The Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with the Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (INNOQ), held a workshop on Good Standardization Practices in Maputo, Mozambique from May 5-7. The Code of Good Practice for the development, adoption, and application of standards is based on Annex 3 of the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement.
The three-day event drew participants from the government of Mozambique, the private sector, and INNOQ. In addition to examining best practices and techniques for developing standards, the workshop provided guidance in establishing, documenting, and implementing standards development procedures in compliance with Annex 3 of the WTO TBT Agreement. This ensures consistency, maintains quality as an alternative to mandatory legislated standards, and can be based on self-assessment or benchmarking. Key principles such as stakeholder engagement, consensus, transparency, impartiality, and due process in the standards development process were discussed.
INNOQ is the national standards body established for the preparation and promulgation of Mozambican standards, which serves the country in the field of standards formulation, quality control, import and export quality inspections, certification, and removal of technical barriers to trade. Trade Hub support to INNOQ is helping to improve the conditions of industry, protect consumers and the environment, and increase and facilitate domestic and international trade.