USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in collaboration with the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), facilitated a discussion on two recently revised International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards: the ISO 9001 Quality Management System and the ISO14001 Environmental Management System in Mbabane, Swaziland, from November 4-5, 2015.
All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to determine if a revision is required to keep the standards current and relevant for the marketplace. This process responds to the latest trends and is compatible with other management systems.
A management systems expert conducted the two-day session, which was attended by participants from government departments, regulatory agencies, and the private sector. The expert covered changes to the two standards, the transition period, and the possible impact of the changes on Swaziland.
The two-day event culminated in a World Standards Day commemoration on Friday November 6, also supported by the Trade Hub.
Photo: Swasa Executive Director Dr. Lomkhosi Mkhonta presenting at the Revised ISO Standards Workshop in Swaziland