The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) conducts a range of tests against the South African National Standards (SANS) and customer-specific requirements and/or testing against compulsory specifications that may be issued for certain product categories.

The SABS offers certification schemes for both products and/or systems that comply with SANS or a relevant Mark scheme/system such as the Scheme for Food Safety Management Systems (FSSC). Additionally, many products undergo more frequent testing and conformity assessments to earn the status which allows them to use the “SABS Approved” mark on their product.

SABS testing and certification

The SABS’s testing and certification services are offered independently, thus the SABS attains and maintains an accreditation status to offer the testing and certification services. In cases where the SABS uses third-party laboratories, the laboratories need to meet stringent requirements and are subject to assessments and inspection by the SABS.

The SABS is aware that there are numerous manufacturers in possession of SABS test reports which they use as evidence that their products are “SABS Approved”, but it is important for consumers to understand that “SABS Approved” can only be claimed by a manufacturer if the products were actually certified by the SABS. 

Beyond testing

Testing is just one of the requirements in the complete SABS certification process. The testing of products and systems is essential to determine whether performance meets specified requirements of the standard, and this is done in controlled and simulated environments. SABS is the partner of choice and any clients that are looking to test their product or have their products or systems certified, should consult the SABS.

For more information, contact Roshelle Pillay; Media Relations SABS
Tel: +27 61 030 0133

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