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The Botswana Bureau of Standards has appointed SGS Société Générale de Surveillance S.A as recognized organization to operate under the Standards Imports Inspection Regulations (SIIR) program.

On September 7, 2011, SGS was recognized by the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS), as one of the inspection agencies to operate under the Standard Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR), per Regulation 4 (2) of the SIIR.

The effective date of implementation of the SIIR recognition system is the October 1, 2011.

Importers are to make an application through BOBS for goods to be imported into Botswana and ensuring their suppliers do contact SGS offices abroad to organize for the testing and inspection of the goods.

Goods are to be tested to demonstrate compliance with local and/or international standards as well as with packaging and labelling regulations.

The Regulation is applicable to the following groups of products:

ProductReference Standard
Cattle Feeds BOS 25: 2000 Animal Feeding Stuff – Cattle Feeds – Specification
Chicken Feeds BOS 8-1: 1999 Poultry Feeds – Part 1 – Chicken Feeds – Specification
Raw Cow’s Milk BOS 64: 2003 Raw Cow’s Milk (Intended for further processing) – Specification
Pasteurized Cow’s Milk BOS 72: 2003 Pasteurised Cow’s Milk – Specification
Yoghurt from Cow’s Milk BOS 92: 2004 Fermented Cow’s Milk Products – Yoghurt, Sour Milk (Madila) and Buttermilk - Specification
Sour Cow’s Milk BOS 92: 2004 Fermented Cow’s Milk Products – Yoghurt, Sour Milk (Madila) and Buttermilk - Specification
Buttermilk from Cow’s Milk BOS 92: 2004 Fermented Cow’s Milk Products – Yoghurt, Sour Milk (Madila) and Buttermilk - Specification
Sorghum BOS 26: 2000 Cereals – Sorghum Grains for human consumption - Specification
Pulses (Beans) BOS 201: 2006 Cereal and Pulses – Certain Pulses – Specification
Peanut Butter CKS 339: 1997 – Specification for Peanut Butter
Canned Fish, Canned Marine Molluscs and Canned Crustaceans SANS 587: 52005 Canned Fish, Canned Marine Molluscs and Canned Crustaceans and Products derived there from
13A Fused Plugs BOS 41-1: 2001 13A Plugs, Socket-Outlets, Adaptors and Connection Units-Part 1: Rewirable and Non-Rewirable 13A Fused Plugs - Specification
13A Switched and Un-Switched Socket Outlets BOS 41-2: 2001 13A Plugs, Socket-Outlets, Adaptors and Connection Units-Part 2: Switched and Unswitched Socket Outlets - Specification
13A Adaptors BOS 41-3: 2001 13A Plugs, Socket-Outlets, Adaptors and Connection Units-Part 3: Adaptors - Specification
Electric Iron BOS IEC 60335-2-3 ED5.0: 2..2 household and Similar Electrical Appliances-Safety-Part 2-3: Particular Requirements for Electric Irons
LPG Regulator SANS 1237: 2007 Single-Stage Regulators for liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
Plastic Bags BOS 186: 2006 Plastic Carrier Bags and Flat Bags – Specification
Cement BOS ENV 197: 1992 Cement: Composition, Specification and Conformity Criteria – Part 1: Common Cements
Pre-Packages BOS 9: 2000 Prepackaged Goods for the Ultimate Consumer: Labelling, Presentation and Advertising – General Requirements

A Certificate of Compliance is to be issued upon testing and inspection conducted with satisfactory results.

Vivian Lokale
Address: 58 Melville Street, Booysens ,
Johannesburg, 2091
P.O Box 82582, Southdale ,
2135, South Africa

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