A manufacturer wishing to get certified and start using the MBS “Quality Mark” or a certificate, the process is simple. The manufacturer or a service provider makes an application to the MBS expressing interest to enter the certification scheme. An entry payment fee is required. Then an initial assessment of the factory and the product(s), services or processes is conducted by MBS quality auditors, following the international practices for compliance to the relevant Malawi Standard(s). If approved, the manufacturer or service provider is issued with a pre-permit/pre-designation approval letter to enable them commence full production of their products and access the market or commence provision of a service. Manufacturers or service providers that complied during the initial assessment and are issued with an approval letter are subsequently inspected on routine bases within the year. If consistency in complying with relevant standards is displayed, a Permit Certificate that allows the use of the Quality Mark on the product(s) or Designation Certificates respectively is issued as a manifestation of compliance to a respective Malawi Standard.
Normally it depends on the type of the sample and what needs to be tested on the sample. In other words, it depends on the type of sample that needs to be conducted on the sample. However, on average for initial samples (those registering for the first time) 2 weeks, for routing (those already certified) samples maximum of a month, and when the sample are within the perishables, within a week the results should be out. All these are samples under local certification. Now for samples under import the results normally takes a month because usually they are big samples. For export samples it takes a maximum of 2 weeks.
This takes 1 - 2 days after submission of the registration forms. Once the forms are submitted, by the end of two days the MBS would have finished reviewing the forms and will contact the client informing him/her that auditors/inspectors are ready to go and visit their place of work to do the initial audit or sampling if necessary. Now this depends how ready is the client to be visited for the first audit sampling if possible.
The MBS normally conducts at least four surveys and inspections to check the goods that are available on the market to ensure that consumers are protected from products that are not certified.
Manufacturers or service providers that complied during the initial assessment and are issued with an approval letter are subsequently inspected on routine bases within the year. If consistency in complying with relevant standards is displayed, a Permit Certificate that allows the use of the Quality Mark on the product(s) or Designation Certificates respectively is issued as a manifestation of compliance to a respective Malawi Standard.
Manufacturers or service providers that complied during the initial assessment and are issued with an approval letter are subsequently inspected on routine bases within the year. If consistency in complying with relevant standards is displayed, a Permit Certificate that allows the use of the Quality Mark on the product(s) or Designation Certificates respectively is issued as a manifestation of compliance to a respective Malawi Standard.
Manufacturers or service providers that complied during the initial assessment and are issued with an approval letter are subsequently inspected on routine bases within the year. If consistency in complying with relevant standards is displayed, a Permit Certificate that allows the use of the Quality Mark on the product(s) or Designation Certificates respectively is issued as a manifestation of compliance to a respective Malawi Standard.