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UNBS seizes tonnes of Sure Deal cosmetics worth Shs300 million
6th February , 2018 : Hits 270
The seized products would have had adverse health effects on more than 10,000 households as result of using poor quality products    The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), on Friday 2nd February 2018, seized 1.7 tonnes of assorted cosmetics worth Shs300 million belonging to Sure Deal Beauty Centre Limited. The company was found to be illegally using the UNBS Quality Mark and selling banned products in contravention of the UNBS Act and the Uganda Standards on specifications for Petroleum Jelly (US191) and general requirements for labelling cosmetics (US 346). Some of..

UNBS and ERA joint Statement on accuracy of Electricity Meters
30th January , 2018 : Hits 228
Our attention is drawn to information circulating on social media referring to fake electricity meters. The electricity meters in question were verified in line with The Weights and Measures (Electricity Meters) Rules, 2015 as part of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) routine activities.  It was established that 6,000 out of the 6,500 new meters tested between July and December, 2017 were faulty and needed corrective actions as directed by UNBS following the verification exercise.   The Meters that fail the tests are not allowed for installation on the network unti..

UNBS stops importation of 16 million products
24th January , 2018 : Hits 338
Kampala, 24th January 2018. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) stopped 16 million substandard products from being imported into the country as a measure to protect the health and safety of consumers. Between July and December 2017, under the Pre-export verification of conformity (PVoC), UNBS inspected 4.6 billion products of which 16 million products failed. In addition, UNBS seized about 232 metric tonnes of substandard goods worth Shs1.7 billion from the local market. The goods seized included steel bars, iron sheets, assorted food stuffs, energy savers, extension cables, c..

Public warning against Lacatalis infant milk products
15th January , 2018 : Hits 659
Kampala, 15th January 2018. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) would like to notify the public that Lactalis Group, a French firm dealing in processing of dairy products, has notified its customers about a recall of its products believed to be contaminated with Salmonela, an organism which can cause fatal infections. The brands mostly affected include Picot, Milumel, and Celi powered infant milk. The UNBS is carrying out market surveillance inspections to ensure that affected products are removed from the market and carry out further laboratory tests to establish whether the ..

2017 Xmas and New Year Message to UNBS Stakeholders and Partners
15th December , 2017 : Hits 272
Warm and heartfelt greetings from the UNBS family of quality and standards. We are happy and excited whenever we buy or receive a quality product or service in the right quantity and in time. Behind that product or service, there is a team of men and women who have made quality and standards their commitment in branding their business. We congratulate the proprietors of such business in Uganda. Without standards the world would be a sea of confusion and difficult to live in. Can you imagine the accidents and confusion with some traffic keeping left and others on the right?  Have you..

UNBS declares 254 new standards 
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Kampala, 13th December 2017 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has approved and declared a total of 254 standards as national standards, and 76 standards have been recommended to the minister of trade to declare them compulsory standards because they are of safety concerns for the consumers and the environment. Speaking at the press briefing, the Executive Director Dr Ben Manyindo said, “A number of standards being approved are important for BUBU and support top government priorities such as Oil and Gas as well as in the area of Construction procurement, Agro input..

UNBS recognizes companies for quality products and services
1st December , 2017 : Hits 354
Kampala, 30th November 2017 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has recognised companies for outstanding contribution in ensuring quality products and services on the Ugandan market. The companies were recognised at the UNBS Annual Quality Gala held at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala under the theme: Promoting Ugandan Made Products. The Quality Awards come at a time when Uganda is promoting locally manufactured products under the Buy Uganda, Build Uganda Policy. Under the policy, the UNBS is supporting Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) to ensure that th..

UNBS Quality Awards encourage businesses to improve standards
2nd November , 2017 : Hits 426
Kampala, November 2nd 2017- In an effort to promote quality and encourage local businesses to produce products according to set standards, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has announced the 2017 Quality Awards. The awards to be held on 30th November 2017 will recognise local companies whose products have consistently met standards both at national and international level. Speaking at the press conference to announce the Awards, the UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo, said: “The Quality Awards will recognise local businesses that have demonstrated compliance to ..

UNBS calls for adoption of international standards on smart cities
27th October , 2017 : Hits 265
Kampala, 27th October 2017 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon urban authorities to adopt international standards on smart cities to provide quality life to their citizens. Speaking at the World Standards Day Celebrations held at Kampala City Authority (KCCA) Mayor’s Grounds, the UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo said: “Urban authorities should strive for sufficient fresh water, universal access to cleaner energy, the ability to travel efficiently, a sense of safety and security to provide a decent quality of life to their citizens&rdqu..

Standards make cities smarter
14th October , 2017 : Hits 251
14 October 2017 - Today, as World Standards Day is being celebrated, tribute is payed to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts world wide who develop voluntary technical agreements published as international standards. The focus this year is  sufficient fresh water, access to cleaner energy, the ability to travel efficiently from one point to another and a sense of safety and security. Modern cities are expected to provide these kind of promises in order to stay competitive and provide a decent quality of life to citizens...