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Uganda champions standardisation of biomedical imaging equipment
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Kampala, 19th Kampala, 2018 – Uganda has emerged as a pioneer in Africa to champion standardisation of the latest technology used in biomedical imaging for diagnosis and subsequent treatment of various medical conditions. Uganda, through its standards agency – the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), is the only country in Africa that is part of 10 countries participating in the developing of ISO standards for equipment that use microbeams and x-rays to carry out diagnosis of various medical conditions. At the national level, the UNBS Technical Committee on Metrology (UNB..

UNBS lists high risk products in its July compliance report
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Kampala, 31st August 2018 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) conducts regular market surveillance inspections to determine the level of compliance to Uganda Standards to protect consumers and the environment from dangerous substandard products. In the month July 2018, the market surveillance inspectors picked 249 samples which were submitted to UNBS laboratories for further analysis. Among the tested samples, cosmetics registered the highest failure rate of 100%. The cosmetics which failed contained hydroquinone, a banned substance used in skin lightening creams. Vari..

UNBS destroys substandard goods worth Shs3.5 billion
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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
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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
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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
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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..

UNBS CELEBRATES WORLD METROLOGY DAY
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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
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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
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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..

UNBS SIGNS AN MoU WITH URSB
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                  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
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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..

UNBS seizes tonnes of Sure Deal cosmetics worth Shs300 million
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The seized products would have had adverse health effects on more than 10,000 households as result of using poor quality products    The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), on Friday 2nd February 2018, seized 1.7 tonnes of assorted cosmetics worth Shs300 million belonging to Sure Deal Beauty Centre Limited. The company was found to be illegally using the UNBS Quality Mark and selling banned products in contravention of the UNBS Act and the Uganda Standards on specifications for Petroleum Jelly (US191) and general requirements for labelling cosmetics (US 346). Some of..

UNBS and ERA joint Statement on accuracy of Electricity Meters
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Our attention is drawn to information circulating on social media referring to fake electricity meters. The electricity meters in question were verified in line with The Weights and Measures (Electricity Meters) Rules, 2015 as part of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) routine activities.  It was established that 6,000 out of the 6,500 new meters tested between July and December, 2017 were faulty and needed corrective actions as directed by UNBS following the verification exercise.   The Meters that fail the tests are not allowed for installation on the network unti..

UNBS stops importation of 16 million products
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Kampala, 24th January 2018. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) stopped 16 million substandard products from being imported into the country as a measure to protect the health and safety of consumers. Between July and December 2017, under the Pre-export verification of conformity (PVoC), UNBS inspected 4.6 billion products of which 16 million products failed. In addition, UNBS seized about 232 metric tonnes of substandard goods worth Shs1.7 billion from the local market. The goods seized included steel bars, iron sheets, assorted food stuffs, energy savers, extension cables, c..

Public warning against Lacatalis infant milk products
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Kampala, 15th January 2018. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) would like to notify the public that Lactalis Group, a French firm dealing in processing of dairy products, has notified its customers about a recall of its products believed to be contaminated with Salmonela, an organism which can cause fatal infections. The brands mostly affected include Picot, Milumel, and Celi powered infant milk. The UNBS is carrying out market surveillance inspections to ensure that affected products are removed from the market and carry out further laboratory tests to establish whether the ..

2017 Xmas and New Year Message to UNBS Stakeholders and Partners
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Warm and heartfelt greetings from the UNBS family of quality and standards. We are happy and excited whenever we buy or receive a quality product or service in the right quantity and in time. Behind that product or service, there is a team of men and women who have made quality and standards their commitment in branding their business. We congratulate the proprietors of such business in Uganda. Without standards the world would be a sea of confusion and difficult to live in. Can you imagine the accidents and confusion with some traffic keeping left and others on the right?  Have you..

UNBS declares 254 new standards 
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Kampala, 13th December 2017 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has approved and declared a total of 254 standards as national standards, and 76 standards have been recommended to the minister of trade to declare them compulsory standards because they are of safety concerns for the consumers and the environment. Speaking at the press briefing, the Executive Director Dr Ben Manyindo said, “A number of standards being approved are important for BUBU and support top government priorities such as Oil and Gas as well as in the area of Construction procurement, Agro input..

UNBS recognizes companies for quality products and services
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Kampala, 30th November 2017 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has recognised companies for outstanding contribution in ensuring quality products and services on the Ugandan market. The companies were recognised at the UNBS Annual Quality Gala held at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala under the theme: Promoting Ugandan Made Products. The Quality Awards come at a time when Uganda is promoting locally manufactured products under the Buy Uganda, Build Uganda Policy. Under the policy, the UNBS is supporting Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) to ensure that th..

UNBS Quality Awards encourage businesses to improve standards
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Kampala, November 2nd 2017- In an effort to promote quality and encourage local businesses to produce products according to set standards, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has announced the 2017 Quality Awards. The awards to be held on 30th November 2017 will recognise local companies whose products have consistently met standards both at national and international level. Speaking at the press conference to announce the Awards, the UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo, said: “The Quality Awards will recognise local businesses that have demonstrated compliance to ..

UNBS calls for adoption of international standards on smart cities
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Kampala, 27th October 2017 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon urban authorities to adopt international standards on smart cities to provide quality life to their citizens. Speaking at the World Standards Day Celebrations held at Kampala City Authority (KCCA) Mayor’s Grounds, the UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo said: “Urban authorities should strive for sufficient fresh water, universal access to cleaner energy, the ability to travel efficiently, a sense of safety and security to provide a decent quality of life to their citizens&rdqu..

Standards make cities smarter
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14 October 2017 - Today, as World Standards Day is being celebrated, tribute is payed to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts world wide who develop voluntary technical agreements published as international standards. The focus this year is  sufficient fresh water, access to cleaner energy, the ability to travel efficiently from one point to another and a sense of safety and security. Modern cities are expected to provide these kind of promises in order to stay competitive and provide a decent quality of life to citizens...

Resolutions of the Codex Committee meeting on fresh fruits and vegetables
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Kampala, 6th, October 2017 – The Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) hosted by the Government of Uganda together with the Government of Mexico attracted over 120 delegates from 43 countries. The meeting made progress in advancing standards for aubergines, kiwi fruits, and ware potatoes. The standards for fresh dates and garlic were differed for further review and discussions at the next Codex Committee meeting in Mexico. The meeting also proposed development of new international standards for yams, onions and shallots and berry fruits. The Executive Director, Uga..

Experts meet in Kampala to discuss standards for fresh fruits and vegetables
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Kampala, 2nd October 2017 – Experts in food and agriculture sector are meeting in Kampala for a week to discuss standards for fresh fruits and vegetables including garlic, potatoes and eggplants, kiwi fruits and fresh dates.     The Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) which is hosted by the Government of Uganda together with the Government of Mexico has attracted over 200 delegates from 50 countries. Speaking at the opening session of the meeting, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC), Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, said: “Alth..

NOTICE TO MANUFACTURERS, IMPORTERS, DISTRIBUTORS, CURRY POWDER RETAIL SHOPS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON USE AND SALE OF CURRY POWDER;
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BE AWARE OF CURRY POWDER ON MARKET NOT MEETING UGANDA STANDARDS; Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) a statutory body charged with responsibility of formulation and promotion of the use of standards; enforcing standards in protection of the public health and safety and the environment against dangerous and substandard products. UNBS together with the Uganda Curry powder Packers and Spice Producers’ Association (UCPSPA) an umbrella for all manufacturers of curry powder in Uganda notifies the general public about fake Curry Power sold on the market that does not to conform to Nat..

UNBS signs MoU with butchers to Improve quality of meat products
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Kampala, 12th September, 2017 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kampala Butchers and Traders Association (KABUTA) to improve quality of meat products and ensure compliance to the food safety standards. The signing took place at UNBS Head Office between the UNBS Executive Director, Dr. Ben Manyindo and the KABUTA Chairman, Al Hajji Musa Ssenabulya. Dr. Manyindo said, “The MoU is good opportunity for UNBS to work with established industry association to coordinate the development of standards and codes of practice rel..

CODEX Meeting to discuss standards for fresh fruits and vegetables
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Kampala, August 29th, 2017 – Delegates from 187 countries are expected to meet in Kampala, from 2nd to 6th October, 2017 at Imperial Royale Hotel, to discuss standards for fresh fruits and vegetables including garlic, potatoes and eggplants, kiwi fruits and fresh dates. Over 200 delegates are expected to participate in the 20th Session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) which will be hosted by the Government of Uganda together with the Government of Mexico. As the custodian of national standards, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is coordinating..

UNBS confiscates confectioneries with altered expiry dates
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Kampala, August 24th, 2017 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has confiscated 369 cartons of suspected expired confectioneries with altered expiry dates. The confectioneries worth Shs70 million were seized from a warehouse belonging to Luck Star Business Link in Ntinda Industrial area and the premises were sealed off, pending further investigations. The UNBS Deputy Executive Director in Charge of Compliance, Mr. John Paul Musimami said, “UNBS market surveillance team seized the suspected expired confectioneries in line with our mandate to protect the public from..

UNBS develops Standards for Motor Vehicle Inspection
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Kampala, 3rd, August, 2017 – In an effort to promote standards and good practices in inspection of second hand motor vehicles for road worthiness, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has reviewed and updated a standard on motor vehicle inspection. The Standard was developed by the technical committee on Transport and Communications (UNBS/TC 8) and it specifies safety related performance characteristics of used motor vehicles and their inspection and testing for roadworthiness. The Standard (US845) is available on the UNBS website for public review and comments until 5th,..

UNBS destroys Sub-standard goods worth Shs 900 Million
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Kampala, July 25th, 2017 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has intensified the fight against substandard products with destruction of goods worth Shs900 million at Luweero Industries in Nakasongola. The destruction of goods follows country wide seizures carried out by the UNBS Market Surveillance team and the Criminal Investigations Department of the Uganda Police Force. The destroyed goods were mainly substandard products which included food stuffs, baby powdered milk, cement, sanitary towels, cosmetics, electronics, steel and steel products, among others. Accord..

APPEAL TO ALL IMPORTERS TO EMBRACE PRE-EXPORT VERIFICATION OF CONFORMITY (PVoC)
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It has come to the attention of UNBS management that some importers are not adhering to the Pre Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) Standards Program. The PVoC Program requires that all imported products are inspected against to set Uganda Standards in the country of export before being shipped to Uganda WHETHER FOR SALE, PRIVATE/PERSONAL USE OR DONATIONS. The inspection covers all categories of goods as provided for in the UNBS Import Inspection and Clearance Regulations 2015. Failure to undertake PVOC attracts a 15% CIF penalty in addition to undertaking payment for laboratory fees a..

UNBS outlines achievements for financial year 2016/17
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On June 21st, 2017, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) held a media briefing to highlight achivements for the Financial Year 2016/2017. Below is a summary of the report presented at the media briefing. The media briefing was attended by leading media houses and UNBS staff including Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, Deputy Executive Director, Management, Mr. John Paul Musimami, Deputy Executive Director, Compliance, and Heads of Departments.    Compliance Directorate The report highlights the performance of the Compliance Directorate for the financial year ..

UNBS Destroys Substandard Products
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UNBS Destroys Substandard Products; Wednesday 14th June 2017; Uganda National Bureau of Standards has destroyed substandard goods worth fifty million shillings that were seized from Mbale. About 90% of the goods were electrical products including extension cables, solar panels, primary batteries, percolators, sockets, compact fluorescent lamps, tiles, blenders etc. Others were cement and motorcycle helmets Innocent Namara senior inspector said the goods were intercepted at border points. She warned traders against importing items which do not meet requirements of the standards. She fu..

Judiciary Launches Utilities,Standards and Wildlife Court.
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Friday, 26th May 2017. The Judiciary of Uganda officially launched the Utilities,Standard and Wildlife Court at the High Court Gardens. This specialized court will penalize manufacturers whose goods and products do not conform to the specified Uganda Standards.The court will also prosecute culprits involved in stealing of utilities like power, water,vandalism and killing of wildlife among others. The court will be housed at Buganda Road Court premises and will roll out to other parts of the country. The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe presided over the launch of this court and noted in h..

PRESS STATEMENT
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Uganda to host International Conference on Standards for fresh fruits and Vegetables on  2nd  -  6th  October 2017 Follow the link below for the full details   Press statement details..

List of Successful Applicants for Internship Released.
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has shortlisted University students that will do their Internship Programme with the Organisation for the period 1st June- 11th August 2017. Follow link below for the full list of the successful applicants. https://www.unbs.go.ug//attachments/alerts/7/INTERN%20LIST%202017.pdf..

Final Draft East African Harmonized Standards approved for declaration as East African standards (EAS)
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Press Statement : Arusha, 27 April 2017,  104 Final Draft East African Harmonized Standards approved for declaration as East African standards (EAS) by the Council of Ministers in order to facilitate intra-regional trade. The East African Standards Committee (EASC) - a statutory committee established by the SQMT Act to coordinate the development and implementation of the standardization activities in the region held its meeting in Arusha from 20-24th April 2017. The Ugandan delegation comprised of officials from Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), the Dairy Development Authori..

UNBS SIGNS MOU WITH SOUTH SUDAN NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS( SSNBS)
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May 11th, 2017, Kampala Uganda. Uganda National Bureau of Standards(UNBS) and South Sudan National Bureau of Standards (SSNBS) entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on standardization and conformity assessment on 10th May 2017 at the UNBS headquarters, Bweyogerere. The MoU was signed by Dr. Ben Manyindo, Executive Director Uganda National Bureau of Standards and, Dr. Mary Gordon Muortat, Executive Director South Sudan National Bureau of Standards who represented their countries respectively. The signing of this MoU signals a commitment by the two standards bodies to work ..

UNBS seizes used undergarments.
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April 24, 2017, Kampala Uganda. UNBS has an obligation to protect public’s health and safety to ensure that consumers get quality products that match the value for their money. This is achieved through formulation and implementation of Standards for both locally manufactured and imported products for the Ugandan market. On 19th April 2017, the UNBS Market Surveillance team together with the Police CID staff seized two bales of used undergarments including ladies’ panties and brassieres sold by Good Wish Industries Ltd along Kafumbe Mukasa Road, Kisenyi Parish, Kampala Central Di..

Press Statement :  UNBS seizes sub-standard Agricultural Inputs.
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April 11th, 2017, Kampala Uganda. UNBS has an obligation to protect the health and safety of the public against harmful imported and locally made products. This is achieved through formulation, implementation and enforcement of Standards. On the 15th November 2016, UNBS undertook an inspection at Panyahululu CO.LTD during which samples of hoes (B. Cock brand), Machetes (jewel brand) and shovels were obtained for laboratory analysis to determine compliance to the relevant standards. Upon receipt of the laboratory test results, it was established that the samples of items did not meet the ..

MINISTRY OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND COOPERATIVES (MTIC) AND UNBS SENSITIZE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN NTUNGAMO DISTRICT.
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April 7, 2017, Kampala Uganda. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) in collaboration with UNBS organized a half day sensitization workshop for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSEMs) on Quality and Standards in the Western district of Ntungamo at the Ankole Resort and Spa on Friday April 7th 2017. This workshop brought together the business community mainly MSMEs, wholesale and retail business owners in Ntungamo and neighboring districts. These were sensitized on the UNBS Certification process and benefits, and the necessity of adhering to the required standards an..

The Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring Program 2017
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The Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring Program (FMP) implemented under a cooperative arrangement between UNBS and Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) is a government program designed to control and monitor the quality of petroleum products in the entire supply chain in Uganda. This year, the FMP sensitization drive was held in Mbarara Town from 13th March to 17th March 2017. The one week long activity was officially opened by the Assistant Commissioner- Petroleum Supply Department (MEMD), Mr. John Friday with a half day workshop  that was held at Lake View Resort Hotel. ..

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives launches Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) Policy
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On Thursday 2nd March 2017, The Prime Minister and the Minister of Trade, Industry & Cooperatives launched the BUBU policy and strategy. The objectives of the policy include; To promote the consumption of local goods and services.  To promote the use of and conformity to standards to guarantee quality goods and services.  To provide capacity building programs to local suppliers of goods and services. Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is central to these objectives, and as such our programs and resources will be aligned to support this government policy. ..

FAKE SOLAR BATTERIES FLOOD MARKET
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Reference is made to the article published in The New Vision of Thursday 9th March, 2017, titled “Fake solar batteries flood market”. The writer infers that fake and potentially explosive solar batteries have flooded the Ugandan market. UNBS would like to bring to the attention of the writer and the general public that indeed UNBS received a complaint on solar batteries imported by ADH Group Uganda. Samples were picked from ADH shops and submitted to UNBS laboratories for analysis. However, the batteries picked from the stores were all below 30 Amps of which the agency does not ..

STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT ON PNEUMATIC TYRES
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February 10, 2017, Kampala Uganda. UNBS has an obligation to protect public health and safety to ensure that consumers get quality products that match the value for their money. This is achieved through formulation and implementation of Standards for both locally manufactured and imported products for the Ugandan market. In the wake of the ever increasing public outcry regarding the quality of tyres on Ugandan market, UNBS has formulated standards for pneumatic tyres and are readily available for implementation by various stakeholders. Stakeholders were invited to a meeting on Friday 10t..

IAEA Interregional Food Safety Training.
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From the 6th-17th Feb 2017, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) hosted delegates from 11 countries for the first ever interregional Food Safety Training workshop. The technical meeting on improving food safety through the creation of an inter-regional network that produces reliable scientific data was supported by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).It is a 4 year program aimed at generating reliable data that will eventually be used in developing International Food Standards. The opening meeting of the training was graced by the State Minister for Trade Hon. Michael Werikhe. He n..

UNBS SEIZES DANGEROUS COSMETICS
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is mandated to enforce standards in the protection of the public against harmful ingredients, dangerous components. Pursuant of its mandate, UNBS, on 21st December 2016 seized nine (9) metric tons of cosmetics worth USD 11,325.680 containing hydroquinone, a prohibited ingredient contrary to the requirements of Cosmetics and cosmetic products US: EAS 377:1. The consignment imported by NABCO REMA (U) LTD from Ivory Coast contained the following items; Cream Carotone Cream Maxi Light Body and, Cream Skin Light Body Laboratory analysi..

PRESS STATEMENT R: NEW VISION STORY OF 21.12.2016 titled CANCER-CAUSING LEAD FOUND IN WATER
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Reference is made to the New Vision article on the aforementioned subject matter, in particular, the commentary that bottled water was found to have a lesser concentration of lead (heavy metal) compared to other sources. UNBS wishes to clarify as follows; The bottled water that is certified by UNBS is safe for consumption The article raises a false alarm on bottled water on the Ugandan market. The standard for water provides for maximum permissible lead levels in water of 0.10mg/litre Bottled water that has been certified by UNBS has lead levels of less than 0.01 mg/l far below the..

PRESS RELEASE : UNBS STARTS VERIFICATION OF ELECTRICITY METERS
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As stipulated in its mandate, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has embarked on verification of electricity meters in a bid to ensure consumer protection and fair trade. This is the latest intervention in the area of measurements that came as a result of the frequent complaints by the consumers of electricity meters in regard to billing. UNBS convened a number of meetings with the stakeholders in the drafting of the enabling regulation until 2015 when it was enacted. The applicable regulation is the Statutory Instruments 2015 No.69 Weights and Measures (Electricity meters) R..

MARKET SURVEILLANCE REPORT 2016
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Introduction : Surveillance is an activity under Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) focusing on eliminating substandard products from the market and ensuring that product traded on Ugandan Market meet requirements of relevant compulsory standards. To achieve this and appreciating that there are limited resources, a segmentation approach was adopted starting in July 2016. This was intended to identify sectors and cause an impact on the market sector by sector. This has helped to avoid spreading resources wide and focus on a specific sector to achieve tangible results. Indeed this has..

UNBS authorises 5 Laboratories to Increase Testing Capacity
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After a series of assessment, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has recognised 5 laboratories to provide product testing services aimed at easing doing business in Uganda. This implies that the laboratories are competent to test and issue results that may be used by UNBS in product certification and its other regulatory activities in a bid to reduce the workload in the institution’s laboratories and consequently making trade faster and smoother. The move is in line with the UNBS Laboratory Recognition Scheme established to ensure that laboratories outside UNBS scope or..

Response to Red Pepper Newspaper article
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Reference made to the Red Pepper Newspaper article dated 30th November 2016 titled, “UNBS Probed in Fake Water Saga” UNBS wishes to inform the public as follows; Following complaints from Members of Parliament (MPs) sitting on the Equal Opportunities committee about the quality of Blue Wave bottled mineral water, UNBS suspended production of Blue Wave water to verify the complaint raised. The investigations covers drawing samples from the market and the factory to test for the quality of the water, establishing the root cause of the problem and receiving an undertaking by ..

PRESS RELEASE :  UNBS, Police Arrest Man over Impersonation
29th November , 2016 : Hits 491
In Pursuant of its mandate, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) in collaboration with Police have arrested a man for posing as a UNBS surveillance officer with the intention of extorting money from Bojje Bushera Factory found in Seeta Bajo. According to the Assistant Superintendent of Police of Seeta Police station Kananura Joshua, Nickson Ceaser Wanderah claimed to be working with UNBS as a surveillance officer who approached the factory and requested for 8 million shillings or elsewhere would recommend for suspension of production of the factory once their products are found no..

PRESS RELEASE: UNBS HOSTS THE UGANDA FOOD SAFETY CONFERENCE 2016
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Food is essential to life. Humans have evolved to search, produce and handle food in various ways to ensure there is food for life. The food, however, is bound to be contaminated by the environment of origin or the production and handling practices. Standards provide a viable tool for control of food safety threats and also facilitate trade in food.  The adoption and use of international standards give equal opportunity for all countries to trade. As agro-food supply chains continue to extend beyond national boundaries, increasing attention must be given to the impact of food safety st..

​​​​​​​UNBS starts Consultative Meetings in preparation of Enforcement of Compulsory Standards Regulations
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PRESS RELEASE:   The Uganda National Bureau of Standards has today held a consultative meeting to collect views from stakeholder in preparation to enforce the compulsory standards regulations that require all goods covered by compulsory standards to be certified and bear the UNBS Quality-Mark (Q-Mark) before they are allowed on the market. The meeting follows the declaration of the Q-Mark as a Distinctive Mark by the National Standards Council (NSC) early this year. This means that it will now be compulsory to affix the Q-Mark on all products with mandatory standards before being..

SUSPENSION OF MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION OF RIBBED BARS BY GREAT STEEL LIMITED
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Background : UNBS conducted surveillance inspections on 25th July and 1st August 2016 in Matuga, Wakiso District and found out that hardware shops in the area were selling substandard ribbed bars manufactured and distributed by Great Steel Ltd. Further inspections were conducted on 30th August in Masaka and 9th September 2016 in Kasangati. The findings in all inspections indicated that Great Steel Limited was manufacturing and distributing unmarked and underweight ribbed bars on the market contrary to the requirements of US EAS 412-2:2013. These non-conformances among others raise concer..

SUSPENSION OF PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF SUBSTANDARD “YOHANDA” JUICE BRAND
29th August , 2016 : Hits 638
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) warns the general public that substandard juice is circulating on the marketunder brand “Yohanda”. The juice is a flavored non-carbonated soft drink manufactured by East African Yohanda Company limited located in Kyebando, a Kampala suburb. The juice was found not meeting requirements of Uganda Standard, US 47:2011 and is not suitable for human consumption. The juice is packed in 260ml plastic cups and it includes mango, orange and pineapple flavors. The juice has been observed to change color while in storage and on shelves even before..

Certification Analysis for MOGAS Petrol Station
16th August , 2016 : Hits 397
Background On 12th August 2016, UNBS received a complaint on fuel adulteration allegedly from MOGAS Kitumba station in Fort Portal.   On receiving the alert, UNBS team swung into action for verification. The verification entailed picking samples from the station for testing for quality. Therefore, the Certificate Of Analysis report No. PA/2016/0500 of the fuel obtained from MOGAS Kitumba Fort Portal showed that the products tested were found to be free sediments and water, the distillation volume recovery at 365 (deg.C) results not attained, specification minimum 90. Expl..

UNBS gets Machine for Testing Steel Construction Materials
5th August , 2016 : Hits 203
Press Release : 4th August 2016,  The quality of construction materials made from steel is set to increase after Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) acquired the Universal Testing Machine (UTM) to test for their quality. The UTM is used to check for the tensile strength of construction steel products such as steel bars, angle bars, and even iron sheets.  The machine checks whether the steel bars are strong enough to support a building and also strong and flexible enough when bent during construction.   While the machine is primarily meant for testing steel prod..

Prohibited Cosmetics, Substandard Iron Sheets Seized
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As stipulated in the mandate, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has seized substandard cosmetic products and iron sheets from the market. With reference to the cosmetic products, UNBS impounded over 80 cartons of cosmetic products containing prohibited substances. In February 2016, UNBS issued a public notice prohibiting the importation, distribution, and trade of cosmetic products containing mercury and hydroquinone substance contrary to the Uganda Standards in the protection of public health. Cosmetic products with Mercury and Hydroquinone are cancerous, they weaken int..

UNBS in partnership to improve export standards
29th July , 2016 : Hits 199
The Uganda Free Zones Authority (UFZA) and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) through which they will increase Uganda’s exports through improved standards. Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony at the UFZA’s offices at Communications House in Kampala yesterday, Richard Jabo, the UFZA executive director, noted that one of the key issues that has to be addressed if the country is to expand its manufacturing sector and increase its export bill is the improvement of standards. He explained that Uganda’s products are facing..

Press Statement : UNBS dismisses Observer Newspaper Article
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Response to Observer Newspaper article  Our attention has been drawn to an article published in the Observer Newspaper dated 13th July2016 under the title, “UNBS Cars Damaged by Fake Fuel” The story has generated commentary from the public published in the same Newspaper under the following titles, “Bureau of standards must do more to protect Ugandans against fake products” & “If UNBS can buy dirty fuel, who is safe then?” This follows a so called “leaked memo” which UNBS does not subscribe to and the information publi..

UNBS Launches Sesame Standards
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) with support from TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) and the Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations Institute- Uganda (SEATINI) has developed the Uganda Sesame Standard, US 1628:2016 – Specification. The Standard specifies the requirements, sampling and testing methods for human consumption. It also provides the guideline on packaging, labeling, and certification of the Sesame. The standard was approved by the National Standards Council on 28th June 2016. Why Develop a Sesame Standard Sesame commonly known as Sim..

Standards Agency Develops Standards for Tyres
15th July , 2016 : Hits 140
As stipulated in the mandate, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has formulated standards for tyres. UNBS is mandated to formulate and enforce standards to promote trade and ultimately strengthen the economy.  The standards Some of the standards formulated include; US EAS 357 Pneumatic tyres for truck and buses – Specification, US EAS 358 Pneumatic tyres for passenger car – Specifications, US EAS 359 Pneumatic tyres for light trucks – Specifications,  US EAS 360 Pneumatic tyres for agricultural implements – Specifications among others. ..

UNBS lists Common Substandard Electrical and Electronic products
5th July , 2016 : Hits 78
The Uganda National Bureau of Standard (UNBS) has listed substandard electrical and electronic products common on the market. The standards agency revealed at a stakeholder engagement with traders of electrical and electronic products held at UMA Conference Hall on 29th June 2016. Speaking to traders, the UNBS Executive Director Dr. Ben Manyindo said the products listed pose a danger to people’s lives because they lack quality and safety requirements. “Many of the products listed are used in our daily lives hence need urgent consideration in our enforcement which is planne..

UNBS celebrates World Metrology Day
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UNBS celebrates World Metrology Day The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) last week on 20th May, 2016, joined the rest of the world to mark The World Metrology Day. World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signatures of the Metre Convention on 20th May 1875 by representatives of seventeen nations. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurements in its industrial, commercial and societal applications. The original aim of the Meter Convention remains as important today to UNBS and the international community The day was marked..

SMEs certified to access regional markets
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Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will now be able to access regional markets to compete competitively after attaining the standardisation and quality certification mark.  Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde, revealed that more than 60 enterprises had successfully attained certification which would enable them access the regional markets.  The minister was officiating at the awarding of certificates to MSMEs by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) with support from the Trade ministry and the Quality Infrastructure Standards Programme (QISP). Thirty six products w..

ED's Speech at the Second MSME's Awards Ceremony 2016
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Honourable Minister, Permanent Secretary MTIC Development Partners-Embassy of Sweden/TMEA Chairperson National Standards Council, Programme Manager QUISP, Members of the Private Sector, Staff from MTIC and UNBS, Ladies and Gentlemen,   I wish to welcome you all to this very important Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Awards ceremony. Uganda National Bureau of Standards with support from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives and the Quality Infrastructure Standards Programme (QUISP) has been supporting MSMEs from across various regions across..

Does your skin cream have mercury in it?
15th April , 2016 : Hits 42
Recently, the Bureau of Standards (UNBS) banned the importation and selling of cosmetics that have hydroquinone and mercury in them. This was after research had proved that some of the components therein are harmful to the skin and can lead to skin infections. UNBS made this decision after holding a series of meetings with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives, and the Kampala City Traders Association (Kacita) and Cosmetic Traders in a bid to wipe out the substandard cosmetics on the market and to set required standards in the sector, they agreed that some of the cosmetic ..

UNBS scoops Government Agency of the Year Award
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The Uganda National Bureau of standard (UNBS) on 10th February 2016 took home a prestigious award of the best Government Agency of the Year at the just concluded 6th private sector development awards held at Royale Suits, Kampala  The awards are organized by Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) to recognize the best performing Business Associations, Corporate Companies and Government Agencies that are playing a critical role in the development of the Private Sector in Uganda. Under the Government Agency of the Year category, UNBS emerged the winner beating 45 government agen..

UNBS rolls out e-verification service to combat counterfeits
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Kampala. Consumers will soon be able to electronically verify whether the products they are about to buy are genuine, of good and standardised quality or not. This follows a move by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to roll out a phone powered traceability and e-verification service called e-tag to combat the prevalence of counterfeit products on the Ugandan market. Using this product, customers will be able to detect forgeries of labels by sending the digits of the labels to code 141. The code will be redirected to the centralised computer system where it will be verifie..

UNBS Starts Easter Sensitization Activities
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is mandated to ensure fairness in trade and enforce standards in protection of public health, safety and environment through market surveillance and sensitization. In order to achieve this, (UNBS) has today 21st March 2016 commenced the Easter Holiday sensitization activity dubbed “Road Show Drive”, aimed at creating awareness among the consumers on how to buy quality products during the season. About the Road Show Drives The Road Show Drives are periodic activitiesthat take place during festive seasons that are ..