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UNBS CELEBRATES WORLD METROLOGY DAY
11th May , 2018 : Hits 112
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 273
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 207
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
20th March , 2018 : Hits 319
                  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 365
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
6th February , 2018 : Hits 488
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
30th January , 2018 : Hits 378
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
24th January , 2018 : Hits 422
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 ..