African Organisation for Standardisation – ARSO

ARSO was formed in 1977 with the principal mandate to harmonise African Standards, Conformity Assessment & Procedures in order to reduce Technical Barriers to Trade and therefore promote Intra African and International Trade as well as enhance the industrialization of Africa.

Our Programmes

There are several programmes run by the ARSO Central Secretariat…

ARSO Conformity Assessment Committee (ARSO CACO) , ARSO Consumer Committee (ARSO COCO) , ARSO Documentation Information System Network (ARSO DISNET), ECO Mark Africa (EMA)

Statistics, Services & Progress

Here are the statistics at a glance


ARSO is a Member Intergovernmental Organisation with 39 Members in Africa

as of February 2020…

Subscription Rate of Member Countries in Africa 72.2%

African Standards

Harmonised African Standards

as of June 2019…

1201 ARS Standards

Technical Harmonisation Committees

Number of Technical Harmonisation Committees in Existent
13 THCs

Number of THC Meetings held...

Since July 2012 ARSO has convened 30 + THC and WG Meetings
Success 30Units

African Standards Development Process

Based on the African Standards Harmonisation Model (ASHAM), ARSO harmonises the standards into African Standards. The Harmonisation process is coordinated by the ARSO Technical Management Committee Chaired by the ARSO President. There are currently 13 broad-based Technical Harmonisation Committees and 58 technical working groups.

Join Our Team of African Experts

Register of African Experts in Standardization

ARSO encourages all Standardization Experts in Standards Development, Metrology, Quality Assurance, Testing, Certification, Inspection, Sanitary, Phyto-Sanitary, Health, etc to register using the following link below