Mali - Country Commercial Guide
Standards for Trade
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The Malian Agency for Standardization and Quality Promotion (AMANORM) is the government agency responsible for standards for trade.  AMANORM created the standard Malinorm (MN) in 2015.  It is party to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the ECOWAS Standards Harmonization Model, the ECOWAS quality policy, the WAEMU quality policy, the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries, Codex alimentarius, and the International Plant Protection Convention.  AMANORM sets Malian standards on the basis of international practices.  The National Food Safety Agency (ANSSA) provides marketing approval for food products.  However, these agencies are not sufficiently staffed and need capacity building.  The Ministry of Mines oversees certification of precious metals.


AMANORM developed 477 standards, of which only a handful are mandatory, including the newest standard on food oil to be enriched with vitamin A.  The transition government has annual standards work plan.  It created 12 committees in charge of determining standards.  Each committee is composed of the government’s representatives, consumer associations representatives, experts, and NGOs.  AMANORM launched the National Mark of Conformity to Standards to promote the observance of standards, to allow companies to foster good quality, and to reduce technical barriers to trade.  As a party to different international standards organizations, Mali recognizes foreign standards on the basis of reciprocity.

Testing, Inspection and Certification

ANSSA, the National Directorate for Commerce and Competition (DNCC), the Directorate for Hygiene and Pollution Control, and the Bureau of Inspection Valuation Assessment Control (BIVAC) are in charge of testing.

The DNCC, the General Directorate of Customs, the National Directorate for Hygiene and Pollution Control, and the BIVAC are involved in inspections.

The DNCC, AMANORM, and the certification bureau for diamonds oversee certification.

Publication of Technical Regulations

Technical regulations are made public by AMANORM.

Contact Information

Agence Malienne de Normalisation et de Promotion de la Qualité (AMANORM)

Hamdallaye ACI 2000,

Rue: 219, Porte: 87. BP.E 2999


Tel: +223 2021 0645 or +223 7635 9802


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