Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has reiterated its commitment to ensuring enhanced quality of local products in line with local certification requirements and international standards.
MBS Director General, Symon Mandala said this in Mangochi District on Wednesday during a media workshop on emerging trends in product certification and standards.
Mandala said the organisation exists to facilitate legal trade in the country, hence, it will remain committed to fulfilling its mandate.
Among other things, Mandala said the bureau intends to set up satellite laboratories in the Central and Northern regions to help in handling samples.
“This will ensure that traders are not falling short of the bureau’s services, which in the end can help to achieve consumer satisfaction and protection,” he said.
Mandala encouraged the media to help in clearing stereotypes regarding the mandate of the MBS among the general public.
Meanwhile, Mandala said the K12 billion state-of-the-art laboratory complex which the organisation is constructing in Blantyre will be finished by the end of this year.
“This laboratory will help to increase the number of samples which we handle every year,” he said.
Annually, MBS handles about 17,000 samples for both individual and corporate customers across the country and beyond.
MBS Director of Standards, Fred Sikwese urged Malawians to always patronise products which are certified by the bureau.
Speaking on behalf of journalists, Aminah Harrid, a journalist from Radio Islam described the workshop as an eye-opener which she said will help the media personnel to disseminate accurate information about standards to the general public.