USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, working with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), has successfully developed and published the “Guide for the Referencing of Standards in Technical Regulations in Zambia.”
The booklet will help regulators and the public understand the benefits of using standards to support public policy initiatives. Countries require technical regulations to protect citizens from health, safety, and environmental risks, which can be referenced in the country’s legislation or supported through public policy decisions. The booklet will also help create awareness and stimulate dialogue between ZABS, regulators, and other stakeholders, resulting in improved participation and information exchange.
Standards by their nature are voluntary, only enforceable once referenced in technical regulations. For small and emerging economies, referencing of standards helps enforceability. Therefore, governments need to be encouraged to use standards to achieve their aims. Standards can support regulation particularly in areas such as food, sanitary/phytosanitary measures, and importation of goods. The support from the Trade Hub will aid Zambia’s efforts to align its National Quality Policy (NQP) with international standards.
Photo: ZABS will distribute the booklet to regulators, private sector, academia, and business associations