systems- Requirements with Guidance For Use.
This standard specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about significant environment aspects.
SZNS SANS 16001:2007 - HIV and AIDS management Systems- General requirements.
Specifies general requirements for HIV and AIDS management system (HAMS). It is applicable to any organization that wishes to establish, implement, maintain and improve an HIV and AIDS management system.
SZNS ISO 17025:2005 - General Requirements For The Competence of Testing and Calibrating Laboratories.
This standard specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and /or calibration, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non- standard methods and laboratory- developed methods.
SZNS OHSAS 18001:2007 - Occupational Health and Safety Management System- Requirements.
This Occupational health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) Standard specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S ) management system, to enable an organization to control its OH&S performance. It does not state specific performance criteria, nor does it give detailed specification for design of management system. ICS 13.100.01; 13.100 Price code E160.00 Pages: 22
SZNS ISO 22000: 2005 - Food Safety Management Systems- Requirements For Any Organization in the food Chain.
This standard specifies requirements for a food safety management system where an organization in the food chain needs to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption.
1. About the World Trade Organization (WTO)
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is an international entity and it deals with the rules of trade between nations at a global level. It forms a forum for governments to negotiate trade agreements and settle trade disputes, and it operates through a system of agreed trade rules.
At the core of the WTO operations are agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations. These documents which essentially are contracts binding governments to keep their trade policies within agreed limits provide the legal ground-rules for international commerce.
The WTO agreements:
- Cover goods, services and intellectual property.
- Spell out the principles of liberalization and the permitted exceptions.
- Include individual countries’ commitments to lower customs tariffs and other trade barriers, and to open and keep open services markets.
- Set procedures for settling disputes.
- Prescribe special treatment for developing countries.
- Require governments to make their trade policies transparent by notifying the WTO about laws in force and measures adopted, and through regular reports by the secretariat on countries’ trade policies.
2. Technical Regulations and Standards
Technical regulations and standards may vary from country to country or from region to region and having too many different standards can make life difficult for producers and exporters. If standards are set arbitrarily, they could be used as an excuse for protectionism. If not properly monitored standards have a potential of being used to create obstacles to trade.
The Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (TBT) tries to ensure that regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade.
The agreement does take into consideration countries’ rights to set standards that may be seen as being essential, especially those that address issues pertaining to the protection of human and animal life and for the protection of the environment. To avoid diversity the agreement encourages the adoption and use of international standards where these are appropriate, but without them having to change their levels of protection as a result.
The agreement sets out a code of good practice for the preparation, adoption and application of standards by central government bodies. E.g. methods that would give domestically produced goods an unfair advantage are discouraged. Countries are also encouraged to recognize each others’ testing procedures. Manufacturers and exporters need to know what the latest standards are in their markets, and t help ensure that such information is made available, a WTO member governments are required to establish national enquiry points.
WTO Technical Regulation Notifications - click here to read
SWASA’s main responsibility is to localise relevant international standards as well as to ensure the development of uniquely Swazi standards. Due to the amount of intellectual property that goes into the formation of the standards, they will come at a cost. Judging from the immense benefits that emanate from the practice of standardisation, standards are affordable. Once a client has bought the standard, they will be advised of any updates that may occur on the standard. This is a once-off investment that will see your business or practice becoming more viable and sustainable.
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 utilising the Swazi National Standards that will have been developed by the Technical Department and further seeking to be certified. I.e. a company will purchase the relevant standard, implement it then seek certification for having fully complied with the dictates of the standard and achieved the required quality levels.
Further to offering testing and certification the QA department will also be responsible for the conversion of voluntary standards to mandatory standards (in line with the provisions of WTO and regional trading blocs) and also monitoring that industry is complying with these standards. This function will be carried out in conjunction and within the relevant legal parameters.
SWASA will also offer standards implementation advisory services to SMEs and the informal sector, in its quest to cultivate a quality driven culture amongst Swazi entrepreneurs. They will work closely with businesses that aim at implementing standardisation, and guide them through the necessary steps required for ultimate certification. They will somehow be SWASA’s technical voice.
art of SWASA's mandate as stated in the founding Standards and Quality Act 10, 2003, is to provide standards based training to local stakeholders. This training is expected to be aligned to local market needs and will be based on standards published by the Authority. SWASA recently published 6 management system standards and one conformity assessment standard which are available for use by the local market.
In a bid to offer a quality service to the local market as well as in involving local stakeholders, SWASA has joined hands with the Institute of Development Management (IDM) in offering standards based training. IDM is a regional institution that operates in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland and is well grounded to offer a quality service that is of relevance to the local scenario. The institution has vast experience in programmes of this nature and is ISO9001 certified.
To view SWASA's training programme click here
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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 ...