Technical Standards are mandatory technical regulations that define a benchmark with which products must comply in order to gain access to a market while meeting the authorities and consumers' demand for safe and quality products.
The MBS formulates national standards (Malawi Standards) in all fields of interest. The standards act as a base or guideline for measuring the quality, performance or fitness for intended use of a product or service.
The formulation of standards is done through Technical Committees (TCs) which are made up of representatives from the industry, government ministries and departments, professional organizations and bodies, among others.
The Standards Development Department provides the secretariat for these committees. These TCs are grouped under three Divisions as follows: