Describes standards, identifies the national standards, accreditation bodies, and lists the national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
INNOQ (National Institute for Normalization and Standards), in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, is the entity responsible for overall standards issues in the country.
Mozambique is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and is required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries.
Testing, Inspection, and Certification
INNOQ is a member of the International Standards Organization (ISO) and can issue ISO 9001 certificates. INNOQ is judicially and administratively an autonomous body that has been operating under the Ministry of Industry and Trade since 2000, and acts as the recognized central body responsible for defining and implementing quality policy and for coordinating all standardization and quality activities at national level. INNOQ will accept foreign laboratory tests if they comply with Mozambican standards.
Publication of Technical Regulations
The Boletim da República is the national gazette for the publication and dissemination of laws, provisions, and other acts of publication. Draft bills are usually made available for public comments through the business associations or relevant sectors or in public meetings. Changes to laws and regulations are published in the National Gazette. Public comments are usually limited to input from a few private sector organizations, such as CTA. There have been complaints of short comment periods and that comments are not properly reflected in the National Gazette. The government is considering a law that would make public consultation on future legislation mandatory.
Mozambique is covered by the Standards Attaché in South Africa:
Commercial Officer | Standards Attaché
U.S. Commercial Service - U.S. Consulate Johannesburg, South Africa
Office: +27 11 290 3227
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