The Ghana Standards Authority was known as National Standards Board in August, 1967, when it was couched out of the Institute of Industrial Research (IIR), one of the leading 13 Research Institutes of Ghana’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the main Science and Technology Research and Development institution of Ghana. Under the leadership of GSA’s first Executive Director, Mr. Emmanuel Lartey, who recommended at the time that a Standards Body ought to be made to stand on its own, the Organisation was separated from IIR and located in a pre-fabricated structure at the beach, near the current Management Development Productivity Institute (MDPI) in Accra.
After a few years, the Standards Body was re-located to the third floor of the State House in Accra. From the State House, the Organisation was again re-located to a new place off Tetteh Quarshie Interchange – Legon – Madina Road, near Gulf House, Okponglo where its Head Office is currently situated. Through hard work and a desire to bring standardisation to the door steps of all people throughout the country, the GSA now has branches in all the regions, apart from the Upper West Region for which reason the Regional Office in Tamale has been empowered to superintend over the Upper West.
During the early years of the Organisation – from IIR to the location at the beach and then to the State House and, finally, to its present location at Okponglo – the National Standards Body had a change in its name from National Standards Board in 1967 to Ghana Standards Board in 1973 and, finally, to Ghana Standards Authority in 2011. During this period of chequered history, the National Standards Body was gradually, systematically and consistently shaped into a formidable force in spite of the challenges faced by the Organisation. It is, therefore, the quality of leadership as well as dedicated support from members of staff over the years which has made Ghana Standards Authority what it is today.