EAC Approved Standards
The 17th East African Standards Committee (EASC) meeting was held in Arusha, Tanzania from 25th to 26th July 2013 in accordance with the East African Community (EAC) calendar. The meeting was preceeded by the meetings of the Technical Sub-Committees on Standards Harmonization, Metrology, Testing and Quality Assurance. The first inaugural meeting of the EAC Codex Forum was also held during the same period.
CLARIFICATION ON IMPLEMENTATION OF PRE-EXPORT VERIFICATION OF CONFORMITY TO STANDARDS (PVOC) BY UNBS
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) is mandated to among others promote industrial development in the country by responding to investors demands for protection against unfair competition from substandard and counterfeit products, and to protect consumer health and safety.
MTIC supervises several Statutory Institutions that implement some of the functions under its mandate. These include among others, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS). UNBS under the mandate of the UNBS Act CAP 327 is empowered to “enforce standards in the protection of the public against harmful ingredients, dangerous components, shoddy materials and poor performance”
Following a number of complaints and petitions to H.E. the President, the MTIC, the media, consumer organizations and the general public including local manufactures about the proliferation of substandard and counterfeit products on the Ugandan market, and mindful of the fact that such goods not only endanger public health and safety but also adversely affect our economy, the MTIC through UNBS embarked on the introduction of the PVOC program for General Goods and Used Motor Vehicles.
PVOC is an inspection and verification procedure applied to a specific category of goods i.e. those that affect public health, safety and the environment to ensure their compliance with the applicable Standards or approved equivalents before importation into another country. The reason is to prevent substandard, or shoddy goods from entry into the country. This scheme was approved by Cabinet in 2008 and UNBS was consequently mandated to implement it with effect from 1ST June 2013.
At the meeting under the chairmanship of the Hon Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives attended by KACITA, UMA, PSFU, UCIFA, UNBS and PVOC Service Providers (SGS, Intertek, Bureau Veritas, JEVIC, East African Automobile, and Jabal Kilimanjaro) it was agreed as follows;
i. Food and food products
ii. Electrical and electronics including solar equipment
iii. Automotive products and inputs
iv. Chemical products including cosmetics
v. Mechanical materials and gas appliances
vii. Mosquito nets
The Ministry urged the general public especially importers to take note of this communication and fully comply with the requirements of the scheme.
For more information about PVOC visit the Uganda National Bureau of Standards website on www.unbs.go.ug or call the Toll free line 0800133133 or visit our Kamwokya Offices on Kanjokya Street, plot 90, or call Tel: 0414534357.
UNBS would like to inform you that a programme to have goods inspected in the country of origin has been put in place by the Government of Uganda. This programme is known as the Pre-Export of Verification of Conformity (PVoC) which is scheduled to resume on the 1st June 2013.
The date for consideration of compliance to PVoC will be determined by the date indicated on the respective Bill of Lading documents