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The Department is responsible for the development and maintenance of basic Standards, Standards for products of electrical and mechanical engineering and Standards for building and construction materials through Technical Committees (TC).

The Department develops and maintains National Standards, as well as, contributes to international efforts in the development and harmonization of Regional and International Standards with organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) and the ECOWAS Commission under the ECOWAS Standards Harmonization Mechanism (ECOSHAM).

The Department also represents the Authority on several national policy making committees in providing technical advice on issues related to standardization.

 The functions of the department include the development/adoption of National Standards in the following areas:
  • Electrotechnical Products
  • Building and General Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgy
  • Metrology and Measurement
  • Renewable Energy Resources
  • Automobiles
  • Telecommunication and ICT Equipment
  • Oil and Gas