1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Establishment of Bureau of Standards

   4   Establishment of Standards Council

   5   Power of Minister to issue general directions on matters of policy

   6   Functions of Bureau of Standards

   7   Standard specifications and compulsory standard specifications

   8   Proof of specification

   9   Standard marks may be prescribed

   10   Licences to use standard marks

   11   Regulations

   12   Offences

   13   Restriction of use of the word "Standard"

   14   Mode of trial

   15   Secrecy of information obtained for purposes of this Act

   16   Protection against claims




[Date of Commencement: 15th July 1969]

57 of 1968
10 of 1998
2 of 2002,
3 of 2012.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Standards Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "Bureau" means the Bureau of Standards established by section 3;

   "commodity" means any article, product or thing which is the subject of trade or commerce;

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

   "functions" includes powers and duties;

   "specification" means a description of a commodity, process or practice by reference to its nature, quality, strength, purity, composition, quantity, dimensions, weight, grade, durability, origin, age or other characteristics;

   "standard specification" means a specification which has been declared to be a standard specification pursuant to section 7, and "compulsory standard specification" means a standard specification which has been so declared by order by the Minister pursuant to that section.

3   Establishment of Bureau of Standards

   (1) There is hereby established for the purposes of this Act a body to be known as the Bureau of Standards.

   (2) The provisions of the First Schedule shall have effect as to the constitution of the Bureau and otherwise in relation thereto.

4   Establishment of Standards Council

   (1) There shall be a Standards Council of the Bureau which, subject to the provisions of this Act, shall be responsible for the policy and general administration of the affairs of the Bureau.

   (2) The provisions of the Second Schedule shall have effect as to the constitution of the Council and otherwise in relation thereto.

5   Power of Minister to issue general directions on matters of policy

   The Minister may, after consultation with the chairman of the Council, give to the Council such directions of a general character as to the policy to be followed by the Council in the performance of its functions as appear to the Minister to be necessary in the public interest, and the Council shall give effect thereto.

6   Functions of Bureau of Standards

   The Bureau shall promote and encourage the maintenance of standardization in relation to commodities, processes and practices and shall exercise such other functions as may be prescribed; and for these purposes the Bureau shall have power-

   (a)   to make recommendations to the Minister in respect of the formulation of specifications and the promulgation and application of standard specifications, and compulsory standard specifications;

   (b)   to promote research in relation to specifications and to provide for the examination and testing of commodities, processes and practices;

   (c)   to provide for the registration and use of standard marks;

   (d)    to provide for the examination, testing and calibration of instruments, appliances and apparatus in relation to the accuracy thereof,

   (e)   to encourage or undertake educational work connection with standardization;

   (f)   to make arrangements for the inspection of any operation which is being carried out in or upon any premises in connection with the manufacture, production, processing or treatment of any commodity, process or practice for which a standard specification or a compulsory standard specification has been declared;

   (g)   to do such other things as may be expedient or necessary for the proper performance of its functions under this Act.

7   Standard specifications and compulsory standard specifications

   (1) The Bureau shall formulate for the Minister specifications for such commodities, processes and practices as he may from time to time request.

   (2) The Bureau, on formulating a specification, may, with the consent of the Minister, declare it to be a standard specification for the commodity, process or practice to which it relates.

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