Standards define best practice in many different areas.
The International Standards Organisation (ISO) Guide 2, defines a standard as a document established by consensus and approved by a recognised body that provides for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context
The purpose of a standard to create order or a common understanding of a process, a service or a product.
Standards are developed at different levels ranging from individual, to national and international levels.
In Uganda, UNBS develops national standards that provide requirements for materials, manufacturing, testing, packaging and labelling to ensure that products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.
Standards are developed by bringing together all interested parties such as manufacturers, consumers and regulators of a particular product. The parties agree on the standard based on consensus which is built on science, technology, and best practices including regulatory and society needs.
Benefits of using standards
To date UNBS has published more than 4,700 Uganda Standards. We also have a stock of other regional and international standards.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Othieno Andrew
Manager, Standards Department