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What are Standards?

A standard is a document that provides for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for products and their related processes or production methods, with which compliance is not mandatory. It may also cover terminology, symbols, packaging, marking or labelling requirements as they apply to a product, process or production method.

A link exists between technical regulations and standards. Technical regulations use standards as a basis for implementing required product characteristics. When a standard is declared binding, it becomes a technical regulation.

Standards are voluntary in nature and can be developed by a variety of bodies in the public or private sector. Standards specify only the product characteristics, or technical requirements, with which products or processes have to comply in order to meet the standards.

See also
Burundi Bureau of Standards
Kenya Bureau of Standards-KEBS
Rwanda Bureau of Standards-RBS
Tanzania Bureau of Standards-TBS
Uganda National Bureau of Standard-UNBS