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The Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring Program 2017
27th March , 2017 : Hits 19
The Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring Program (FMP) implemented under a cooperative arrangement between UNBS and Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) is a government program designed to control and monitor the quality of petroleum products in the entire supply chain in Uganda. This year, the FMP sensitization drive was held in Mbarara Town from 13th March to 17th March 2017. The one week long activity was officially opened by the Assistant Commissioner- Petroleum Supply Department (MEMD), Mr. John Friday with a half day workshop  that was held at Lake View Resort Hotel. ..

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives launches Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) Policy
27th March , 2017 : Hits 22
On Thursday 2nd March 2017, The Prime Minister and the Minister of Trade, Industry & Cooperatives launched the BUBU policy and strategy. The objectives of the policy include; To promote the consumption of local goods and services.  To promote the use of and conformity to standards to guarantee quality goods and services.  To provide capacity building programs to local suppliers of goods and services. Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is central to these objectives, and as such our programs and resources will be aligned to support this government policy. ..

FAKE SOLAR BATTERIES FLOOD MARKET
13th March , 2017 : Hits 187
Reference is made to the article published in The New Vision of Thursday 9th March, 2017, titled “Fake solar batteries flood market”. The writer infers that fake and potentially explosive solar batteries have flooded the Ugandan market. UNBS would like to bring to the attention of the writer and the general public that indeed UNBS received a complaint on solar batteries imported by ADH Group Uganda. Samples were picked from ADH shops and submitted to UNBS laboratories for analysis. However, the batteries picked from the stores were all below 30 Amps of which the agency does not ..

STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT ON PNEUMATIC TYRES
21st February , 2017 : Hits 278
February 10, 2017, Kampala Uganda. UNBS has an obligation to protect public health and safety to ensure that consumers get quality products that match the value for their money. This is achieved through formulation and implementation of Standards for both locally manufactured and imported products for the Ugandan market. In the wake of the ever increasing public outcry regarding the quality of tyres on Ugandan market, UNBS has formulated standards for pneumatic tyres and are readily available for implementation by various stakeholders. Stakeholders were invited to a meeting on Friday 10t..

IAEA Interregional Food Safety Training.
21st February , 2017 : Hits 197
From the 6th-17th Feb 2017, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) hosted delegates from 11 countries for the first ever interregional Food Safety Training workshop. The technical meeting on improving food safety through the creation of an inter-regional network that produces reliable scientific data was supported by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).It is a 4 year program aimed at generating reliable data that will eventually be used in developing International Food Standards. The opening meeting of the training was graced by the State Minister for Trade Hon. Michael Werikhe. He n..

UNBS SEIZES DANGEROUS COSMETICS
16th January , 2017 : Hits 394
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is mandated to enforce standards in the protection of the public against harmful ingredients, dangerous components. Pursuant of its mandate, UNBS, on 21st December 2016 seized nine (9) metric tons of cosmetics worth USD 11,325.680 containing hydroquinone, a prohibited ingredient contrary to the requirements of Cosmetics and cosmetic products US: EAS 377:1. The consignment imported by NABCO REMA (U) LTD from Ivory Coast contained the following items; Cream Carotone Cream Maxi Light Body and, Cream Skin Light Body Laboratory analysi..

PRESS STATEMENT R: NEW VISION STORY OF 21.12.2016 titled CANCER-CAUSING LEAD FOUND IN WATER
23rd December , 2016 : Hits 645
Reference is made to the New Vision article on the aforementioned subject matter, in particular, the commentary that bottled water was found to have a lesser concentration of lead (heavy metal) compared to other sources. UNBS wishes to clarify as follows; The bottled water that is certified by UNBS is safe for consumption The article raises a false alarm on bottled water on the Ugandan market. The standard for water provides for maximum permissible lead levels in water of 0.10mg/litre Bottled water that has been certified by UNBS has lead levels of less than 0.01 mg/l far below the..

PRESS RELEASE : UNBS STARTS VERIFICATION OF ELECTRICITY METERS
21st December , 2016 : Hits 412
As stipulated in its mandate, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has embarked on verification of electricity meters in a bid to ensure consumer protection and fair trade. This is the latest intervention in the area of measurements that came as a result of the frequent complaints by the consumers of electricity meters in regard to billing. UNBS convened a number of meetings with the stakeholders in the drafting of the enabling regulation until 2015 when it was enacted. The applicable regulation is the Statutory Instruments 2015 No.69 Weights and Measures (Electricity meters) R..

MARKET SURVEILLANCE REPORT 2016
21st December , 2016 : Hits 213
Introduction : Surveillance is an activity under Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) focusing on eliminating substandard products from the market and ensuring that product traded on Ugandan Market meet requirements of relevant compulsory standards. To achieve this and appreciating that there are limited resources, a segmentation approach was adopted starting in July 2016. This was intended to identify sectors and cause an impact on the market sector by sector. This has helped to avoid spreading resources wide and focus on a specific sector to achieve tangible results. Indeed this has..

UNBS authorises 5 Laboratories to Increase Testing Capacity
8th December , 2016 : Hits 493
After a series of assessment, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has recognised 5 laboratories to provide product testing services aimed at easing doing business in Uganda. This implies that the laboratories are competent to test and issue results that may be used by UNBS in product certification and its other regulatory activities in a bid to reduce the workload in the institution’s laboratories and consequently making trade faster and smoother. The move is in line with the UNBS Laboratory Recognition Scheme established to ensure that laboratories outside UNBS scope or..