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UNBS destroys substandard goods worth Shs3.5 billion
16th August , 2018 : Hits 32
Kampala, 16th August, 2018 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has destroyed 413 metric tonnes of substandard goods worth Shs3.5 billion as it intensifies the fight against substandard products. The goods destroyed included electronics, cosmetics, steel products, iron sheets, food stuffs, toilet papers, agro-inputs, cooking oil, second hand tyres, beers, paints, and cereals, among others.   The destruction of goods follows country wide seizures carried out by the UNBS Market Surveillance and Imports Inspectors in the course of the last financial year 2017/18. A..

UNBS signs MoU with LGRB to enforce standards among gaming companies
16th August , 2018 : Hits 46
Kampala, 16th August, 2018 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and the National Gaming Board (LGRB) have signed a memorandum of understanding to enforce standards in the nascent Lotteries and gaming sector in accordance with Section 4 of the Lotteries and Gaming Act No.7 of  2016.    The signing took place between the UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo and the Executive Director LGRB, Mr. Edgar Agaba at UNBS Head Office in Bweyogere Industrial Park. Dr. Manyindo said, “The MoU is an opportunity for UNBS to work with LGRB in adopting, ad..

Our response to ULS on UNBS Directive to importers of garments
13th August , 2018 : Hits 125
Kampala, 13th August 2018. As the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), we are greatly perturbed and dismayed by the statement issued today by Uganda Law Society (ULS) and signed by its President, Simon Peter Kinobe, about the apparent “grace period granted to Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) to import fake products”. The statement is full of inaccuracies, innuendos, and gross misrepresentation of facts. We would like to urge the public to treat with contempt it deserves. It is unfortunate that the ULS did not make any effort to seek clarity from UNBS or carry ou..

UNBS launches new automated services
8th August , 2018 : Hits 231
Kampala, 8th August 2018 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has automated a number of its services to improve efficiency and turnaround time for better service delivery. Speaking at the launch of the automated services, the UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo said: “The UNBS automated services have replaced the manual systems and we believe this will go a long way in improving efficiency, transparency, and accountability in our systems and processes while allowing our clients carry out self-assessments and other self-service checks”.   Some of t..

Statement on the Quality of Sugar on the Market
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Kampala, 3rd August 2018. Our attention is drawn to the article that appeared on the front page of the New Vision of today under the headline: “Banned Kenya Sugar Sneaked into Uganda”. Our investigations have since established that the sugar reported belongs to Kakira Sugar, a local manufacturer certified by UNBS, contrary to the media reports that it had illegally been imported into the country.   The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has instituted consumer protection measures to ensure that contaminated such sugar is not imported into the country. UNBS has..

UNBS Performance highlights for Financial Year 2017/18
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MEDIA RELEASE: Performance highlights for Financial Year 2017/18 Preamble I would like to welcome you to today’s press conference to report on UNBS’ performance for the FY 2017-18. This is part of the accountability of public funds and transparency in the overall service delivery of government to the people of Uganda. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) mandate is developing, promoting and enforcing standards and quality of products and services to facilitate fair trade, promote local industries and protect consumers. During FY 2017/18, the Bureau received UGX..

UNBS measures to ensure quality of sugar on market
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Kampala, 29th June 2018 - Following reports about the presence of contaminated sugar in neighbouring Kenya, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has put in place the following measures to protect consumers: The UNBS market surveillance team has so far inspected more than 200 outlets focussing on the main sugar supply centres in and around Kampala but no sugar imported from Brazil has been found on the market. Over 100 samples were randomly picked from the market and taken to UNBS laboratories for further testing and analysis. It was established that all the samples did not co..

UNBS calls on stakeholders in the meat industry to improve standards
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Kampala, 7th June 2018 – Increasing consumption of meat and meat products among households has created more demand for standards and quality products in the meat value chain. Speaking at the National Stakeholders Meeting for players in the meat value chain, as part of the celebrations to mark the World Food Safety Day, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards, Deputy Executive Director in charge of Compliance, Mr John Paul Musimami, said: “the meat industry is still faced with poor infrastructure in addition to poor practices that do not conform to standards,”.  Rec..

Frequently Asked Questions on Motor Vehicle Inspection
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INTERIM MEASURE FOR DESTINATION INSPECTION OF USED MOTOR VEHICLES FRQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – June 2018 1. How is UNBS protecting the importer against importing substandard cars? It is the responsibility of the importer to ensure that goods or in this case the vehicle procured meet their expectations and value for money. UNBS develops standards as guidelines to be used to help and protect importers during purchase. Used Motor vehicles being imported into Uganda are inspected against a Uganda standards US 845 that can be procured from UNBS Information documentation center or onl..

UNBS new guidelines for motor vehicle inspection
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Kampala, 1st June 2018 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has issued new guidelines for inspection of motor vehicle being imported into the country as a measure to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment against motor vehicles that do not meet standards. In a public notice to motor vehicle importers and dealers, the UNBS asserts that all motor vehicles being imported into the country will be inspected for roadworthiness in Uganda prior to their release from the Customs controlled areas, in what is known as destination inspection, until further notice. Th..