FASONORM, whose official name is "Direction de la Normalisation et de la Promotion de la Qualité" (Directorate for Standardization and Quality Promotion) was set up within the National Foreign Trade Bureau (ONAC) by Decree No. 98-296/PM/MCIA/MEF of 15 July 1998 giving it the remit to act as the National Standards Body (NSB) of Burkina Faso.
ONAC is an administrative public institution operating under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The duties of FASONORM are as follows:
- to coordinate all work and studies related to metrology (scientific or industrial), quality, standardization and certification;
- to inform, raise awareness of, and provide training to, companies on quality matters;
- to certify the conformity of products to standards with the granting of the national quality mark (Burkina Faso Quality Label);
- to certify the conformity to standards of corporate quality management systems.
In addition, FASONORM acts as the national WTO enquiry point on standards and regulations, in connection with the implementation of the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO/TBT).
At 31 December 2005, FASONORM had 87 draft standards ready for registration, of which 37 were approved as international standards.