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TOP CODEX BODY RE-APPOINTS UGANDA AS COORDINATOR FOR CODEX ACTIVITIES IN AFRICA FOR 2022-2024
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Uganda, through Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has been re-appointed Coordinator for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations / World Health Organisation (FAO/WHO) Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) for the period, 2022 to 2024. This, after successfully completing the (2020-2022) tenure, which included hosting the 24th CCAFRICA meeting in September 2022 in Kampala. The appointment was made by the top body in the CODEX structures, Codex Alimentarius Commission, during its ongoing 45th meeting this week in Rome, Italy. Africa at the session was represe..

ONE STANDARD, ONE CERTIFICATION QUALITY MARK, ONE CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE FOR EAC MEMBER STATES
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The East African Community has kicked off implementation of the East African Community (EAC) Harmonised Framework that is aimed at facilitating cross border trade of pre-packaged foods and cosmetic products. The Framework promotes the use of one standard, One Certification Quality Mark, and one conformity assessment procedure in the registration, approval, certification and clearance of pre-packaged food products and cosmetics to promote intra EAC Trade among the Partner States, including South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. This develop..

UNBS URGES RICE, MAIZE AND SORGHUM DEALERS TO ADHERE TO STANDARDS
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is calling upon all traders of Rice, Maize and Sorghum to adhere to the Uganda Standards during the production processes, to improve the quality of the final products. During UNBS sensitisation of Rice, Maize and Sorghum traders in the Mbale and Bulambuli, the Senior Surveillance Officer at UNBS, Mr. Gaston Kironde emphasised that if the standards are not adhered to, the Public (Consumers), Government and the business community are all negatively affected. “Non-Compliance to standards leads to poor quality goods which affects the healt..

UNBS SIMPLIFIES, TRANSLATES FOOD STANDARDS TO EASE IMPLEMENTATION BY MSMES.
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) with support from Advance Afrika under the Action for Livelihood Enhancement in Northern Uganda (ALENU) Project, has simplified food standards into easy-to-use guidelines and translated them to local languages (Alur and Acholi) to ease uptake and implementation of standards by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The easy-to-use awareness materials were developed from twenty two (22) standards that include code of practice for hygiene, specficiations for food items including; Apiary, Local Poultry, Beans, Soy Beans, Tomatoes, Onions, Gro..

UNBS GRANTS CERTIFICATION TO OVER 500 MSMEs
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) with support from the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU) has granted  product certification (Q-Mark) to over 500 Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) who are producing over 700 Products across various sectors as part of the COVID 19 Economic Recovery and Resilience Response Program (CERRRP) funded by the Mastercard Foundation under the Quality and Standards Component at the cost of USD 500,000. According to Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, the Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), this is part of the Burea..

UGANDA CELEBRATES WORLD STANDARDS DAY
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Uganda through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the rest of the World in celebrating the “World Standards Day” under the theme “Our Shared Vision for a Better World, Standards for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. This day is set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the Experts who volunteer their valuable resources in developing Standards to create a better world for all. This year, the focus is on how we can get a world that is better, fairer and more sustainable through attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Standards ..

UNBS OPENS THE 2ND REGIONAL FOOD SAFETY LABORATORY IN MBALE CITY
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has opened its 2nd Food Safety Laboratory in Mbale City to provide Conformity Assessment and Quality Assurance of products manufactured in Eastern Uganda. According to Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, the Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), this is part of the Bureau’s Strategic Plan to decentralize Quality Infrastructure and other Standardization Services to other parts of the Country. Similar Testing Laboratories were commissioned in Gulu City in July, 2022, to serve Northern Uganda, with the next one planned for W..

Uganda Mentors Tanzania on CODEX Work and Food Safety Standards
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), which doubles as the CCAFRICA Coordinator, has concluded a Four-Day Twinning and Mentorship programme on Codex Activities between Uganda and Tanzania. The objective of the twinning arrangement is to strengthen member states capacity and efficiency in engaging and management of Codex activities especially with regard to Chairing of Electronic working groups as well as hosting and co-hosting of Codex sessions on food safety standards. During the session, the Coordinator for Codex Activities in Africa who is also the Head of the Food and Agric..

UNBS HOSTS THE 24TH CCAFRICA MEETING TO DISCUSS STRATEGIES OF STRENGTHENING FOOD SAFETY IN AFRICA
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) on behalf of Uganda is hosting over 250 delegates from 49 African Countries and other global Partners for a Week Long Hybrid International Conference to discuss Strategies of Strengthening Food Safety in Africa. Uganda is currently the Coordinator and Chair of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) CODEX Alimentarius Commission, Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA). CODEX Alimentarius Commission was established by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in ..

STATEMENT ON ADULTERATED GIN (CITY 5) AND DEATH OF CONSUMERS IN ARUA CITY AND NEIGHBOURING DISTRICTS
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In exercising its mandate of Promoting and Enforcing National Standards in order to Protect the Safety and Health of the Public against Consumption of Harmful and Substandard Products on the Market, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) prohibits the importation, manufacture, sale, distribution or holding for the purpose of selling any product that does not conform with the Compulsory Uganda Standards. It is against this background that UNBS Enforcement Team traveled to Arua City on the 21st August, 2022 to establish the circumstances under which about 17 people who consumed a Local Gi..

UNBS GETS NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Francis Mwebesa, has inaugurated a new ten-member board; The National Standards Council (NSC), that will provide oversight and policy guidance to the UNBS to ensure effective service delivery. During the inauguration ceremony, Hon. Mwebesa urged the new board to prioritise improving quality of locally manufactured goods and imports, to protect the public and environment against dangerous substandard products.  “Check the factories where goods are made to ensure that they comply with the standards before those goods make it..

UNBS OPENS REGIONAL FOOD SAFETY LABORATORY IN GULU CITY
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has opened a Food Safety Testing Laboratory for Northern Region based in Gulu. The Equipment for the Laboratory was donated by VODP through Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) funded by the Danish Government. According to Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, the Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), the Bureau intends to open similar Testing Laboratories for Eastern Region based in Mbale and for Western Region based in Mbarara in the near future. He noted that by movin..

UNBS ELECTED TO ARSO COUNCIL
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Kampala, Friday, June 30, 2022 – Uganda, through Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has been elected to the African Regional Standards Organization (ARSO) as a member of the Board. Uganda National Bureau of Standards will be part of the ARSO 12 Member Council/Board to represent 43 Member Countries. This was during the ARSO General Assembly Meeting held on 30th June, 2022 at Younde-Cameroon. Prior to this elevation, Uganda has been offering leadership in ARSO as Chairpersons and Secretaries to 3 Technical Committees of Horticulture, Cereals & Pulses and for Live Animals. Ugan..

PUBLIC NOTICE: TO ALL IMPORTERS OF FISHING GEAR
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), wishes to inform all Importers of Fishing Gear that it is now a requirement for specific Fishing Gear to undergo Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVOC) in accordance with the requirements of The Fish (Fishing) Rules, 2010, Statutory Instruments No.33, particularly, Part II - Prohibited Nets and Fishing with Nets- Clause 3, 4,6,7 and 19. The Bureau will commence enforcement of compliance with the above Fishing Rules, 2010 effective 1st July, 2022 and all ..

UNBS Holds Practical Training on Standards for the Food & Beverage Sector
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Kampala, Monday, June 27, 2022 — Last week, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) hosted the first-ever practical training on the implementation of standards. The training, which was conducted in a factory setting at Negonja Organics Ltd, was focused on the importance of standards in the food sector, its impact on fair trade practice and consumer health protection, harmonization of food standards for import, export as well as domestic production and consumption. The hands-on session was organized to impart practical knowledge and skills by a local manufacturer who has succee..

Government intensifies fight against high Aflatoxin levels in food stuffs ahead of World Food Safety Day
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The Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), in collaboration with the Grain Council Uganda (TGCU), Uganda National Farmer’s Federation (UNFFE), Food rights Alliance (FRA), PELUM and ESAFF have embarked on a campaign to fight against the high Aflatoxin levels in food stuffs, to promote consumption of safe food in the country. The efforts, supported by OXFAM, come at a time when Uganda joins the world to celebrate World Food Safety Day 2022, under the theme: Safer food, better health..

Uganda Celebrates the World Metrology Day
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Uganda through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the rest of the World to celebrate the World Metrology Day under the theme“Metrology in the Digital Era”,. Metrology refer to a science of Measurements which involves quantification of items by checking their weight, length, temperature and time among others. Metrology embraces both experimental and theoretical determinations at any level of uncertainty in any field of science and technology, as defined by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. In order to ensure fairness in trade and precision of ..

UNBS Accreditation to Offer ISO Certification renewed
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards’ (UNBS’) accreditation to provide International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Management Systems Certification has been renewed by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). The SANAS accreditation renewal means that UNBS continues to be internationally recognised to provide credible certification services to organisations for ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) and ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems (QMS). According to ISO, a Management System is “the way in which an organization manages the in..

UNBS urges Kombucha manufacturers to adhere to hygiene standards
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has urged all Kombucha Manufacturers to adhere to hygiene standards in addition to the other relevant Uganda standards that govern the quality of their products. During a meeting held with Kombucha manufacturers in Mityana and Mubende districts, UNBS Surveillance Officer, Ms. Sarah Nantongo Kintaboine, cautioned the manufacturers against inadequate hygiene and cross contamination at their  manufacturing premises. “The health and safety of millions of people is at stake if you do not produce hygienic products. Ensure that your work..

UNBS signs MoU with UCU to Promote Quality Standards in Institutions of Higher Learning
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mukono to promote Standardisation and Quality Assurance in Institutions of Higher Learning. According to the Executive Director of UNBS Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, the Bureau intends to promote quality culture by mainstreaming quality standards in education curricula of Institutions of Higher Learning, especially Universities and Tertiary Institutions. According to Mr. Ebiru, Students are the future Innovators, Industrialists and Entrepreneurs who must apprec..

UNBS Launches Standard to Facilitate Commercialization of Edible Insects
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has launched the Edible Insects Standard, US 2146:2020 Edible Insects –Specification, in collaboration with Makerere University School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Systems Engineering (Food Science) with support from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). The standard is aimed at promoting safe consumption of edible insects which are harvested, processed and traded on the Ugandan Market, in line with the UNBS mandate of developing, promoting and enforcing standards in protection of public health and sa..

UNBS urges Kombucha manufacturers to diligently adhere to the quality standards
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has urged all Kombucha Manufacturers to diligently adhere to the relevant Uganda standards that govern the quality of their products, if they are to stay on the market. During a meeting with the Kombucha sector under their umbrella association, Uganda Kombucha Manufacturers (KOMAU), held on Friday 25th March,2022, at the UNBS head offices in Bweyogerere, the UNBS Deputy Executive Director in charge of Standards Ms. Patricia Bageine Ejalu, cautioned the over 90 manufacturers that turned up, against failure to control their production processes w..

UNBS Testing Capacity Boosted with Equipment Worth UGX 6.9 Bn to Support Decentralisation
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is set to decentralise its laboratory testing services to its Regional Offices in Mbarara, Gulu and Mbale following a boost in Laboratory Testing Equipment donated by Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) with support from the Danish Government. During the official launch of laboratory equipment used for testing of products geared towards fighting against COVID-19, the Danish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Nicolaj A. Hejberg Petersen, said that Danida through TMEA is facilitating the decentralisation of the UNBS testing centres in three major cities of Mbar..

Uganda officially assumes office as new Codex Coordinator in Africa
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Uganda, through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has officially assumed office as the new Coordinator for the Food and Agriculture Organisation / World Health Organisation (FAO/WHO) Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA), taking over from Kenya. This follows the appointment for the period 2020 to 2022 by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) during its 43rd meeting held virtually in November 2020. During the CCAFRICA strategic Meeting at Protea Hotel in Entebbe-Uganda, the UNBS Executive Director, Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru said that UNBS services and activities co..

UNBS Joins the World in Celebrating the “World Consumer Rights Day”
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15th March , 2022 : Hits 419
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the rest of the World to celebrate “World Consumer Rights Day” under the theme “Fair Digital Finance”. Digital Finance refers to the delivery of traditional Financial Services Digitally, through devices such as Computers, Tablets and Smart Phones i.e transfer of funds through Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS), Mobile Money transactions and Crypto Currencies among others. In line with the Bureau’s mandate of Standards Development, Consumer Protection and Promoting Fair Trade, we have so far developed sixteen (16) s..

FUEL ADULTERATION RATES DROP TO LESS THAN 1% IN UGANDA
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The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) together with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) have resumed the annual countrywide sensitizations of Ugandans on fuel quality and quantity at different fuel stations in the country, following the lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown. The Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring Program implemented by government, designed to control and monitor the quality of petroleum products in the entire supply chain in Uganda, is ongoing in North Western and Western Uganda districts of Masindi, Hoima, Kyenjojo, FortPortal  and Kasese. Du..

UNBS TIGHTENS GRIP ON THE QUALITY OF STEEL PRODUCTS
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Kampala - Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has commenced enforcement activities against substandard steel products in different parts of the country, in line with its mandate of ensuring fair trade and protecting the public and environment against dangerous and sub-standard products. The resumed enforcement exercise follows expiry of the January 31st, 2022 ultimatum issued by UNBS to all manufacturers of steel products to recall all substandard products on the market. During a steel sector meeting on standards held on 19th January 2022 convened ..

NEW PUBLIC NOTICE TO ALL IMPORTERS WAIVER OF PVOC SURCHARGE FEES ON NEWLY TAGGED COMMODITIES FOR THE PERIOD 13TH DEC 2021 TO 13TH MAR 2022
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has an obligation to protect public health & safety and to ensure that consumers get quality products that match value for money. The Bureau also has the mandate to promote fair trade and contribute to national development. This is achieved through formulation, implementation and enforcement of standards for both locally manufactured and imported products for the Ugandan market as well as ensuring that national industrial policies are streamlined into available regulations and procedures. Due to the formulation and development of a number o..

UNBS urges Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) traders to adhere to quality standards
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Kampala, Thursday 4th November, 2021 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is calling upon all importers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), owners of LPG Cylinder filling plants, Owners of LPG outlets, LPG dealers to adhere to the legal provisions of; The Weights and Measures Act (Cap 103) section 26 and 27 The Weights and Measures (Sale and Labeling of Goods) rules 2007, Statutory Instrument No.36 2007. The weights and Measures (Sale and Labeling of goods) (Amendment) Rules, 2020. Statutory Instrument No. 103.  This follows complaints from the public about under-..

UNBS Commences Enforcement of Quality Standards Against Uncertified Maize Grain and Maize Flour
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has been sensitizing and building capacity of Maize Millers, Processors and Dealers in different parts of the country over the last one (1) year to ensure that they adhere to the Maize and Maize Flour Quality Standards by obtaining UNBS Certification (Q-Mark) before placing them on the market. The following Mandatory Standards must be complied with;- US EAS 2:2017, Maize grains — Specification (2nd Edition) US EAS 44:2019, Milled maize (corn) products — Specification (4th Edition) US EAS 782:2019 Composite flour – Specif..

UNBS signs MoU with USAID to boost MSME Certification
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards’ (UNBS’) support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to improve the quality of their products, services and systems has been boosted. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNBS and USAID Feed the Future (FtF) Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (IAM) Activity. The MoU aims at; Increasing product certification in the areas of health, safety and food processing Increasing standards awareness and conformity requirements among MSMEs Building capacity and certification of private labs..

UNBS Reviews Standards for Mattress
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Kampala, 1st October 2021 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has developed a new foam mattress standard that specifies the requirements, sampling and test methods for foam mattresses suitable for domestic and hotel use. However, the standard does not apply to mattresses used for medical or orthopaedic purpose. The new standard, US 202: 2021 Textiles - Foam mattress – Specification cancels and replaces the old standards. The main changes from the previous editions are: A change in the title to cater for other foam mattresses, such as expanded polyethylene mattresses..

UNBS OPENS REGISTRATION FOR THE SECOND ROUND OF THE INTER-LABORATORY COMPARISON
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon laboratory owners and institutions to participate in inter-laboratory comparison to ensure accuracy of their results. The unveiling was done during an online stakeholder engagement organized by UNBS to encourage the industry to register and participate in the scheme. The Deputy Executive Director-Standards, Ms. Patricia Bageine Ejalu said that inter-laboratory comparisons are undertaken to verify that a laboratory provides correct results within the stated measurement uncertainty. She added that the need for ongoing confidenc..

MPS tour UNBS Facilities, commend the Standards Agency for Undisrupted services amidst COVID I9 Challenges
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Members of Parliament on the Committee of Tourism, Trade and Industry have commended the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) for its strides in the ensuring consumer protection and fair trade. The remarks were made during the trade committee’s visit to UNBS head offices in Bweyogerere, as part of their orientation into the sector. The committee members noted that UNBS has done a tremendous job, given its limited capacity in terms of funding and staffing. “We know UNBS has challenges like limited funds to carry out operations. However, there is government support and..

UNBS urges the business community to embrace Systems Certification for growth
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon the business community to embrace Management Systems implementation and Certification to facilitate growth of their businesses. The remarks were made during an online stakeholder engagement organized by UNBS to equip business owners with Management System standards and skills to better their businesses. “Management Systems Certification gives you a step by step process from the raw materials/service inception to the end product/service delivery to make sure the entire system is under control and the quality of your end ..

UNBS, PSFU in partnership to boost businesses during COVID 19
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has received ICT equipment worth UGX. 200M from the COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Resilience Response Program (CERRRP) under the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) in partnership with the Master Card Foundation. The equipment was received by the UNBS Executive Director, Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, at UNBS Standards house in Bweyogerere. Under CERRRP, UNBS is receiving Support for institutional enhancement of quality & standards management for business sectors involved in the manufacture, importation, and trade of products that are au..

PUBLIC NOTICE: Validity of Certificates of Road Worthiness (CRWs) for Used Motor Vehicles
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) informs all Used Motor Vehicle Dealers, Importers and the General Public that effective 01st  September, 2021, all Certificates of Road Worthiness (CRWs) under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) for used Motor Vehicles will be valid for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of issue. This is to enable streamlining and provision of clear guidance on the validity of the Certificate of Road Worthiness (CRW) for imported Used Motor Vehicles. Effective 01st September, 2021, any Used motor vehicle accompanied by CRWs beyo..

UNBS Reduces Cost of Product certification (Q-Mark) to Support BUBU
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has phased out some of the charges which were previously being levied on enterprises seeking certification of their products and these include Initial Audit Fees of Shs 250,000/= and Surveillance Audit Fees of Shs 250,000/=. This implies that UNBS will from 1st July, 2021 conduct the certification and surveillance audits on Enterprises seeking to acquire the Quality Mark (Q-Mark) free of charge. Micro and Small Enterprises will now only pay certification fees of Shs 500,000 while Medium and Large Enterprises will pay Shs 1,000,000 to be issued with..

UNBS Certifies 48 Companies to Produce Non-Medical Face Masks
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UNBS Certifies 48 Companies to Produce Non-Medical Face Masks In the wake of the 2nd Wave of COVID-19 infections, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) under its mandate of ensuring the quality and safety of Non-Medical Face Masks on the market hereby notifies the public of the 48 Companies certified to manufacture 52 brands of Non-Medical Face Masks as of 6th July, 2021 listed below; S/N COMPANY NAME BRAND NAME 1. Aiduk Group Limited Aiduk Group Ltd - Two Layers Reusable Non-Medical F..

UNBS Certifies 105 Companies to Produce Sanitizers
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In the wake of the 2nd Wave of COVID-19 infections, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) under its mandate of ensuring the quality and safety of Sanitizers and Disinfectants on market hereby notifies the public of the 105 Companies certified to produce 132 Brands of Sanitizers and Disinfectants as of 6th July, 2021 listed below; S/N COMPANY NAME BRAND NAME 1. Abiah Group Limited NISSI anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, NISSI hand santinizer gel 2. Ad..

PUBLIC WARNING-Substandard Reinforcement Bar (Iron Bars) used in the reinforcement of concrete
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It has been observed that, substandard Iron Bars are flooding the market with many unsuspecting individuals falling victim. The sale of substandard iron bars deprives the customer of the value for their money, promotes unfair trade and compromises with the quality of the construction thus safety of structures. All ribbed bars should meet the requirements of the Ugandan Standard US EAS 412-2:2019 - Steel for the reinforcement of concrete - Part 2: Ribbed bars (3rd Edition). Bars not meeting these specifications in the standard shall not be placed in the market for sale. Most of the substa..

UGANDA JOINS THE REST OF THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY
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Kampala, June 7th, 2021- Today the 7th of June 2021, Uganda through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the rest of the world to celebrate the World Food Safety day, under the theme; Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow. On 20th December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 73/250 proclaiming a World Food Safety Day (WFSD). Starting in 2019, every 7th June is a time to celebrate the myriad benefits of safe food. World Food Safety Day is an important way of: making the population aware of food safety issues; demonstrating how to prevent i..

UGANDA JOINS THE REST OF THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE WORLD METROLOGY DAY
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Kampala, May 20th, 2021- Today the 20th of May 2021, Uganda through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the rest of the world to celebrate the World Metrology day, under the theme; Measurement for Health. Metrology, which is the science of measurement, plays a leading role in all aspects of life and the economy including; health, safety, trade, manufacturing, aviation and infrastructure development among many other areas. The theme for this year, Measurement for Health, was chosen to create awareness of the important role Metrology (measurements) plays in health and well..

APPOINTMENT OF MR. DAVID LIVINGSTONE EBIRU AS THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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The Hon. Minster of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambbade in consultation with UNBS National Standards Council (NSC) has appointed Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru as the 4th Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) effective 11th May, 2021. Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru holds a 1st Class Master of Commerce (M.COM) Degree majoring in Financial Management from Osmania University, Hyderabad in India and an Upper 2nd Class Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Makerere University, Kampala. He has also undertaken a number of Professional and Compet..

UNBS cautions clearing agents against unauthorised releases and corruption
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has cautioned clearing agents and consolidators against unauthorised releases and corruption tendencies, which frustrate UNBS efforts of curbing substandard imports on the market. The remarks were made by the UNBS Imports Inspection Manager, Mr. Martin Imalingat, during a sensitization meeting with clearing agents and consolidators held at the Entebbe International Airport. “A good number of clearing agents and consolidators suspected to have been involved in unauthorised releases are in court and others have already been penalised.&rd..

Waiver of PVoC surcharge for the period 25th March to 24th April 2021
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has an obligation to protect public health & safety and to ensure that consumers get quality products that match value for money. The Bureau also has the mandate to promote fair trade and contribute to national development. This is achieved through formulation, implementation and enforcement of standards for both locally manufactured and imported products for the Ugandan market as well as ensuring that national industrial policies are streamlined into available regulations and procedures. Following challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a ..

UNBS urges maize flour dealers to adhere to quality standards
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standard (UNBS) is calling upon all maize flour dealers to adhere to the maize flour quality standards as well as seek UNBS certification before placing their products on the market. During the ongoing sensitization stakeholder engagements held with maize millers under Operation Wealth Creation, Rubaga Grain Millers Association , Masanafu maize millers, and on site capacity building visits to all millers across the country, UNBS issued an ultimatum of six  months (January  – June 2021) to have all maize flour milling facilities certified by UNBS..

UNBS releases list of certified maize milling companies
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Kampala, 23rd March 2021 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has released a list of certified maize milling companies as at 23rd March 2021. This is in line with the UNBS mandate of consumer protection, aimed at protecting Ugandans from buying substandard maize flour which could be harmful to their health. The updated list has 23 companies, producing 27 brands of certified maize flour and maize grains as listed below; No. Holding Company Certified Products Product Brand Location ..

Uganda celebrates World Consumer Rights Day
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the world to celebrate the International World Consumer Rights Day, this Monday 15th March 2021, under the theme: ‘Tackling Plastic Pollution.” During the celebrations, UNBS reiterates the call to all plastic carrier bag manufacturers to ensure that they have plastic waste recycling plants, the public to adhere to the ban on sachet alcohol and the ban on drinking water packaged in polythene bags. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has played a role in Tackling Plastic Pollution in Uganda by; Enforcing the ..

UGANDAN STUDENTS WIN CONTINENTAL STANDARDS ESSAY COMPETITION
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In a bid to promote appreciation of Standards in the Institutions of Higher Learning, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) together with other National Standards Bureaus in Africa under the continental standards body; the African Regional Standards Organization (ARSO) have been organizing Annual Continental Essay Competition for University Students in Africa since 2013. During the 7th ARSO Continental Essay Competition for 2019/2020, Uganda presented five (5) University Students and was privileged to take both the overall Winner and 2nd Runner up positions. The overall Winner was M..

ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION OF BEVERAGES (HEALTH DRINKS)
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), National Drug Authority (NDA), and Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), have observed with concern a growing number of advertisements of products claiming nutritional and therapeutic value on television, radio and social media. These advertisements, which exaggerate the therapeutic capability of the drinks being advertised, are not only misleading to the public but actually putting lives at risk. Moreover, some of them, especially the visual content on TV and social media, portray inappropriate content. Section 33 (1)(c) of the National ..

UNBS, URSB MEET TO STRENGTHEN COLLABORATION
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) together with the Uganda Registration  Services Bureau (URSB) met on Monday to discuss ways of strengthening collaboration between the two parties to better service delivery. During the meeting, the  Ag. UNBS Executive Director, Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru together with the URSB Registrar General, Ms. Mercy K.Kainobwisho resolved to enhance collaboration in areas of Stakeholder engagements/sensitizations, trainings and enforcement activities. While the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) assures quality of locally manufactur..

UNBS urges companies to adhere to laboratory standards
5th February , 2021 : Hits 327
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon all companies with laboratories to ensure that they adhere to the quality Standards for laboratories; ISO/IEC 17025:2017 General requirements for testing and calibration laboratories, ISO 9001 requirements. The call was made during an online stakeholder engagement with all companies that own laboratories, organised by UNBS with support from the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU). The engagement is part of the laboratory recognition project by UNBS with support from PSFU, to train selected laboratories that offer testing ..

UNBS DECLARES 160 NEW STANDARDS FOR USE
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The National Standards Council has declared one hundred Sixty (160) new National standards for use, in accordance to section 15 of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Act Cap 327. Out of the 160 new standards; 63 are in the Chemicals and Consumer products sector, 60 are in the engineering sector, 29 are in the Food and Agricultural Sector and Eight (8) in the Management and Services sector. Thirty (30) of the new standards in the Chemicals and Consumer products sector, Nineteen(19 ) of the new standards in the Engineering Sector and Eighteen( 18 ) of the new standards in the F..

UNBS CAUTIONS MAIZE FLOUR-MILLING COMPANIES ON HYGIENE
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has issued an ultimatum of five (5) months, to all maize millers to improve compliance to standards. This follows routine inspections conducted by the UNBS surveillance team that found many maize millers and distributors   operating in unhygienic conditions and without the necessary quality control measures required to ensure quality during the production process which contravenes standards requirements and could result in contamination of the flour and pose a risk to public health. During this ultimatum period, all maize millers a..

UNBS, DIRECTORATE OF FISHERIES, DEVELOP SIMLIFIED GUIDELINES FOR FISHING INDUSTRY
14th December , 2020 : Hits 355
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards and the Directorate of Fisheries Resources (DFR) with support from the Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN), a project funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, have developed a set of simplified guidelines for the fishing industry. The guidelines will provide basic information on the laws, regulations, procedures and principles for addressing safety and quality of fish products. The guidelines will also be applied during handling, preparation (such as drying), processing, packaging, storage, transport and marketing of fis..

UNBS TO START MOBILE VERIFICATION OF OUTDOOR MEASURING EQUIPMENT
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December 2020 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is set to start mobile verification of outdoor measuring equipment such as railway wagons/tankers, static tanks, underground tanks at filling stations, high speed flow meters, Deports and Aviation meters among others. This follows receipt of a new mobile prover unit; the largest in the region, which consists of a mobile 5000 litre prover tank, a mobile platform (rig) and a skid. The equipment, worth USD 49,000 (Over 180 million shillings) was delivered to UNBS by Intertek International, as fulfilment of the obligation by cont..

OUTGOING UNBS ED DR. BEN MANYINDO'S FAREWELL MESSAGE
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Dear UNBS staff and stakeholders, Allow me to share some thoughts at end of my tour of duty at UNBS. The 22 years journey has been worth the travel and traveling the journey together made us reach thus far in 2020. Ebenezer (thus far the gracious God Almighty has brought us). Many successes registered and milestones reached, a number of lessons learnt but there were also some disappointments. We persevered, worked hard and remained focused on the vision. UNBS being a unique institution has a wide mandate that touches the quality of life of all people. It is the only government institutio..

TRADE MINISTER HON. AMELIA KYAMBADDE APPLAUDS FORMER UNBS ED DR. BEN MANYINDO
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The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde has applauded Dr. Ben Manyindo for his diligent service during his tenure at the helm of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS). Hon. Kyambadde made the remarks during the official send-off ceremony of Dr. Ben Manyindo at Serena Hotel in Kampala. “UNBS was engrossed in many challenges and irregularities at the time I became a Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives. I expected Ben to solve all the quality issues overnight. I expected miracles! But Ben didn’t let me down.” Said Hon. Kyambadd..

UNBS, PAU SIGN MOU TO STRENGTHEN STANDARDISATION IN THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR
13th November , 2020 : Hits 330
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) aimed at strengthening the collaboration between UNBS and PAU in the development and implementation of standards for the oil and gas sector in Uganda. The Executive Director of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, Mr. Ernest Rubondo, acknowledged that the development and implementation of quality standards in the oil and gas sector is very critical given the level of investment expected from the oil and gas sector and the sectors’ potential to contribute t..

UNBS ISSUES THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES (SALE AND LABELLING OF GOODS) (AMENDMENT) RULES, 2020 FOR PREPACKAGED GOODS
13th November , 2020 : Hits 335
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has amended the Weights and Measures (Sale and labelling of Goods Rules 2007) to specify the prepackaged goods which should be sold by the measures of mass, volume, linear measures and count and also to standardise quantities for some essential prepackaged goods. During the UNBS online stakeholder engagement with traders dealing in prepackaged goods, the UNBS Senior Metrologist, Josephine Nakyeyune, cited alcoholic beverages, Bread and buns, carbonated soft drinks, packaged drinking water, flavoured drinks, squashes and fruit juices, polishes a..

DR. BEN MANYINDO RETIRES FROM UNBS SERVICE
9th November , 2020 : Hits 328
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) wishes to inform the General Public and all Stakeholders that its long serving Executive Director, Eng. Dr. Ben Manyindo has retired from UNBS Service with effect from 1st November, 2020. Accordingly, Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru who is the  Deputy Executive Director in charge of Management and Financial Services at the Bureau has been appointed as the Acting Executive Director until the process of recruiting the substantive Executive Director is concluded. The Bureau acknowledges the great contribution made by Dr. Manyindo towards its g..

MANDATORY SOLAR STANDARDS IN THE OFFING TO ENSURE SAFETY, QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF SOLAR PRODUCTS
5th November , 2020 : Hits 331
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is in the final stages of developing a standard for solar products in the Solar Home System (SHS) and Pico solar products category – largely plug and play products. This follows a public outcry of poor quality solar products flooding the market. A public review of the Draft Solar Plug and Play standard IEC TS 62257-9-8:2020 was held on Thursday 5th November, by UNBS in partnership with the Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA), Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and RENCON Uganda, ahead of the standards approval by the National Standards..

UGANDA CELEBRATES WORLD STANDARDS DAY
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Kampala, 14th October, 2020 – Uganda, through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the world to celebrate World Standards Day, under the theme; “Protecting the planet with standards”. The day is set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the many experts who volunteer their resources in developing standards for a better world. As part of its mandate, UNBS develops, promotes and provides information on national standards as well as coordination of regional and international standardization, editing and publishing of standards and information services. To d..

UNBS ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT FOR FY 2019/2020
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The Executive Director of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Dr. Ben Manyindo delivered UNBS’ annual Performance report for the FY 2019/2020 to the public on Monday 5th October 2020, at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala. UNBS’ core mandate is to develop, promote and enforce standards to ensure competitiveness of locally manufactured products and to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment against substandard products. Over the past one year, UNBS undertook activities in accordance with approved work programmes and budget. The activities wer..

UNBS CALLS FOR COMPLIANCE TO LABELLING STANDARDS AMONG MANUFACTURERS
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Kampala, 1st October 2020 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon all local manufacturers to comply with the labelling standards and desist from deceptive labelling of their products. This follows posts making rounds on social media alleging that pork sausages are labelled with ‘Halal’. Following inspections done by the UNBS surveillance team at the said location, the pork sausages found did not have any Halal claims. However, UNBS reiterates the call to have the labelling of all products under mandatory standards complying with the labelling..

PUBLIC NOTICE – ILLEGAL FACTORY INSPECTIONS
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It has come to our attention that individuals masquerading as UNBS staff are conducting unauthorized inspections at different business premises and are extorting money from the business community. UNBS would like to dissociate its self from such individuals and inform the public that UNBS staff are NOT SUPPOSED to demand for money to offer any service and all those doing so are MASQUERADERS and should be arrested. All payments for UNBS services except for weights and measures verifications are made to the bank and as such NO PHYSICAL EXCHANGE OF CASH should take place between any UNBS of..

UNBS CALLS FOR CONSISTENCY OF PRODUCT QUALITY AMONG FACEMASK MANUFACTURERS
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon certified facemask manufacturers, importers and distributors to ensure consistency of quality for their products. The call was made during an online stakeholder engagement with facemask manufacturers organized by UNBS, following continuous complaints received from the public regarding the quality and safety of facemasks on the market. “Once you know the certification requirements, and have been certified by UNBS, be consistent with the quality of your products. This is key for all manufacturers if you are to stay i..

UNBS rolls out simplified Standards guidelines for SMEs
13th August , 2020 : Hits 382
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has intensified standards awareness campaigns amongst Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to improve the quality of their products. With support from DFID through the Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN) project and the lead implementer British Standards Institution (BSI), UNBS simplified and translated key hygiene and labelling standards; US 28 EAS 39:2002: Code of practice for hygiene in the food and drink manufacturing industry and US EAS 38:2014: Labelling of pre-packaged foods - General requirements. These have been handed over ..

UNBS Unveils the First round of Inter-Laboratory Comparison (ILC) Program to assess competence
12th August , 2020 : Hits 322
Kampala, 12th August 2020 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is conducting the first round of the Inter-Laboratory Comparison program (ILC). Participating in the Inter-Laboratory Comparison program is of great importance to laboratories because; It shows competence of laboratories, attracting national, regional and international recognition It ensures quality control of manufactured goods along the supply chain. Reduces technical barriers to trade by building confidence and trust in the supplier’s certificates where goods have to go through destination lab test..

UNBS certifies four (4) more companies to produce Non-Medical Facemasks
6th August , 2020 : Hits 313
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has certified four (4) more companies to produce non-medical facemasks as of 6th August 2020, bringing the total number of certified non-medical facemasks manufacturers to forty-nine (49). This is in line with the UNBS mandate of consumer protection, aimed at protecting Ugandans from buying substandard non-medical facemasks which could be harmful to their health, in the wake of COVID-19. The updated list of certified companies includes; No. Holding Company Certified Products Produ..

UNBS intensifies fight against illicit alcohol
29th July , 2020 : Hits 333
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has vowed to intensify the fight against alcohol in sachets and packaging less than 200 mls. This follows a complaint from the Uganda Alcohol Industry Association about the continued sale of these alcoholic drinks much as they were banned on the market. During an alcohol manufacturers’ stakeholder engagement organized by UNBS ahead of massive enforcement, the standards body called for more collaboration from the concerned stakeholders, to rid the market of illicit alcohol. “We encourage you to give us intelligence information on ..

UNBS certifies ten (10) more companies to produce Non-Medical Facemasks
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Kampala, 20th July 2020 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has certified ten (10) more companies to produce non-medical facemasks as of 17th July 2020, bringing the total number of certified non-medical facemasks manufacturers to forty-five (45). This is in line with the UNBS mandate of consumer protection, aimed at protecting Ugandans from buying substandard non-medical facemasks which could be harmful to their health, in the wake of COVID-19. The updated list of certified companies includes; No. Holding Company Certified Pro..

UNBS certifies twelve (12) more companies to produce Non-Medical Facemasks
9th July , 2020 : Hits 347
Kampala, 8th July 2020 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has certified twelve (12) more companies to produce non-medical facemasks as of 8th July 2020, bringing the total number of certified non-medical facemasks manufacturers to thirty-five (35). This is in line with the UNBS mandate of consumer protection, aimed at protecting Ugandans from buying substandard non-medical facemasks which could be harmful to their health, in the wake of COVID-19. The updated list of certified companies includes; No. Holding Company Certified P..

​​​​​​​UNBS certifies over 90 more companies to produce sanitizers
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Kampala, 8th July 2020 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has certified 98 more companies to produce sanitizers as of 8th July 2020. This is aimed at protecting consumers from buying sanitisers that do not comply with standards and are harmful to their health, in the wake of COVID-19. The 98 companies are an addition to the 38 companies that were earlier certified, bringing the total to 136 companies producing 182 brands of sanitizers as listed below;   S/N Company Name Brands   ..

UNBS destroys substandard goods worth UGX 2.5 Billion
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Kampala, 19th June 2020 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has destroyed 232 metric tonnes of substandard goods worth UGX 2.5 billion. This is in line with UNBS mandate of enforcing standards in protection of public health and safety, and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products. A substandard product is one that does not meet the general and technical specifications required by the standards and as such, is considered to be inferior or of poor quality. The substandard goods destroyed include foodstuffs, iron sheets, cosmetics, cement, mattresse..

UNBS certifies thirteen (13) more companies to produce Non-Medical Facemasks
17th June , 2020 : Hits 299
Kampala, 16th June 2020 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has certified thirteen (13) more companies to produce non-medical facemasks as of 16th June 2020, bringing the total number of certified non-medical facemasks manufactures to twenty-three (23). This is in line with the UNBS mandate of consumer protection, aimed at protecting Ugandans from buying substandard non-medical facemasks which could be harmful to their health, in the wake of COVID-19. The updated list of certified companies includes; No. Holding Company Certifi..

UNBS cautions against Masqueraders extorting money from the public
15th June , 2020 : Hits 323
Kampala, 15th June 2020 - It has come to our attention that some individuals are masquerading as UNBS staff conducting unauthorized inspections at different business premises and extorting money from the public.  UNBS would like to disassociate its self from such individuals and inform the public that UNBS staff are NOT SUPPOSED TO request for money to offer any service and all those doing so are MASQUERADERS. All payments for UNBS services are made to the bank, and as such NO PHYSICAL EXCHANGE OF CASH should take place between any UNBS official and a client. The public is thus urge..

Shifting of testing laboratories from Nakawa to UNBS Head offices in Bweyogerere
11th June , 2020 : Hits 317
Kampala, 10th June 2020 -  The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) informs the public that effective Thursday 11th June, 2020, UNBS will not be receiving samples for testing at the Nakawa office. This is to allow for preparations to shift the UNBS testing laboratories (Chemistry, Microbiology and Electrical laboratories) from Nakawa to the UNBS head offices in Bweyogerere, starting Friday 12th June 2020. Effective Monday 22nd June 2020, UNBS shall only receive critical samples authorized in the fight against COVID-19 at the UNBS head offices in Bweyogerere. The due date fo..

UNBS certifies four (4) more companies to produce Non-Medical Facemasks
4th June , 2020 : Hits 353
Kampala, 04 June 2020 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has certified four (4) more companies to produce non-medical facemasks as of 2nd June 2020, bringing the total number of certified non-medical facemasks manufactures to ten (10). This is in line with the UNBS mandate of consumer protection, aimed at protecting Ugandans from buying substandard non-medical facemasks which could be harmful to their health, in the wake of COVID-19. The updated list of certified companies includes; No. Holding Company Certified Products ..

UNBS certifies six (6) companies to produce non-medical facemasks
29th May , 2020 : Hits 373
Kampala, 29th May 2020 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has certified six (6) companies to produce non-medical facemasks as of 29th May 2020. This is in line with the UNBS mandate of consumer protection, aimed at protecting Ugandans from buying substandard non-medical facemasks which could be harmful to their health, in the wake of COVID-19. The certified companies include; No. Holding Company Certified Products Product Brand Location 1 Lida Packaging Products L..

Mandatory facemask standards enforcement for importers
28th May , 2020 : Hits 322
Kampala, 28th May 2020 - Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) wishes to inform all importers that enforcement of the mandatory facemask and respiratory protective devices standards shall be applicable to all shipments with Bill of Lading date 8th June 2020 and thereafter.  Importers are duly advised to communicate this to their suppliers and value chain partners. With the coming into force of a directive making it mandatory for all Ugandans to wear facemasks in public, UNBS released a set of standards for the manufacture of non-medical facemasks.  (1)   &nb..

UNBS Celebrates World Metrology Day
27th May , 2020 : Hits 508
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the world to celebrate the international system of units. World Metrology Day is an annual celebration commemorating the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875. This treaty provides the basis for a worldwide coherent measurement system that underpins scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, as well as the improvement of the quality of life and the protection of the global environment. This year, the celebrations are held under the theme; Measurements for Global trade, to..

Executive Director’s Message on World Metrology Day 2020
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On 20th May every year, Uganda through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the rest of the World to commemorate the World Metrology Day. The celebrations this year were run under the theme, Measurements for global trade. The celebrations come at a time when the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, the role of metrology (a science of measurement) in facilitating essential workers that are at the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be overlooked. During this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, many measurements are done, if these are wrong..

UNBS to give out Free Non-medical Facemask Standards
15th May , 2020 : Hits 304
Kampala, 14th May 2020 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has issued new standards for Facemasks and is calling upon facemask manufacturers to seek certification of their products to ensure that they meet the National quality standards. UNBS approved three (3) facemask standards (specifications) and five (5) test methods for use, most especially now when the country is battling COVID-19. The three standards (specifications) approved include; Respiratory protective devices - filtering half masks to protect against particles - requirements, testing and marking. Medical face masks..

UNBS staff donate OVER UGX 20M to aid the fight against COVID19
6th May , 2020 : Hits 297
The staff of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) have donated twenty million eight hundred eighty two thousand shillings (Shs. 20,882,000) to the COVID19 task force initiated by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, to aid the fight against Corona Virus in the country. The donation, delivered by UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo together with UNBS staff representatives on Tuesday, was received by the National COVID-19 taskforce head, Mary Karooro Okurut, together with the chairperson of the COVID-19 fundraising drive, Eng. Emmanuel Katongole and other members of the same, at the OPM..

UNBS urges maize flour, bean producers and suppliers to embrace certification of their products
4th May , 2020 : Hits 315
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo has called upon maize and bean suppliers in the country to embrace UNBS certification to ensure quality of their output. According to Dr. Manyindo, lack of qualified and certified players in the supply chain creates a huge gap, which is a big challenge most especially now, when the country is battling the COVID19 pandemic. If we had qualified, certified suppliers, we wouldn’t be having challenges of delays. All OPM would do is to get a database of certified suppliers from UNBS and award them contracts to supply m..

Administrative directive on suspension of importation & clearance of used textile products and used footwear
21st April , 2020 : Hits 395
Kampala, 21st April 2020 - Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) informs all its stakeholders and importers of used footwear and used textiles that, as a precautionary measure, the importation of these commodities has been suspended with immediate effect until further notice. The suspension follows the declaration of the Corona Virus disease (COVID-19), a global pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO), and in line with Uganda Standards US EAS 386:2005 and US EAS 356:2004. Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has an obligation to protect public health and safety and to ensure tha..

UNBS working tirelessly to ensure quality of COVID19 relief food
19th April , 2020 : Hits 307
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) together with officials from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in charge of COVID19 relief food quality checks are working 7 days a week, to ensure that Ugandans get good quality food. UNBS came on board on Easter Sunday and since then, the quality of all COVID19 relief food that comes through the OPM stores in Kinawataka has to first be checked and cleared by UNBS before its sent to the OPM office for distribution to the public. 341.3 metric tonnes of beans and 238.5 metric tonnes of maize flour tested on 15th, 16th and 17th April 2020 passe..

UNBS certifies ten (10) more companies to produce sanitizers
17th April , 2020 : Hits 319
Kampala, 17th April 2020 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has certified ten (10) more companies to produce sanitizers as of 17th April 2020. This is aimed at protecting consumers from buying sanitisers that do not comply with standards and are harmful to their health, in the wake of COVID-19. The ten (10) companies are an addition to the 28 companies that were earlier certified, bringing the total to 38 companies producing 43 brands of sanitizers as listed below..

UNBS intensifies mandatory standards enforcement
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Kampala, 21st January 2020 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has intensified mandatory standards enforcement in bakeries. In the ongoing operations, UNBS sealed off bakery mixers of Mega Standard Supermarket (Burton Street), Capital Shoppers Supermaket (Ntinda and  Nakawa branches), Tuskys supermarket (Ntinda and Nansana branches), S&S Supermarket at Nkumba Close, Outlet bakery at Freedom City, Kaduwa supplies, Kasampa bakery at Bugwere market, Tumwebaze bakery at Indian headquarters and Golden bakery in Mbale, Sofrah bakery in Arua, Vision Bakery in Kibo..

Consumer tips for the festive season
20th December , 2019 : Hits 325
During the festive season, the public tend to get excited while shopping which results into purchasing items without taking into consideration their quality. Traders, manufacturers and importers, sale and import many products in an attempt to make extra profit during the festive season. Consumers however should take keen interest in the products sold on the market because some of them do not meet requirements of the standards and therefore not fit for purpose. As an institution responsible for developing, promoting and enforcing standards to ensure competitiveness of locally manufactured..

UNBS celebrates 30 years of service delivery
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Kampala, December 2019 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) celebrated 30 years of service delivery in style, at Hotel Africana last week on Friday. During the celebrations, the State Minister for Trade, Hon. Michael Werikhe commended UNBS for the work done over the 30 years. “Constructing permanent premises at the Bweyogerere Industrial Park, constructing food safety laboratories and automating core services to simplify and facilitate the public’s access to the services in any part of the country are some of the commendable works done by UNBS.” He said. He ..

UNBS opens state of the art food safety laboratories
18th December , 2019 : Hits 383
Kampala, December, 2019 - Uganda National Bureau of Standards has opened state of art food safety laboratories, which will enhance safety and quality of food through testing of foods/food products for adulterants/contaminants and for assessment of product quality and nutritive value. Speaking at the function of opening of laboratories, the State Minister for Trade, Hon Michael Werikhe said, “Government has prioritized the construction of laboratories which will go a long way in improving the entire food control system in Uganda” “The impact of unsafe products and s..

UNBS launches an online verification Platform of weighing Equipment ‘Minzani’
28th November , 2019 : Hits 378
Kampala; November 2019 - Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has digitalised the verification and calibration of weighing equipment to increase efficiency and reduce turnaround time. The eMinzani system is an online platform of verifying all measuring and weighing equipment and will enable UNBS technicians or inspectors extend services to all stakeholders across the country at the same rate. An electronic payment avenue has been created within the system, which will make payment for UNBS services easier, and will in turn reduce the cost of doing business. While launching the E-Min..

UNBS revises procedures to ensure faster clearance of imported goods
27th November , 2019 : Hits 405
Kampala, 27th November 2019 – Importers whose goods have been inspected in the country of origin are now assured of faster clearance, following the revision of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Imports Clearance Procedures. Under the new procedures all goods with valid Certificates of Conformity (CoCs) for general goods and Certificate of Road Worthiness (CRW) for motor vehicles will be cleared automatically without subjecting them to further assessment from UNBS Inspectors. While launching the New Clearance Procedures, UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo, said, ..

Public warning against suspended Peanut Butter Products from Kenya
7th November , 2019 : Hits 363
Kampala, 7th November 2019. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has suspended the importation, sale and distribution of the following peanut butter products from Kenya. Laboratory Tests carried out by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) confirmed high levels of aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxin is a poisonous cancer-causing compound. The peanut butter products are: Brand Name                                  &n..

UNBS puts supermarkets on notice to stop selling uncertified products
1st November , 2019 : Hits 363
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has reiterated its call to supermarkets to stop selling uncertified products. The “Use of UNBS Distinctive Mark, 2018” requires that all products covered by compulsory standards must be certified and issued with UNBS Distinctive Mark before they are allowed on the Market. Speaking at a stakeholder engagement meeting with owners of supermarkets on 30th October, the UNBS Deputy Executive Director in Charge of Compliance, Mr. John Paul Musimami, said: “It’s an offence to sell products that do not bear the ..

Honey Standard to improve trade and production of quality products
31st October , 2019 : Hits 508
Trade and production of quality honey is set to improve following the revision and development of the draft Standard for Table honey (DEAS 36-1: 2019) Honey — Specification — Part 1. The East Africa Standards Committee on Apiary and apiary product (EASC/TC 011) developed and revised the Draft East African standards in line with EAC principles and procedures of harmonization of standards. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is calling upon the public to comment on the suitability of the standard. The public is called upon to comment on the draft standard s..

EAC Experts develop baking powder standards
31st October , 2019 : Hits 382
In line with the East African Community (EAC) principles and procedures for harmonization of standards, the East Africa Standards Committee on Food additives (EASC/TC 005) has developed the Draft East African Standard (DEAS 993: 2019) for Baking powder. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is calling upon the public to comment on the suitability of the draft standard starting 24th October to 23rd  December 2019. The request letter available on the UNBS website (https://unbs.go.ug/alerts.php?src=dsp) guides the public on how and where..