The Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency (ZCSA) was established to administer, maintain and ensure compliance to compulsory standards. This is aimed at ensuring public health, safety and protection of the environment are maintained. Through its mandate the ZCSA facilitates growth of trade and the manufacturing industry in Zambia. The Agency started operations on 1st January 2018 and has been conducting activities aimed at fully operationalizing the Agency’s mandate, following the implementation of the National Quality Policy.
The ZCSA supports industrial growth through inspections and approval of products regulated by means of compulsory standards. Inspections are conducted so that products which are sold or imported onto the local market and those which are exported adhere to standards. These inspections are done through the Agency’s Import Quality Monitoring and Domestic Quality Monitoring departments. This, therefore, protects Zambian industry against unfair technical barriers to trade and competition; and this is done in collaboration with other Government agencies.
Mandate 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 for the administration and maintenance of compulsory standards for the purpose of public health, safety and environmental protection.