Describes the country’s standards landscape, identifies the national standards and accreditation bodies, and lists the main national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
The Senegalese Association of Normalization (Association Sénégalaise de Normalisation - ASN) is a public (40 percent)-private (60 percent) regulatory body under the Minister of Industry mandated to develop national standards and ensure quality standards (ASN – see: http://asn.sn). The standards are developed within technical committees whose members include representatives of technical ministries (Health, Environment, and Industry), consumer associations, and industrialists, technical and scientific institutions. The secretariat of these technical committees is held by the ASN. ASN establishes each year a standards’ development plan based on the needs from its technical, social partners and the industry. The standards are the result of a consensus between ASN and its partners. ASN is member of the African Normalization Associations (ECOWAS, AFSEC and ORAN) and the international normalization bodies including ISO, IEC, CODEX and SMIIC.
Testing, Inspection and Certification
Senegal has implemented a national system of certification since 1992. ASN has created 555 Senegalese norms and standards. The NS (Norme Senegal) is the national labeling certificate. ASN collaborates with local laboratories for product testing and certification. Conformity assessment infrastructure includes national laboratories and private bodies that carry out conformity assessments:
• The National Laboratory under the Minister of Trade
• CEREQ, which does soil and construction-related testing
• The Pasteur Institute
• Bureau Veritas
• The laboratory of the Senegalese Institute of Food Technology
• CERES-LOCUSTOX, which tests pesticide residuals
• Cotecna Pre-Shipment Inspection Services company
• The Laboratory of Metrology
Publication of Technical Regulations
ASN has published a catalog listing of 555 Senegalese standards in the following areas: electronics (67), construction and civil engineering (95), food processing (163), environment (58), administration and trade (4) and solar energy (20).
Association Sénégalaise de Normalisation (ASN)
Lot n° 21-Front de Terre BP 4037 Dakar
Tél: +221-33 827 64 01 –
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