About Standards

Definition: A Standard is a document established by a consensus of subject matter experts and approved by a recognized body, such as the NSI, that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.

Standards are voluntary agreements, developed within an open process that gives all stakeholders, including consumers, the opportunity to express their views and have those views considered.

Incorporation of Namibian standards in law

Any developed Namibian standard can be incorporated in the regulation which make it enforceable or  mandatory

Benefits of Standards

  • Standards ensure that consumers are protected from hazards to their health and safety
  • Standards ensure that consumers have easier access to and greater choice in goods and services
  • Standards promote and protect economic interests of consumers
  • Standards ensure improved quality and reliability
  • Standards inspire  trust in your business
  • Standards provide access to new markets
  • Standards assist business to meet regulatory requirement
  • Standards create a competitive advantage by improving the quality of goods and services
  • Standards assist to bridge the gap between research and marketable products or services