BOBS was formed with the primary objectives of formulating Botswana standards and co-ordinating quality assurance activities in Botswana with mission to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Botswana.
Standards provide a veritable backbone for daily life. They encourage an improved quality of life by contributing to safety, human health and protection of the environment.
Following the adoption of the Satndards Act by parliament in 1995, Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) became a Parastatal in April 1997 as envisaged in the Act. It is governed by a 12 member Standards Council, appointed by Minister of Trade & Industry. BOBS is the official body responsible for all issues related to standardization and quality assurance at the national level. BOBS is also a full member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the national contact point for all SADC programmes and Standardization and Quality Assurance.
BOBS offers technical services in the areas of standardization, testing of goods, certification of products, industrial & trade metrology, quality management systems, environmental management systems, information and training. BOBS is also a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).