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What are Standards?

Standards define best practice in many different areas.

A standard is a document that contains rules, guidelines or characteristics of product. The purpose of a standard to create order or a common understanding of a process, a service or a product.

Standards are developed at different levels ranging from individual, to national and international levels.

In Uganda UNBS developed national standards. UNBS develops national standards  that provide requirements for materials, manufacturing, testing, packaging and labelling to ensure that products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.

Standards are developed by bringing together all interested parties such as manufacturers, consumers and regulators of a particular product. The parties agree on the standard based on consensus, this consensus is built on science, technology, best practices including regulatory and society needs.

The benefits of using standards

All parties benefit from standardization through increased product safety and quality as well as lower transaction costs and prices.

Using standards can offer a set of powerful business and marketing tools for organizations of all sizes.

You can use them to fine-tune your performance and manage the risks you face while operating in more efficient and sustainable ways; they’ll allow you to demonstrate the quality of what you do to your customers; and they help you to see how to embed best practice into your organization. Standards also help you to meet the requirement of regulations.

To date UNBS has published more than 3600 Uganda Standards. We also have a stock of other regional and international standards. You can buy from our online store at  or from our Resource Centre at the UNBS Headquarters or send us am email at           

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Othieno Andrew

Manager, Standards Department