Malawi Bureau of Standards


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

The MBS is governed by a Board of Directors (Malawi Standards Board) which is appointed by Government. It is the policy-making body for supervising and controlling the administration and financial management (governance issues) of the MBS.

The Director General is the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the day-to-day administration of the MBS within the broad guidelines formulated by the Malawi Standards Board.

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