Burkina Faso
1.2 Burkina Faso Regulatory Departments and Quality Control

Regional Organizations and Trade Agreements

Burkina Faso is a member of WTO (since 1995), GATT (since 1963) including the below organizations:

  • Economic Comission of West African States (ECOWAS): this organization aims to promote cooperation and integration. It aims to establish an economic union in west Africa to raise the living standards of its peoples, and to maintain and enhance economic stability, foster relations among member states, and contribute to the progress and development of the African continent.
  • West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).
  • ISO: the Agence Burkinabè de Normalisation, de la Métrologie et de la qualité (ABNORM) is responsible for developing standards. One of ABNORM’s key objectives is to cover all Burkina Faso’s priority sectors for standardization (food, electro-technical, environmental, building and civil engineering sectors).

Regulatory Agencies

Burkina Faso has numerous regulatory bodies to set standards of the economy and then to enforce those standards:


The Agence Nationale de la Régulation Pharmaceutique (ANRP), the main objectives are to guarantee access to quality, safe, effective and accessible health products for the entire population.


The Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes(ARCEP) the main missions are to monitor compliance with regulations and commitments made by network operators and service providers, internet DNS domain management, approval of imported/local made electronic equipment or radio frequencies management.


Autorité de Régulation du Sous-secteur de l’Electricité (ARSE) a public establishment under to the Ministry of Energy with the aim to contribute to the proper functioning of the electricity sector through the regulation of production, operation, transport, distribution, sale, export and import activities of electricity throughout of the national territory.


The Comité Interministériel de Détermination des Prix des Hydrocarbures (CIDPH) is a decision-making support structure that the government has set up to make relevant proposals to determine the price of hydrocarbons month after month in country.

Civil Aviation Authority

The Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ANAC) in charge of the regulation, supervision and control of civil aviation activities in country.

Laboratory and Quality Testing Companies

Laboratoire National de Santé Publique (LNSP)

LNSP is a public establishment under to the Ministry of Health responsible for the quality control of health products, food, water and beverages pesticides, cosmetics, tobacco, and cigarettes (and all other products and articles likely to constitute threats to health). LNSP controls are followed by the issuance of a sanitary quality certificate.

Institut de Recherche en Science Appliquée et Technologie/ Département de Technologie Alimentaire (IRSAT/DTA)

  • Research & development in food and nutritional sector
  • Food quality control
  • Supporting the Agri-food industry development
  • Technology and skills transfer
  • Promotion of equipment and processes in the food industry Consulting support for the implementation of the quality approach

Laboratoires des Universités publiques du Burkina (UJKZ, UNB)

  • Initial training and research in the food and nutritional sector
  • Food quality Control
  • Consulting support for the implementation of the quality approach

Agence National de Biosécurité (ANB)

  • GMOs Quality Control

Laboratoire National de l’Elevage (LNE)

  • Food Quality control of animal origin
  • Search for chemical residues in food of animal origin
  • Control of the microbiological quality of animal feed
  • Conducting research in the field of food safety
  • Zoonotic disease surveillance
  • Training of farmed technicians

Public and governmental laboratories

Inspection Companies

Local companies like Groupe CEM or Tecal-Sate are assisting in quality control through food testing at vendor’s location prior delivery at customer ‘s warehouse. Their agents called “superintendent” are collecting samples to run laboratory analysis then provide advice according to the lab results. They also monitor loading and/or unloading operations by checking weight and visual aspect of the goods. International companies like Bureau Veritas and SGS are also operating in country and offer an extensive range of services from testing (bacteriological and chemical sampling analyses and quality analyses of submitted samples) inspection (supervision of loading and discharging), audit and certifications.

Pre-shipment Inspection

From September 2018 there is no longer a requirement for pre-shipment inspection to enable goods to be imported into Burkina Faso.

For more information on regulatory departments and quality control laboratories’ contact details, please see the following links: 4.1 Government Contact List and 4.3 Laboratory and Quality Testing Company Contact List.


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