The National Standards Division (NSD) is one of four technical divisions of RSB. It is mandated to develop, maintain and disseminate information on Rwanda national standards. It is composed of three (3) units namely: • Engineering and Urban Panning (EUP) Unit; • Food, Agriculture, Chemistry, Environment and Services (FACES) Unit and; • Standards Publication, Training and Technical Assistance (SPTTA) Unit

Our Work

Standards development

We develop national standards that meet our stakeholders needs and ensure customers’ health and safety.

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Training services

Our training services are delivered under a certified quality management system based on RS ISO 9001:2015.

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Zamukana Ubuziranenge

Through the Zamukana Ubuziranenge Programme, we provide technical assistance to MSMEs, SMEs and large-scale industries towards compliance with national and international standards.

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Scope: This International Standard specifies requirements for a quality management system when an


a) needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and

b) aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

All the requirements of this International Standard are generic and are intended to be applicable to any organization, regardless of its type or size, or the products and services it provides.

NOTE 1 In this International Standard, the terms “product” or “service” only apply to products and services intended for, or required by, a customer.

NOTE 2 Statutory and regulatory requirements can be expressed as legal requirements

Scope: This document provides guidance on auditing management systems, including the principles of auditing, managing an audit programme and conducting management system audits, as well as guidance on the evaluation of competence of individuals involved in the audit process. These activities include the individual(s) managing the audit programme, auditors and audit teams. It is applicable to all organizations that need to plan and conduct internal or external audits of management systems or manage an audit programme.

The application of this document to other types of audits is possible, provided that special consideration is given to the specific competence needed.

Scope: This document specifies requirements for a food safety management system (FSMS) to enable an organization that is directly or indirectly involved in the food chain:

a) to plan, implement, operate, maintain and update a FSMS providing products and services that are safe, in accordance with their intended use;

b) to demonstrate compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory food safety requirements;

c) to evaluate and assess mutually agreed customer food safety requirements and to demonstrate conformity with them;

d) to effectively communicate food safety issues to interested parties within the food chain;

e) to ensure that the organization conforms to its stated food safety policy;

f) to demonstrate conformity to relevant interested parties;

g) to seek certification or registration of its FSMS by an external organization, or make a self-assessment or self-declaration of conformity to this document.

All requirements of this document are generic and are intended to be applicable to all organizations in the food chain, regardless of size and complexity. Organizations that are directly or indirectly involved include, but are not limited to, feed producers, animal food producers, harvesters of wild plants and animals, farmers, producers of ingredients, food manufacturers, retailers, and organizations providing food services, catering services, cleaning and sanitation services, transportation, storage and distribution services, suppliers of equipment, cleaning and disinfectants, packaging materials and other food contact materials.

This document allows any organization, including small and/or less developed organizations (e.g. a small farm, a small packer-distributor, a small retail or food service outlet) to implement externally- developed elements in their FSMS.

Internal and/or external resources can be used to meet the requirements of this document.

Scope: This Rwanda standard specifies the requirements for a food safety system based on HACCP as a systematic preventative system of controlling food safety hazards so as to ensure the safety of food at the time of human consumption. The requirements enable an organization:

a) to plan, implement, maintain and update a HACCP based food safety system aimed at providing products that, according to their intended use, are safe for the consumer,

b) to effectively communicate food safety issues to their suppliers, customers and relevant interested parties in the food chain,

c) to ensure that it conforms to its stated food safety policy,

d) to demonstrate such conformity to relevant interested parties, and

e) to seek certification or registration of its HACCP based food safety system by an external organization, or make a self-assessment of conformity based on auditing technique and not on inspection or testing

The standard applies to all food handling organizations, regardless of size, which produce, manufacture, handle or supply food involved in one or more steps of the food chain. This includes organizations directly involved but not limited to feed producers, farmers, harvesters, producers of ingredients, food manufacturers, retailers, food services, catering services, organizations providing cleaning, transportation, storage and distribution services and other organizations indirectly involved including, but not limited to, suppliers of equipment, cleaning agents and packaging material, and other food contact materials.

Scope: This International Standard specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance.

This International Standard is intended for use by an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.

This International Standard helps an organization achieve the intended outcomes of its environmental management system, which provide value for the environment, the organization itself and interested parties. Consistent with the organization’s environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include:

enhancement of environmental performance;

fulfilment of compliance obligations;

achievement of environmental objectives.

This International Standard is applicable to any organization, regardless of size, type and nature,

and applies to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services that the organization determines it can either control or influence considering a life cycle perspective. This International Standard does not state specific environmental performance criteria.

This International Standard can be used in whole or in part to systematically improve environmental management. Claims of conformity to this International Standard, however, are not acceptable unless all its requirements are incorporated into an organization’s environmental management system and fulfilled without exclusion.

International Recognition

Our work is performed under a certified quality management system based on RS ISO 9001:2015

Internationally recognized by DQS

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Our International Partners

In our standardization work, we partner with the following organizations

“RSB services are delivered in consideration of gender equality to ensure inclusive sustainable socio-economic development”