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What is a standard?​

A standard is a document that contains technical or quality specifications developed by consensus for voluntary application. ​Standards can cover various subjects, such as the standardisation of different grades or sizes of a particular product or technical specifications in products or services that allows for compatibility and interoperability of products or systems.

South African National Standards (SANS) are a product of distilled wisdom of various stakeholders with relevant expertise in their technical fields representing organisations and the public at large. Standards are developed through the governance processes of SABS Technical Committees represented by manufacturers, retailers, buyers, customers, trade associations, users and regulators. The SABS works together with a wide variety of ​​stakeholder groups to ensure that national standards are market oriented and are aligned to national priorities as articulated in the National Development Plan, Industrial Policy Action Plan and the Nine Point Plan, amongst others. 

The Division maintains a collection of more than 7500 South African National Standards covering wide ranging subjects in the fields of ElectrotechnicalNatural SciencesBuilt and Mechanical Engineering and ICT and​ Services​. Standards play an increasingly important role in accessing markets thereby supporting domestic and international trade. Standards can further be used to support government policy and legislative mandates by referencing relevant standards to achieve such objectives.  Over the years, the Division has established a natio​nal standards development system by participating in regional and international standardisation platforms and introducing a best practice prioritisation methodology to guide investments on relevant standards to be developed. ​

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Participate in the Process

Become a member of the SABS technical committees and contribute to development of national standards either as a professional, organisation or representative of government.

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Propose a Standard

Standards are found in virtually every aspect of our daily lives, from the towering sky scraper, the cars that we drive, electronics we use and the houses we live in.

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