The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) is a statutory organization established in 1972 by an Act of Parliament (Cap 51:02) of the Laws of Malawi. The MBS was established with a mandate to promote standardization of commodities and of their manufacture, production, processing or treatment; and further to provide for matters incidental to, or connected with standardization.

The mandate was given as a means of:
  • Advancing the national economy;
  • Benefiting the health, safety and welfare of the public;
  • Assisting and protecting consumers;
  • Facilitating domestic and international trade; and
  • Furthering international cooperation in the field of standardization.
To contribute, by promoting quality and standardization towards the strengthening of the economy of Malawi and towards enhancing the quality of life of its entire people.
The MBS Act outlines the following objectives which have to be executed by the organization in order to fulfil its mandate:
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To be leaders in this part of the world in providing standards information, quality management and quality assurance, metrology services and training.

  • 1972: Establishment under an Act of Parliament (Cap 51.02)
  • 1990: Exports Quality certification Scheme (EQCS) is established
  • 1993: Imports Quality Monitoring Scheme (IQMS) is established
  • 1996: Takes over the responsibilities of the implementation of the Weights and Measures Act (Cap 48.04) from the Ministry of Industry and Trade
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