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​Mark Scheme Certification Process​​​

​Obtaining the SABS Mark Certification

  • Your product must fall within a SANS national specification
  • The product is then fully tested to the specification
  • Your quality system is assessed to General and Specific permit conditions
  • If the product and quality system comply with the requirements, a permit to apply the mark is issued
  • Product testing is conducted annually, and feedback of test results is provided to the manufacturer

How to get the SABS Mark

Contact us by applying online or contacting our offices  who will advise you on the right steps to take towards certification. This includes identifying the relevant SABS mark (performance mark, safety mark, approved performance, environmental friendliness, packaging or other specialised certification marks) and the relevant standard, which sets out the characteristics and performance criteria of your products.

Following this, SABS reviews your factory's quality system and competence on the product line. An ISO 9001 system has advantages, but is not a prerequisite. 

Applying for the Mark
Complete the application form​  and send it to us for a free quotation.

Our staff will be delighted to answer any queries and assist you to process your application. Once you have applied, we will direct you to the relevant expert on our Mark Scheme team to discuss your product range. 

​An auditor will visit your factory at a time convenient to you. We will advise you if there are any areas of your quality system that require improvements to meet our requirements. Once the products have passed the tests and the factory assessment is positive, you will be granted a SABS mark permit. Once this has been granted, we will ensure ongoing compliance of the products by regular post-permit tests on samples, regular audits on the quality system, and by inspecting the technical competencies of the factory.​

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The SABS Mark

The SABS Mark Scheme applies to products for which technical SANS exist. The SABS Mark is applied to both locally manufactured and imported commodities.


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