who we are

About US


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

01. Professionalism

02. Integrity

03. Team Work

04. Hard work

05. Innovation

06. Confidentiality

07. Accountability

Our Mandate

The mandate of the Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency is to administer, maintain and ensure compliance with compulsory standards for the purpose of public safety and health, consumer protection and environmental protection.

Functions of the Agency

  1. administer, maintain and ensure compliance with compulsory standards;
  2. give premarket approval of high risk commodities falling within the scope of compulsory standards;
  3. conduct market surveillance for products falling within the scope of compulsory standards in order to monitor post market compliance of commodities with compulsory standards;
  4. educate the public on compulsory standards and provide public information for the protection of the consumers on products and services which do not comply with the Act;
  5. cooperate with Ministries and other State institutions and international organisations in enforcing compulsory standards; and
  6. do all such things as are connected with, or incidental to, the functions of the Agency under the Act.

Implementation of the Act

The Agency may, in the implementation of its functions under this Act
Enter into agreements with conformity assessment service providers to inspect, test or analyze samples on behalf of the Agency

Establish specialist committees to provide input into the process of interpreting and implementing compulsory standards
Participate in activities of regional or international bodies with similar functions to those of the Agency
Establish pre and post market surveillance systems; and obtain information from suppliers of commodities falling within the scope of compulsory standards

The Agency may:

  • Withdraw the declaration of a compulsory standard in relation to a product or service
  • Determine the fees payable for an inspection conducted for the purposes of this Act
  • Determine fees for the testing and analysis of samples
  • Determine what portion of any fee is payable in respect of any part of a year and the date on which the fee or portion of the fee is payable


Standards Compliance


Conficicated Goods

what we believe in

Our Core Values


We shall be independent, impartial and ethical in the execution of our duties, according to the prescribed standards of the Agency


We shall uphold morality and put our obligations to the nation above our personal interests in the execution of our duties

Team Work

We shall collaborate to achieve a common goal in the most efficient and effective manner

Hard Work

We shall endeavour to ensure full accomplishment of our mandate to the satisfaction of our clients and stakeholders


In the execution of our duties, we shall apply new ideas and methods for better solutions



We shall be trustworthy by not revealing privileged information to unauthorised persons


We shall be answerable and responsible for our actions, omissions and decisions in a transparent manner

Get In Touch

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Plot No. 5032 Great North Road
P.O Box 31302, Lusaka, 10101, Zambia