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To administer, maintain and ensure compliance with compulsory standards for the purpose of public safety and health, consumer protection, and environmental protection.

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How ZCSA Can Help You

ZCSA administers, maintains and ensures compliance with compulsory standards for the purpose of public safety, health, consumer and environmental protection.

  • Inspections:
    • Import Quality Monitoring
    • Domestic Quality Monitoring
    • Quality Assurance

Latest News and Alerts

It is illegal to sell used undergarments

The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency has received a number of reports purporting that the sale of used underwear and nightwear is becoming popular in most trading places in Zambia despite prohibition. The Agency has reiterated that the sale of used textile products...

Product compliance levels are commendable

Standards, quality assurance and compliance provide organisations with a basis for mutual understanding. The aforementioned aspects are tools used to facilitate communication, measurement, commerce and manufacturing. Standards are everywhere and play an important role...

Smart Zambia to digitalise ZCSA services

The Smart Zambia Institute will soon integrate Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) services and the Electronic Payment System on the Government Service Bus (GSB) and Payment Gateway System to enhance operational efficiency and meet the expectations of its...

Consumer protection remains a priority

In line with its mandate to inform the industry and consumers about its regulatory activities, the Zambia Compulsory Standards ensures this is done by educating businesses on requirements of various compulsory standards and the process of getting regulated products...

2021 Fuel Tanker Inspections

The ZCSA wishes to remind all locally registered Petroleum Product Transporters that the Annual Fuel Tanker Inspections run from 4th October 2021 and end on 10th December 2021. In view of the aforementioned, transporters are hereby required to ensure availability of...

ZCSA to support SMEs

Small and Media Enterprises (SMEs) account for the majority of businesses worldwide and are important contributors to job creation and global economic development. SMEs  represent about 90% of businesses and more than 50% of employment worldwide. Formal SMEs...


A Standard is a technical document detailing the requirements necessary to ensure that a material, product, service, or procedure is fit for the purpose it was intended. These requirements could include design, material, performance, manufacturing and testing requirements, including packaging and labeling.

about standards

General information about standards

about compulsory standards

Genral information about compulsory standards

List of compulsory standards

Full list of Zambian Compulsory Standards

Core Values

The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency is a statutory body under the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry established by the Compulsory Standards Act No. 3 of 2017.

Our Core values are: Integrity, Teamwork, Hard work, Innovation, Confidentiality, Accountability.