saz logo1.jpgGovernment has urged the country’s regulatory boards, which monitor certification of goods and services, to comply with regional trends to protect consumers against substandard products.

The call was made by the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Cde, Mike Bimha during the World Accreditation Day commemorations held in Harare recently.

Deputy Minister Bimha, who addressed captains of industry attending the commemorations, said it is important for stakeholders in the certification and accreditation sector to employ effective measures that will improve quality of goods and services.

“The accreditation compliance will enhance the protection of consumers and the environment thus improving the competitiveness of SADC products,” Cde Bimha said.

Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS) Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Maureen Mutasa said conformity of SADC nations to certification, testing and inspection of goods and services will go a long way in reducing trade barriers in the region.

Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ)‘s Director General, Mrs Eve Gadzikwa said there is need for the country’s stakeholders in the regulatory, certification and inspection sectors to work together to improve the standards of goods and services in the country.

This year’s World Accreditation Day ran under the theme, “Supporting the work of regulators,” thus underscoring the role of accreditation in supporting trade and regional integration in SADC.