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UNBS measures to ensure quality of sugar on market
2nd July , 2018 : Hits 257
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
7th June , 2018 : Hits 247
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
7th June , 2018 : Hits 454
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
1st June , 2018 : Hits 376
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..

11th May , 2018 : Hits 208
Kampala, May 14th, 2018- Uganda National Bureau of Standards will join the rest of the world in commemorating World Metrology Day on May 20th 2018. The theme for this year is Constant Evolution of the International System of Units (SI) [the SI provides definitions of units of measurement that are widely accepted in science and technology and which set measurement standards agreed to through the Metre Convention, a diplomatic treaty between signatory nations]. This theme was chosen because in November 2018, the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) is expected to agree on one of the..

Harmonization of East African Standards has increased intra-regional trade
30th April , 2018 : Hits 370
The 21st meeting of the East African standards Committee (EASC) held from 26th to 27th April 2018 in Arusha Tanzania, approved 44 harmonized standards that had been finalized covering the areas of: oil seeds, fats and oils (7); packaging (8); drinking water (3); textiles and textile products (12); alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (9); Liquefied petroleum and natural gas equipment (5). The committee further noted that 40 draft standards were in final stages of approval and had been circulated for public review and notified to World Trade Organization (WTO) and are due for approval at the next..

Experts meet for regional training on testing for Agrochemicals in food
16th April , 2018 : Hits 275
Kampala, 16th April 2018 - Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is hosting participants from 26 African countries for a four-day Regional Training on Analytical Methods for Veterinary Drugs and Pesticides in Animal Products. The training is sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in collaboration with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF).   While speaking at the opening session of the training, UNBS Acting Executive Director, Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru said: “The purp..

UNBS gazettes 76 Compulsory Standards for consumer protection
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Kampala, 12th April 2018 – In an effort to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards has gazetted 76 new compulsory standards, according to the latest issue of the Uganda Standards Gazette. The compulsory standards are part of the 254 standards approved by the National Standards Council (NSC), the governing body of UNBS, and recommended to the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC), Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, for gazetting as compulsory standards in accordance with the UNBS Act. The UNBS Deputy Executive Directo..

20th March , 2018 : Hits 408
                  Enforcement of standards in the protection of Intellectual Property Rights March 20th, 2018, Kampala Uganda - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards and The Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on promotion and enforcement of standards, and protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights on 20th march 2018 at URSB head offices. The signing of this MoU indicates commitment by the two institutions to work together on area..

Public warning against imported South African meat products
9th March , 2018 : Hits 431
Kampala, 8th March 2018. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) would like to notify the public on importation, sale and consumption of South African processed meat products after a Listeriosis (listeria) outbreak linked to pre-packaged and ready-to-eat meat products. This outbreak has so far killed 180 people in South Africa. Some of the suspected pre-packaged products from South Africa include, ready-to-eat deli meats (polony, ham, salami, etc.), hot dogs, refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads, sausages, etc. In order to ensure the health and safety of the public, UNB..