#JUSTIN: SAZ Reduces Certification Fees For SMEs Manufacturing PPE

INFORMATION and broadcasting services minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa says the Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) has reduced certification fees for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). By Michael Gwarisa Addressing a Post Cabinet Media Briefing, Hon Mutsvangwa said the move would encourage local manufacturing of PPEs and also improve the quality of products being produced locally. As regards to PPE production, the SAZ has reduced the certification for SMEs and government institutions. Statutory instrument 124 of 2020 was gazetted providing for consignment based conformity assessment and…

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Mandatory SAZ Certification For Hand Sanitisers, Face Masks And All PPE Looms

THE Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) in collaboration with the government of Zimbabwe, are working on a new law that will make it compulsory for all producers of hand sanitisers, face masks, face shields and Protective Personal Clothing (PPE) to have their products certified before hitting the market. By Michael Gwarisa The move is set to improve products safety and trust among citizens amidst reports that some brands for examples Hand Sanitisers were endangering lives of users and in some cases highly flammable and damaging to the skin. In an…

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Twin Palms Gets ISO Certification and Accreditation

TWIN Palms and its subsidiary the Gamma Allergy and Immunology Laboratory (GAMMA) received a Certificate of Accreditation from the Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS), while SAZ presented its Clinical wing the Asthma, Allergy and Immune Dysfunction Clinic with the ISO 9001:2015 accreditation certificate. By Michael Gwarisa The laboratory is certified to the ISO 15189 standard which is a prestigious honour only awarded to organisations which would exhibited exceptional adherence to standards in their various fields of expertise. In a speech read on behalf of the deputy minister of…

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Diagnostic Laboratory Suppliers Gets ISO 9001:2015 Certification

DIAGNOSTIC Laboratory Suppliers (DLS) has been conferred  with the ISO 9001:2015 certification, a quality management standard meant to rejuvenate internal stakeholder buy-in as well spur the organisation towards meeting its customer obligations. By Michael Gwarisa The standard comes a few years after Diagnostic Laboratories embarked on a journey to transition from the old standard, the ISO 9001:2008 to the 9001:2015 which is mainly aimed  at testing the organisation’s capacity to manage and asses risks as well as align management policies with objectives of the organisations. Speaking at the certification event…

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SAZ Launches Reusable Sanitary Pads Standard

THE Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) has introduced a new standard, ZWS 1023 which will facilitate the production of quality and safe reusable pads in the country, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, SAZ Standards Development Manager, Ms Romana  Marunda said this standard covers the manufacturing and performance requirements for sanitary pads. “The national standards ZWS 1023: Reusable sanitary pads was developed by a technical committee composed of several stakeholders. It outlines:  general requirements for factories and employees manufacturing sanitary pads, requirements for sanitary pads…

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SAZ Finalising HIV Standard For Zim

THE Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) says the new HIV and Wellness Standard will be finalised before end of third quarter in a move that will pave way for organisation improve health conditions for their employees. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes,  SAZ Director General, Dr Eve Gadzikwa said the new standard is currently under review by the Technical Committee (TC) awaiting finalisation before year end. “The Technical Committee (TC)  reconstituted and now  are working the standard now. We hope to have final the draft in in Q3,” said Dr Gadzikwa.…

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SAZ Celebrates World Standards Day

By Michael Gwarisa THE Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) will join the rest of the world in commemorating the World Standards Day on October, 17, 2017 which will also coincide with the SAZ 60th Anniversary celebrations to be held in Harare. The celebrations will be running under the theme, “Standards make Cities Smarter” and will draw participants and attendance from various stakeholders. Speaking to HealthTimes, SAZ Director General who is also President of the African Organisation for Standardisation, Dr Eve Gadzikwa said the celebrations have come at a time when…

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SAZ To Launch HIV and Wellness Standard

By Michael Gwarisa THE Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) says it will soon be launching an HIV and Wellness Standard in a move to boost the quality of HIV and wellness policies within organizations. In an Interview with HealthTimes,  SAZ Director General, Dr Eve Gadzikwa said they had already launched nine standards on traditional medicines and called on companies to ensure they adopt the forthcoming HIV and Wellness standard so as to improve working conditions for their workforce. ““Firstly I wish to advise you that this standard is still undergoing development…

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