Describes the country's standards landscape, identifies the national standards and accreditation bodies, and lists the main national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
Last Published: 4/17/2016
The Afghan National Standards Authority (ANSA) is an independent agency established in 2005 responsible for the establishment, maintenance, dissemination, and enforcement of national standards and technical regulations.  ANSA is a correspondent member of the International Standards Organization (ISO). 
Afghanistan generally relies on international standards for its technical requirements.  In early 2011, the Supreme Council of Standards was established on the basis of the Afghan National Standards Law (September 2010).  Since then, 51 national standards, developed by nine technical committees have been adopted including standards for gasoline, diesel, kerosene, construction materials, gas, medicines and metrology.  No technical regulations have yet been developed or adopted under this law.  ANSA issues a quarterly magazine (National Standards Magazine) where it publishes a catalog of recently approved standards.
ANSA can be contacted at: +93 (0) 752-045-158; +93 (0) 700-215-246.  Additional information can be found on ANSA’s website

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