BOBS Standards Mark Regulations

Standards (Import Inspection) Regulations



(sections 16 and 11(1))


(15th March, 2002)








   1.   Citation


   2.   Declaraton of a standards mark


S.I. 13, 2002.


1.   Citation

   These Regulations may be cited as the BOBS Standards Mark Regulations.


2.   Declaration of a standards mark

The following mark is hereby declared to be a BOBS standards mark that may be applied to any commodity falling within the standards specifications which have been set and issued in respect of that commodity,

BOBS Standard Mark (for Product Certification) is a stylized representation of a diamond with the acronym''BOBS'' imposed (inTimes Roman capital letters) on the lower part of the diamond.


The diamond consists of a crown and base each displaying five facets which are symmetrically constructed to the outer dimension of 5X (height) by 8X (length).

The crown is a set of five centrally aligned polygons with the height of 1X apart. The line 5X long is marked at points 0.5X and 1.5X from each end. The Line 8X long is marked at points 1X and 2.5X from each end. The ends of the two lines and the two sets of points are joined by straight lines.

The base is a set of five triangles made by locating a centrally aligned point 4X vertically below the 8X line, and joining that point to the 8X line at the ends and at points 1Xand 2.5X fromech end.

The size of the letters varies according to the horizontal length of the diamond. The height of the letters is 2X. The top of the letters is 0.5X from the 8X horizontal centre line of the diamond.

The lines shall be 0,1X thick.



(section 16)


(12th September, 2008)








   1.   Citation


   2.   Interpretation


   3.   Application


   4.   Testing


   5.   Testing after release of commodity


   6.   Certification


   7.   Lost certificates


   8.   Conditional release certificate


   9.   Power to revoke certificate


   10.   Substandard products


   11.   Disposition of samples


   12.   Appeals




      Schedule I


      Schedule II



S.I. 78, 2008,
S.I. 14, 2013.


1.   Citation

   These Regulations may be cited as the Standards (Import Inspection) Regulations.


2.   Interpretation

   In these Regulations, unless the context requires"”

   "bill of lading" means a document issued by a carrier acknowledging that specified goods have been received on board a vessel as cargo for conveyance to a named place for delivery to a known or identifiable consignee;

   "Bureau" means the Botswana Bureau of Standards established under section 3 of the Act;

   "client contact officer" means an officer appointed by the Bureau to serve as the primary contact between the Bureau and an applicant or holder of a certificate;

   "compliance certificate" means a certificate issued by a recognised body, verifying compliance of a batch or product in respect of which it has been issued to a recognised prescribed standard;

   "conditional release certificate" means a certificate issued by the Bureau to an importer allowing the release of an imported commodity from the custody of customs officials after compliance with customs requirements while awaiting the issuance of a compliance certificate by the Bureau;

   "Council" means the Standards Council established under section 4 of the Act;

   "Director" means the Managing Director of the Bureau;

   "inspector" means a person who has been appointed as such by the Minister in terms of section 13 of the Act;

   "note of recognition" means a letter issued by the Bureau recognising a product certification issued by a recognised body to"”


   (a)   an importer;


   (d)   an agent; or


   (c)   a representative of a foreign company which has been certified as compliant with quality standards set in relation to commodities;

   "prescribed standard" means a national, regional or international standard specified by the Bureau in relation to a particular commodity;

   "recognised body" means a body recognised by the Bureau as competent for checking and verifying that a commodity conforms to the requirements of the prescribed standard set in relation to that commodity;

   "standard mark" has the same meaning assigned to it under section 2 of the Act; and

   "test report" means a document issued by an accredited testing facility and conforming to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025.2005.

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