The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has published 414 national standards in the financial year that ended 31 March 2021.  The publication of standards includes new standards, adopted, amended and/or revised standards.  127 new standards were published.

In 2020, 359 national standards were published and 241 in 2019.

Information contained in South African National Standards (SANS) are fundamental to the economic and industrial optimisation of the country.  With approximately 7 400 SANS available, South African organisations have access to technical specifications of almost every product, service and management system in the South African market. 

SANS are developed and published through technical committees.  Technical committees are constituted by members of the public and includes industry stakeholders, academics, students, regulators and any interested person.  Technical committees are run by an elected chairperson and there is no financial or monetary gain for any member of the committee.

“The time to develop and publish each standard varies, as every new or amended standard requires public participation.  Technical committees take into account every comment or concern raised in the in the participation process and in some cases further amendments and consultations with the public is required, before a SANS can be concluded and published,” explains Sadhvir Bisson, Divisional Head of SABS Standards.

Bisson attributes the record number of SANS published in 2021 to better functioning technical committees and committed members, increased participation from regulators and Departments and efficiencies from virtual platforms as well as within the SABS.

SANS evolve over the years to reflect technological and regulatory changes and it is imperative that all organisations become familiar with SANS, apply and comply to SANS and take the next step to ensure that compliance is verified through an independent body. Institutions that require assistance with identifying relevant SANS can contact the SABS.  SABS can also provide customised training to create awareness and understanding of the collection of standards pertaining to an organisation. SANS are available via the SABS webstore



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  1. Mcebo Wealth Hlongwa

    No wonder why small businesses battle to strive in S.A. Local Business incubators that are recommended by the government, don’t work! I doubt that they had ever built a successful business? Hence they have no experience… Consider there is experience possessed, than why are they not running their successful businesses instead of incubating others’businesses.
    Therefore, I hardly believe the techniques they use have any proper frame of reference or standards regulated by SABS? We can’t say “proudly S.A. and fail to keep track of quality. If not, we need to do standardizations in small businesses by placing one perfect practical/active frame of reference (business) for all other emerging small businesses to copy from.

    We can have a number of STANDARD laws but zooming in, the concept in them is one: Create, Build or Innovate business/product using best quality possible. .. And “quality” does not to mean become extravagant but to build the strongest product or highest performances within the reasonable product/service requirement. e.g., no need to use stainless steel to build a bird’s cage (expensive and far belong the need). “Quality checks” is the only way out of this political led poverty situation and it is out of hand governments’ control. Pointing fingers gets us no where….

    We have standing trees to be harvested for building loghouses that we operate in Restaurant, B&B and Spazashop. We need to demonstrate its positive effects by training new builders, building process and the running of a loghouse. Plot is available on negotiations.

    Loghouse is my section that is requiring harvesting & building tools. Tools include a once off tractor for land excavation, lifting and carrying logs around.

    Suggestion: standardizing and improving current industrial operations require EFFICIENCY readings (Er) from all State industries. This approach requires Each Company/Factory need to collect Er from all equipments, tools and machineries (Er 1). The average reading of all Er1 from different companies is total average (Ert). A combined installation of Er1DEVICES to DISPLAY real time Ert, A valuable figure in set economic levers right.

    I can fully manage Ert and loghouse project and continuously report on positive evidence, suggest and recommend.


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