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APPOINTMENT OF ENG. JAMES N. KASIGWA AS THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UNBS
14th May , 2024 : Hits 458
The Hon. Minster of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Francis Mwebesa has appointed Eng. James N. Kasigwa as the 5th Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) effective 13th May, 2024. Eng. James N. Kasigwa is an Electrical Engineer with an illustrious career, having worked with multinational corporations, private and public sectors, spanning over two decades in leadership and strategic management of expert teams in Science, Technology, Innovation, Standards and the Infrastructure Industry. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engin..

MEMD, UNBS CONDUCT FUEL QUALITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IN WEST NILE
8th May , 2024 : Hits 146
To combat fuel adulteration in Uganda, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) have conducted a comprehensive awareness campaign in the West Nile region.  This effort builds upon the success of the government-led Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring Program (FMQMP), which has dramatically reduced adulteration rates to below 1%. Rev. Justaf Frank Tukwasibwe, Commissioner of the Petroleum Supply Department at MEMD, emphasises the program's goals: "Our goal as the Ministry is to ensure that the fuel supplied to th..

CAUTION AGAINST EXTORTION OF MONEY BY INDIVIDUALS MASQUERADING AS UNBS STAFF
18th April , 2024 : Hits 662
It has come to our attention that individual(s) masquerading as UNBS staff are extorting money from the business community alleging to help them alter laboratory test results in their favour and illegally “assist” them to acquire the UNBS Quality Mark (Q). Investigations into the matter are ongoing. Findings so far indicate that the suspect(s) are using telephone number +256 786 462 376, registered in the name of Getrude Kabonesa and +256 785 611 481 registered in the name of Julius Mboode to call clients, extort money and give false hopes of altering laboratory test results in ..

UNBS HOSTS EAC MEETING TO HARMONISE PROCEDURES FOR CALIBRATION AND VERIFICATION OF ROAD TANKERS
15th April , 2024 : Hits 322
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is hosting Partner States from the East African Community (EAC) to develop harmonised procedures for calibration and verification of road tankers, to facilitate trade. This is in line with the UNBS mandate of ensuring fairness in trade and precision in industry through reliable measurement systems. Road tankers are vehicles with mounted measures of capacity used for the transportation of liquids for purposes of trade. These tankers are very critical in the intra-EAC trade because they are used to transport and distribute various commodities lik..

TRADE MINISTER COMMITS TO SUPPORT UNBS’ FIGHT AGAINST SUBSTANDARD GOODS
15th April , 2024 : Hits 339
The Minister of State for Trade, General Wilson Mbasu Mbadi has reaffirmed his commitment to support UNBS activities geared towards facilitating trade, improving the competiveness of Uganda products and protecting Ugandan consumers against substandard products. This was announced during the Minister’s maiden visit to the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) head offices in Bweyogerere. In his report to the minister, the UNBS Acting Executive Director Mr. Daniel Richard Makayi Nangalama noted that the standards body is currently grappling with inadequate budget and manpower to..

NOTICE TO ALL EXPORTERS, IMPORTERS AND DEALERS OF USED MOTOR VEHICLES
28th March , 2024 : Hits 592
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) wishes to inform Importers of Used Motor Vehicles that, it is a Regulatory Requirement to ensure all Used Motor Vehicle come with Certificate of Road Worthiness (CRW) from their Countries of Origin/Export prior to importation into Uganda under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVOC) Program. This is meant to ensure that Substandard and Harmful Used Motor Vehicles that may affect the Health and Safety of the Public and the Environment are not imported into the country. Accordingly, UNBS has contracted services of the following three (3) Int..

UNBS ROLLS OUT SIMPLIFIED STANDARDS GUIDELINES FOR SMES
26th March , 2024 : Hits 547
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has intensified standards awareness campaigns amongst Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to improve the quality of their products. With support from the Standards Partnership Project under the Foreign Common wealth Development Office (FCDO)-UKAID, UNBS has simplified key hygiene and labelling standards; US 28 EAS 39:2002: Code of practice for hygiene in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry and US EAS 38:2014: Labelling of Pre-packaged Foods - General requirements to create awareness within the MSMEs in order to improve the quality..

MEMD, UNBS ANNOUNCE OVER 99% COMPLIANCE RATE FOR FUEL QUALITY IN UGANDA
25th March , 2024 : Hits 359
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) together with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) have announced a 99.3% compliance rate for fuel quality in Uganda. The remarks were made by the Assistant Commissioner in the Petroleum Supply Department at MEMD, Mr. John Friday, during the routine Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring program (FMQMP) sensitisation drives in the Western districts of Uganda; Kasanda, Mityana, Mubende, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Fortportal and Bundibugyo. “Compliance has improved. We are now operating at 99.3% compliance for the fuel on the mark..

UNBS URGES CONSUMERS, SALON OWNERS TO USE CERTIFIED HAIR RELAXERS
19th March , 2024 : Hits 392
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) calls upon all consumers salon owners/operators and the public  to use hair relaxers that are certified by UNBS and bear the UNBS Quality Mark to ensure consumption of safe products. In line with its mandate of developing, promoting and enforcing standards to protect consumers and the environment against dangerous and substandard products, UNBS enforces seven (7) standards that specify requirements for good quality Hair relaxers and Hair waving products. These include; US EAS 338:2013, Chemical hair relaxers and hair waving products ..

MEMD, UNBS CALL FOR SELF-REGULATION AMONG FUEL RETAILERS AS COMPLIANCE RATE HITS 99.5%
2nd February , 2024 : Hits 930
The Ministry of Energy Mineral Development (MEMD) together with Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon all fuel station owners to ensure compliance to the standards requirements for setting up and operating fuel stations, as well as petroleum products standards, emphasising self-regulation. The remarks were made during the Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring program (FMQMP) awareness and sensitisation campaign that took place in South-western Uganda, in the districts of Ibanda, Ishaka, Rukungiri, Ntungamo and Mbarara. “I would like to encourage fuel dealers to b..

UNBS, SSNBS SET TO HARMONISE CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES TO ENHANCE CROSS BORDER TRADE
18th January , 2024 : Hits 983
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) together with the South Sudan National Bureau of Standards (SSNBS) are set to harmonise sampling, test methods and certification processes to enhance bi-lateral trade between Uganda and South Sudan. The resolution is one of the many reached at, during a meeting between the two National Standards Bodies held on 11th January 2024, in Nimule. The engagement led by both the UNBS Ag. Executive Director Mr. Nangalama Daniel Richard Makayi and the SSNBS Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hon. Dr. Kuorwel Kuai Kuorwel, came after a recent s..

UNBS MAINTAINS BAN ON COSMETICS CONTAINING MERCURY AND HYDROQUINONE IN UGANDA
15th January , 2024 : Hits 704
Uganda National Bureau of standards maintains the ban on cosmetics that contain mercury and hydroquinone in Uganda, in line with its mandate of protecting the public and environment against harmful and dangerous and sub-standard products. A previous survey done by UNBS indicates that 31% of the samples brought from the market and tested in UNBS’ internationally accredited laboratories were found to contain hydroquinone, contrary to the requirements of US EAS 377-2:2013 and most of these were imported products. Some of the imported products were labelled as containing hydroquinone..

UNBS ENGINEERING MATERIALS TESTING LABORATORY GETS SANAS ACCREDITATION
20th December , 2023 : Hits 841
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards Engineering Materials Testing Laboratory has officially attained accreditation from the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) as the SANAS Facility T1009.  The facility is accredited in accordance with the recognised International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017 General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The SANAS accreditation means that test results from the UNBS Engineering Materials Testing Laboratory are internationally recognised, and support various activities such as certification; import..

CAUTION AGAINST MASQUERADERS EXTORTING CASH IN EXCHANGE FOR JOBS AT UNBS
12th December , 2023 : Hits 909
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a government agency responsible for Standardisation, Quality Assurance, Metrology and Laboratory testing (SQMT) with the objectives of promoting Fair trade and protecting consumers and the environment against harmful and substandard products. It has come to our attention that some individuals masquerading as UNBS staff are extorting money from unsuspecting Ugandans, promising them jobs at UNBS. Following investigations by the Criminal Investigations Department at UNBS, a female Ugandan, claiming to be called Kobusingye Stella alias Nanyan..

UNBS URGES EDIBLE INSECTS DEALERS TO SEEK UNBS SERVICES, CONSUMERS TO STAY VIGILANT
11th December , 2023 : Hits 722
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is calling upon all Edible Insects dealers to seek UNBS certification to ensure safety of their products for public consumption. This is in line with the UNBS mandate of developing, promoting and enforcing standards in protection of public health and safety, and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products. In March 2022, UNBS launched the Edible Insects Standard, US 2146:2020 Edible Insects –Specification, in collaboration with Makerere University School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Systems Engineering (Food Sc..

UNBS STATEMENT ON SENANA HYPERMARKET TEMPORARY CLOSURE
17th November , 2023 : Hits 1052
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is mandated by the UNBS Act Cap 327, to enforce standards in protection of the public against consumption of dangerous and sub-standard products. The same Act prohibits the importation, manufacture, sale, distribution or holding for the purpose of selling any product that does not meet compulsory Uganda standards. The UNBS (Inspection & Clearance) Regulation 2022 also requires all products imported into the country to undergo UNBS Inspection and clearance, before their release to the market for public consumption. In contravention of the..

UNBS STAFF MASQUERADERS CONVICTED
13th November , 2023 : Hits 1164
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) calls upon the public to be vigilant following reports of individuals masquerading as UNBS staff, conducting unauthorized weighing scale verifications in different parts of the country and extorting money from the unsuspecting public. Following investigations by Police on behalf of UNBS, three (3) Senior Mechanics: Wagoba Akim, Kaala David and Kirya Charles belonging to Eastern United Scale Repairers Limited, together with two (2) trainees Ateru James and Mundu Ali, who were masquerading as UNBS inspectors were arrested. The suspects who wer..

UNBS AWARDS BRITANIA ALLIED INDUSTRIES LIMITED WITH ISO CERTIFICATION
7th November , 2023 : Hits 785
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has awarded Britania Allied Industries Ltd with ISO 9001:15- Quality Management System and ISO 22000:2018- Food Safety Management Certification. UNBS Principal Certification Officer, Ms. Mariam Nalwoga, who represented the UNBS Ag. Executive Director, handed over the award certificates to Britania Allied Industries Limited Top Management, at their head offices in Nakawa. UNBS is internationally recognised to provide International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Management Systems Certification, following the accreditation by the South..

NOTICE T0 ALL IMPORTERS AND DEALERS OF USED MOTOR VEHICLES
6th November , 2023 : Hits 891
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is mandated to protect the health and safety of Ugandans and the environment through the implementation and enforcement of Compulsory Uganda Standards. The Bureau also has the mandate to promote fair trade and contribute to national development through the development, implementation, and enforcement of standards for both locally manufactured and imported products. In accordance with the UNBS (Inspection and Clearance of Imports) Regulations, 2022, all Used Motor Vehicles imported from Japan, United Kingdom, Singapore, South Africa and Unite..

UNBS reaches out to Bweyogerere Church of Uganda Primary School candidates ahead of PLE
3rd November , 2023 : Hits 765
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has reached out to candidates of Bweyogerere Church of Uganda Primary School, with encouraging messages to enable them excel in the forth coming Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE). During the meeting, the Principal Human Resource Officer at UNBS, Ms. Lydia Kasule called upon the candidates to stay focused as they prepare for the final examinations. “Have interest in learning, stay focused, always seek God’s Guidance in all your endeavours.” Ms. Kasule said. The remarks were made as UNBS staff handed over success cards to..

UNBS reiterates caution to public against consuming adulterated fuel sold in jerrycans
30th October , 2023 : Hits 860
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) calls upon the public to purchase fuel from gazetted areas to avoid consumption of adulterated fuel. According to the UNBS Acting Executive Director, Mr. Daniel Richard Makayi Nangalama, fuel sold in Jerrycans and bottles is adulterated. “We regulate fuel at gazetted dispensing areas like fuel stations. We want to encourage all Ugandans and the public to buy fuel from fuel stations. Fuel sold in jerrycans and bottles is often adulterated and the quantities tempered with, which is harmful to engines of automobiles as well cheating the cons..

UNBS LAUNCHES 11TH ARSO CONTINENTAL ESSAY COMPETITION
25th October , 2023 : Hits 1229
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has launched the eleventh ARSO continental Essay competition under the theme; ‘Empowering consumers through standardisation to achieve rights to safe quality goods and services.’   The National Standards Bureaus in Africa under their continental standards body, the African Regional Organization for Standardization (ARSO) have been organizing Annual Continental Essay Competition for University Students in Africa since 2013, in a bid to promote appreciation of Standards in the Institutions of Higher Learning.   Duri..

UNBS INTENSIFIES FOOD SAFETY EFFORTS IN SCHOOLS
12th October , 2023 : Hits 965
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is calling upon all schools milling own flour to seek UNBS certification, as one of the ways to intensify food safety efforts in schools. This is in line with the UNBS mandate of enforcing standards in protection of public health and safety and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.  The call was made during a sensitisation workshop of all school owners and administrators in Mbale district, organised by UNBS with support from USAID Feed The Future IAM project. “All schools milling their own flour should ensur..

THE UNBS INTER-LABORATORY COMPARISON (ILC) PROGRAM IS BACK!
20th September , 2023 : Hits 1330
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has launched this year’s Inter-Laboratory Comparison program, used to demonstrate competency and validate laboratories’ measurement processes for a particular measurement discipline. The development is aimed at supporting the ever-growing laboratory infrastructure in the country, in line with the UNBS mandate of enhancing competitiveness through standardisation and conformity assessment. Inter-Laboratory Comparison (ILC) refers to the evaluation of a participant laboratory’s performance against pre-established criteria by comp..

EAC Partner States agree on eleven actions to strengthen food safety regulation in the region
5th September , 2023 : Hits 1306
The high-level East African Community (EAC) regional meeting for policy and decision makers on Food Safety and Codex activities in the EAC has resolved to implement eleven actions, in a bid to intensify Food Safety and Codex in the region. The meeting also adopted 4 (four) policy briefs that provide recommendations on mitigating the impact of current Food Safety issues of interest in the region. The meeting, hosted by Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), which is the Codex Contact Point in Uganda, with support from the Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and..

UNBS-EAC SECRETARIAT MEET TO STRENGTHEN COLLABORATION FOR TRADE FACILITATION
5th September , 2023 : Hits 1007
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) hosted the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat in a courtesy visit to strengthen collaboration between the two parties, to facilitate trade within Uganda and the East African region. During the visit, the Deputy Secretary General of the EAC Secretariat, Ms. Annette Mutaawe Ssemuwemba highlighted a number of programs have been coordinated by the East African Secretariat to boast trade and development in the region. “A couple of years ago, it used to take more than thirty days to move goods from the port of Mombasa inland to either ..

UNBS TIPS BUTCHERY OWNERS ON HYGIENE STANDARDS.
31st August , 2023 : Hits 1028
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon all butchery owners in the country to acquire the Uganda Standard, US 736: 2019 Hygienic requirements for butcheries, and ensure that their premises meet the hygiene standards. The remarks were made during the hygiene standards sensitisation meeting with all Butchery owners in Kampala, held at the UNBS head offices in Bweyogerere, in line with the UNBS mandate of promoting Standards’ use in protection of public health and safety and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products. During the meeting, Ms. Reh..

UNBS KICKS OFF BATCH SAMPLING AND LAB ANALYSIS OF MAIZE FLOUR EXPORTS TO S. SUDAN
28th August , 2023 : Hits 1090
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has kicked off batch sampling and laboratory analysis of Maize Flour exports to South Sudan to facilitate trade among the two countries. The activity for Maize Exporters in Kampala, currently taking place at Afro Kai Limited in Matugga, is in line with the UNBS Mandate of strengthening Uganda’s economy by assuring the quality of locally manufactured products to enhance the competitiveness of exports in regional and international markets.    The activity was occasioned by a letter from South Sudan National Bureau of Standards ..

NOTICE TO ALL MAIZE EXPORTERS: TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR SAMPLING MAIZE GRAIN AND MAIZE FLOUR FOR EXPORT
25th August , 2023 : Hits 1107
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has intensified efforts to monitor the quality of maize grain and flour exports to ensure conformity to standards. As such, every maize grain and flour exporter is advised to obtain copies of key maize Standards and comply with the specified requirements.  The governing Uganda Standards include: US EAS 2:2017, Maize grains — Specification (3rd Edition), US EAS 44:2019, Milled maize (corn) products — Specification (4th Edition) and US EAS 38:2014, the Labelling of pre-packaged foods - General requirements. Specified requireme..

UNBS SCOOPS AWARD FOR PROMOTING LARGE-SCALE FOOD FORTIFICATION
21st August , 2023 : Hits 1056
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has been awarded by the USAID-Advancing Nutrition program Uganda, for its outstanding contribution in advancing nutrition and promoting large-scale food fortification in the country. This was during an event organised by USAID in Kampala, themed; ‘Dissemination of Learning in the Reduction of Micronutrient Deficiencies through Large-Scale Food Fortification.’   Food fortification refers to the adding of vitamins and minerals to food items regularly consumed by the public, to improve the nutritional quality of food and provid..

UNBS RALLIES STAKEHOLDERS TO FIGHT SUBSTANDARD GOODS IN ACHOLI
11th August , 2023 : Hits 1130
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has rallied stakeholders in the Acholi Sub-region to join hands in the fight against the production and sale of substandard goods in a bid to promote food safety. This call was made during the ongoing standards sensitization meetings for policymakers, local government officials, heads of education institutions, and schools organized by UNBS in partnership with USAID Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Market Activity (FtF IAM) program in Gulu City. Ms. Patricia Bageine Ejalu, the Deputy Executive Director in charge of Standards at ..

UNBS ATTAINS ISO 9001: 2015 CERTIFICATION
3rd August , 2023 : Hits 1189
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has attained the prestigious ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management Systems Certification. The achievement comes after excelling in the Quality Management Systems Audit carried out by Axe Register, covering Development of National and Regional Standards for products and services (Standards Department), together with other functions; Human Resource, Customer Complaint Handling, Corporate Planning and Procurement Disposal Unit. Being ISO 9001 certified will improve UNBS’ service delivery through establishing credibility and trust among stakeh..

UNBS KICKS OFF FIGHT AGAINST SUBSTANDARD TYRES ON THE MARKET
2nd August , 2023 : Hits 1164
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has kicked off week-long operations against substandard tyres in the country. On Tuesday alone over 500 substandard pneumatic tyres worth 150 UGX million shillings were seized from traders in down town Kampala, in line with the Bureau’s mandate of enforcing standards in protection of public health and safety, and that of the environment, from dangerous substandard products. According to the UNBS Surveillance Officer who led the operation, Mr. Denis Odur, the operation follows recent public outcry and complaints about substandard tyres on ..

MR. DANIEL R. M. NANGALAMA APPOINTED Ag. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UGANDA NATONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS (UNBS)
26th July , 2023 : Hits 1169
The National Standards Council (NSC) has appointed Mr. Daniel Richard Makayi Nangalama as the Acting Executive Director of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS). Mr. Nangalama has been serving at the Bureau as the Deputy Executive Director in charge of Management and Financial Services. Get to know more about mr. Nangalama by clicking on this link; https://unbs.go.ug//profiles.php?pg=Acting%20Executive%20Director&src=51&profile  UNBS is committed to performing its mandate of developing, promoting and enforcing standards in protection of public Health and saf..

STATEMENT ON RESULTS OF LABORATORY ANALYSIS FOR THE INITIAL LOT OF FOODSTUFF RETURNED FROM THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN LOADED ON TWENTY-THREE (23) TRUCKS.
14th July , 2023 : Hits 1438
A Joint Delegation from the Republic of Uganda led by the Senior Presidential Advisor and Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Exports and Industrial Development (PACEID) travelled to Elegu-Nimule Border on 8th July, 2023 to negotiate the release of Trucks that are loaded with assorted foodstuffs back to Uganda by the Authorities in the Republic of South Sudan. The Ugandan delegation included representatives from the Ministries of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Foreign Affairs, East African Community Affairs, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Uganda Revenue Authority..

UNBS OPENS THE 3RD REGIONAL FOOD SAFETY LABORATORY IN MBARARA CITY
15th May , 2023 : Hits 1911
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has opened a 3rd Food Safety Testing Laboratory for Western Region based in Mbarara City. The Equipment for the Laboratory was donated by the Danish Government through Trade Mark Africa. According to Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, the Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), the Bureau has already opened similar Food Testing Laboratories to serve Northern Region based in Gulu city and another for Eastern Region, based in Mbale City. He noted that by moving these Testing Laboratories nearer to the Regional Offices, the ..

UNBS Hosts Training of African Experts Responsible for Standards Development and Harmonization Required to Facilitate Intra-Africa Trade Under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
27th March , 2023 : Hits 1959
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) in conjunction with the African Regional Standards Organization (ARSO) is hosting over 60 Experts across the African Continent for a three (3) days training in Kampala, Golden Tulip Hotel held under the theme “The Standards we want – African Union Agenda 2063 and African Continental Free Trade Area, “The role of Standardisation and Conformity Assessment during the journey of 41 years”.  The Experts are drawn from the National Standards Bodies, Academia, Industry and other Regulatory Bodies responsible for developing an..

UNBS Joins the World in Celebrating “World Consumer Rights Day”
15th March , 2023 : Hits 1669
Today, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the World to celebrate “World Consumer Rights Day” under the theme “Clean energy transitions”. Clean Energy refers to energy that comes from renewable and zero emission sources that do not pollute the atmosphere, for example, Electricity, Biogas, Solar, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Natural Gas, Alcohol Fuels and Biomass Stoves. The Theme this year is aimed at encouraging Consumers to exercise their Rights as they shift from Fossil-Based sources of energy such as Coal and Kerosene, to the above renewable ene..

NOTICE TO ALL IMPORTERS OF GENERAL GOODS
27th February , 2023 : Hits 2381
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) wishes to inform Importers of General Goods that it is a Regulatory requirement for all Goods that are covered by the Compulsory Uganda Standards to be subjected to Inspection and Testing from their Countries of Origin/Export before being imported into Uganda under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVOC) Program. This is meant to ensure that Substandard and Harmful commodities that affect the Health and Safety of the Public and the Environment are not imported into the country. Accordingly, the Bureau has contracted the following Six (6) I..

PUBLIC NOTICE ON IMPERSONATORS OF UNBS STAFF
23rd February , 2023 : Hits 1619
The Bureau has received a number of complaints from Manufacturers, Distributors and other Members of the Business Community about people who are impersonating staff of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) by conducting illegal and unauthorized inspection and enforcement activities at these facilities with the intention of extorting money from them.  This is therefore to inform the Public that the Bureau’s inspection and enforcement activities are conducted by professional staff whose main objective is to ensure that Enterprises involved in the manufacture, distribution and ..

UNBS URGES SUPPLIERS AND SCHOOL OPERATORS TO OBSERVE QUALITY STANDARDS OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES AS BACK TO SCHOOL APPROACHES.  
14th February , 2023 : Hits 1858
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has urged Suppliers, School Operators and Parents to be vigilant on the Quality of School Supplies as Learners prepare to go back to School. These Supplies include both Food and Non Food items consumed in Schools, including Scholastic Materials. The Bureau encourages sourcing of such supplies from UNBS Certified Companies/Service Providers to ensure their Safety, Quality and Value for Money. According to the UNBS Executive Director Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, the major challenge with Food Supplies in Schools is their exposure to contamination d..

TOP CODEX BODY RE-APPOINTS UGANDA AS COORDINATOR FOR CODEX ACTIVITIES IN AFRICA FOR 2022-2024
25th November , 2022 : Hits 2199
Uganda, through Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has been re-appointed Coordinator for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations / World Health Organisation (FAO/WHO) Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) for the period, 2022 to 2024. This, after successfully completing the (2020-2022) tenure, which included hosting the 24th CCAFRICA meeting in September 2022 in Kampala. The appointment was made by the top body in the CODEX structures, Codex Alimentarius Commission, during its ongoing 45th meeting this week in Rome, Italy. Africa at the session was represe..

ONE STANDARD, ONE CERTIFICATION QUALITY MARK, ONE CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE FOR EAC MEMBER STATES
25th November , 2022 : Hits 2132
The East African Community has kicked off implementation of the East African Community (EAC) Harmonised Framework that is aimed at facilitating cross border trade of pre-packaged foods and cosmetic products. The Framework promotes the use of one standard, One Certification Quality Mark, and one conformity assessment procedure in the registration, approval, certification and clearance of pre-packaged food products and cosmetics to promote intra EAC Trade among the Partner States, including South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. This develop..

UNBS URGES RICE, MAIZE AND SORGHUM DEALERS TO ADHERE TO STANDARDS
16th November , 2022 : Hits 1747
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is calling upon all traders of Rice, Maize and Sorghum to adhere to the Uganda Standards during the production processes, to improve the quality of the final products. During UNBS sensitisation of Rice, Maize and Sorghum traders in the Mbale and Bulambuli, the Senior Surveillance Officer at UNBS, Mr. Gaston Kironde emphasised that if the standards are not adhered to, the Public (Consumers), Government and the business community are all negatively affected. “Non-Compliance to standards leads to poor quality goods which affects the healt..

UNBS SIMPLIFIES, TRANSLATES FOOD STANDARDS TO EASE IMPLEMENTATION BY MSMES.
20th October , 2022 : Hits 1891
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) with support from Advance Afrika under the Action for Livelihood Enhancement in Northern Uganda (ALENU) Project, has simplified food standards into easy-to-use guidelines and translated them to local languages (Alur and Acholi) to ease uptake and implementation of standards by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The easy-to-use awareness materials were developed from twenty two (22) standards that include code of practice for hygiene, specficiations for food items including; Apiary, Local Poultry, Beans, Soy Beans, Tomatoes, Onions, Gro..

UNBS GRANTS CERTIFICATION TO OVER 500 MSMEs
19th October , 2022 : Hits 1963
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) with support from the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU) has granted  product certification (Q-Mark) to over 500 Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) who are producing over 700 Products across various sectors as part of the COVID 19 Economic Recovery and Resilience Response Program (CERRRP) funded by the Mastercard Foundation under the Quality and Standards Component at the cost of USD 500,000. According to Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, the Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), this is part of the Burea..

UGANDA CELEBRATES WORLD STANDARDS DAY
14th October , 2022 : Hits 1729
Uganda through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the rest of the World in celebrating the “World Standards Day” under the theme “Our Shared Vision for a Better World, Standards for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. This day is set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the Experts who volunteer their valuable resources in developing Standards to create a better world for all. This year, the focus is on how we can get a world that is better, fairer and more sustainable through attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Standards ..

UNBS OPENS THE 2ND REGIONAL FOOD SAFETY LABORATORY IN MBALE CITY
3rd October , 2022 : Hits 1971
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has opened its 2nd Food Safety Laboratory in Mbale City to provide Conformity Assessment and Quality Assurance of products manufactured in Eastern Uganda. According to Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, the Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), this is part of the Bureau’s Strategic Plan to decentralize Quality Infrastructure and other Standardization Services to other parts of the Country. Similar Testing Laboratories were commissioned in Gulu City in July, 2022, to serve Northern Uganda, with the next one planned for W..

Uganda Mentors Tanzania on CODEX Work and Food Safety Standards
23rd September , 2022 : Hits 1933
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), which doubles as the CCAFRICA Coordinator, has concluded a Four-Day Twinning and Mentorship programme on Codex Activities between Uganda and Tanzania. The objective of the twinning arrangement is to strengthen member states capacity and efficiency in engaging and management of Codex activities especially with regard to Chairing of Electronic working groups as well as hosting and co-hosting of Codex sessions on food safety standards. During the session, the Coordinator for Codex Activities in Africa who is also the Head of the Food and Agric..

UNBS HOSTS THE 24TH CCAFRICA MEETING TO DISCUSS STRATEGIES OF STRENGTHENING FOOD SAFETY IN AFRICA
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) on behalf of Uganda is hosting over 250 delegates from 49 African Countries and other global Partners for a Week Long Hybrid International Conference to discuss Strategies of Strengthening Food Safety in Africa. Uganda is currently the Coordinator and Chair of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) CODEX Alimentarius Commission, Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA). CODEX Alimentarius Commission was established by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in ..

STATEMENT ON ADULTERATED GIN (CITY 5) AND DEATH OF CONSUMERS IN ARUA CITY AND NEIGHBOURING DISTRICTS
25th August , 2022 : Hits 2171
In exercising its mandate of Promoting and Enforcing National Standards in order to Protect the Safety and Health of the Public against Consumption of Harmful and Substandard Products on the Market, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) prohibits the importation, manufacture, sale, distribution or holding for the purpose of selling any product that does not conform with the Compulsory Uganda Standards. It is against this background that UNBS Enforcement Team traveled to Arua City on the 21st August, 2022 to establish the circumstances under which about 17 people who consumed a Local Gi..

UNBS GETS NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Francis Mwebesa, has inaugurated a new ten-member board; The National Standards Council (NSC), that will provide oversight and policy guidance to the UNBS to ensure effective service delivery. During the inauguration ceremony, Hon. Mwebesa urged the new board to prioritise improving quality of locally manufactured goods and imports, to protect the public and environment against dangerous substandard products.  “Check the factories where goods are made to ensure that they comply with the standards before those goods make it..

UNBS OPENS REGIONAL FOOD SAFETY LABORATORY IN GULU CITY
14th July , 2022 : Hits 2939
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has opened a Food Safety Testing Laboratory for Northern Region based in Gulu. The Equipment for the Laboratory was donated by VODP through Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) funded by the Danish Government. According to Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, the Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), the Bureau intends to open similar Testing Laboratories for Eastern Region based in Mbale and for Western Region based in Mbarara in the near future. He noted that by movin..

UNBS ELECTED TO ARSO COUNCIL
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Kampala, Friday, June 30, 2022 – Uganda, through Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has been elected to the African Regional Standards Organization (ARSO) as a member of the Board. Uganda National Bureau of Standards will be part of the ARSO 12 Member Council/Board to represent 43 Member Countries. This was during the ARSO General Assembly Meeting held on 30th June, 2022 at Younde-Cameroon. Prior to this elevation, Uganda has been offering leadership in ARSO as Chairpersons and Secretaries to 3 Technical Committees of Horticulture, Cereals & Pulses and for Live Animals. Ugan..

PUBLIC NOTICE: TO ALL IMPORTERS OF FISHING GEAR
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), wishes to inform all Importers of Fishing Gear that it is now a requirement for specific Fishing Gear to undergo Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVOC) in accordance with the requirements of The Fish (Fishing) Rules, 2010, Statutory Instruments No.33, particularly, Part II - Prohibited Nets and Fishing with Nets- Clause 3, 4,6,7 and 19. The Bureau will commence enforcement of compliance with the above Fishing Rules, 2010 effective 1st July, 2022 and all ..

UNBS Holds Practical Training on Standards for the Food & Beverage Sector
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Kampala, Monday, June 27, 2022 — Last week, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) hosted the first-ever practical training on the implementation of standards. The training, which was conducted in a factory setting at Negonja Organics Ltd, was focused on the importance of standards in the food sector, its impact on fair trade practice and consumer health protection, harmonization of food standards for import, export as well as domestic production and consumption. The hands-on session was organized to impart practical knowledge and skills by a local manufacturer who has succee..

Government intensifies fight against high Aflatoxin levels in food stuffs ahead of World Food Safety Day
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The Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), in collaboration with the Grain Council Uganda (TGCU), Uganda National Farmer’s Federation (UNFFE), Food rights Alliance (FRA), PELUM and ESAFF have embarked on a campaign to fight against the high Aflatoxin levels in food stuffs, to promote consumption of safe food in the country. The efforts, supported by OXFAM, come at a time when Uganda joins the world to celebrate World Food Safety Day 2022, under the theme: Safer food, better health..

Uganda Celebrates the World Metrology Day
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Uganda through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the rest of the World to celebrate the World Metrology Day under the theme“Metrology in the Digital Era”,. Metrology refer to a science of Measurements which involves quantification of items by checking their weight, length, temperature and time among others. Metrology embraces both experimental and theoretical determinations at any level of uncertainty in any field of science and technology, as defined by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. In order to ensure fairness in trade and precision of ..

UNBS Accreditation to Offer ISO Certification renewed
19th April , 2022 : Hits 2031
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards’ (UNBS’) accreditation to provide International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Management Systems Certification has been renewed by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). The SANAS accreditation renewal means that UNBS continues to be internationally recognised to provide credible certification services to organisations for ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) and ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems (QMS). According to ISO, a Management System is “the way in which an organization manages the in..

UNBS urges Kombucha manufacturers to adhere to hygiene standards
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has urged all Kombucha Manufacturers to adhere to hygiene standards in addition to the other relevant Uganda standards that govern the quality of their products. During a meeting held with Kombucha manufacturers in Mityana and Mubende districts, UNBS Surveillance Officer, Ms. Sarah Nantongo Kintaboine, cautioned the manufacturers against inadequate hygiene and cross contamination at their  manufacturing premises. “The health and safety of millions of people is at stake if you do not produce hygienic products. Ensure that your work..

UNBS signs MoU with UCU to Promote Quality Standards in Institutions of Higher Learning
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mukono to promote Standardisation and Quality Assurance in Institutions of Higher Learning. According to the Executive Director of UNBS Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, the Bureau intends to promote quality culture by mainstreaming quality standards in education curricula of Institutions of Higher Learning, especially Universities and Tertiary Institutions. According to Mr. Ebiru, Students are the future Innovators, Industrialists and Entrepreneurs who must apprec..

UNBS Launches Standard to Facilitate Commercialization of Edible Insects
29th March , 2022 : Hits 2044
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has launched the Edible Insects Standard, US 2146:2020 Edible Insects –Specification, in collaboration with Makerere University School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Systems Engineering (Food Science) with support from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). The standard is aimed at promoting safe consumption of edible insects which are harvested, processed and traded on the Ugandan Market, in line with the UNBS mandate of developing, promoting and enforcing standards in protection of public health and sa..

UNBS urges Kombucha manufacturers to diligently adhere to the quality standards
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has urged all Kombucha Manufacturers to diligently adhere to the relevant Uganda standards that govern the quality of their products, if they are to stay on the market. During a meeting with the Kombucha sector under their umbrella association, Uganda Kombucha Manufacturers (KOMAU), held on Friday 25th March,2022, at the UNBS head offices in Bweyogerere, the UNBS Deputy Executive Director in charge of Standards Ms. Patricia Bageine Ejalu, cautioned the over 90 manufacturers that turned up, against failure to control their production processes w..

UNBS Testing Capacity Boosted with Equipment Worth UGX 6.9 Bn to Support Decentralisation
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is set to decentralise its laboratory testing services to its Regional Offices in Mbarara, Gulu and Mbale following a boost in Laboratory Testing Equipment donated by Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) with support from the Danish Government. During the official launch of laboratory equipment used for testing of products geared towards fighting against COVID-19, the Danish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Nicolaj A. Hejberg Petersen, said that Danida through TMEA is facilitating the decentralisation of the UNBS testing centres in three major cities of Mbar..

Uganda officially assumes office as new Codex Coordinator in Africa
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Uganda, through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has officially assumed office as the new Coordinator for the Food and Agriculture Organisation / World Health Organisation (FAO/WHO) Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA), taking over from Kenya. This follows the appointment for the period 2020 to 2022 by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) during its 43rd meeting held virtually in November 2020. During the CCAFRICA strategic Meeting at Protea Hotel in Entebbe-Uganda, the UNBS Executive Director, Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru said that UNBS services and activities co..

UNBS Joins the World in Celebrating the “World Consumer Rights Day”
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15th March , 2022 : Hits 1872
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the rest of the World to celebrate “World Consumer Rights Day” under the theme “Fair Digital Finance”. Digital Finance refers to the delivery of traditional Financial Services Digitally, through devices such as Computers, Tablets and Smart Phones i.e transfer of funds through Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS), Mobile Money transactions and Crypto Currencies among others. In line with the Bureau’s mandate of Standards Development, Consumer Protection and Promoting Fair Trade, we have so far developed sixteen (16) s..

FUEL ADULTERATION RATES DROP TO LESS THAN 1% IN UGANDA
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The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) together with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) have resumed the annual countrywide sensitizations of Ugandans on fuel quality and quantity at different fuel stations in the country, following the lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown. The Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring Program implemented by government, designed to control and monitor the quality of petroleum products in the entire supply chain in Uganda, is ongoing in North Western and Western Uganda districts of Masindi, Hoima, Kyenjojo, FortPortal  and Kasese. Du..

UNBS TIGHTENS GRIP ON THE QUALITY OF STEEL PRODUCTS
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Kampala - Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has commenced enforcement activities against substandard steel products in different parts of the country, in line with its mandate of ensuring fair trade and protecting the public and environment against dangerous and sub-standard products. The resumed enforcement exercise follows expiry of the January 31st, 2022 ultimatum issued by UNBS to all manufacturers of steel products to recall all substandard products on the market. During a steel sector meeting on standards held on 19th January 2022 convened ..

NEW PUBLIC NOTICE TO ALL IMPORTERS WAIVER OF PVOC SURCHARGE FEES ON NEWLY TAGGED COMMODITIES FOR THE PERIOD 13TH DEC 2021 TO 13TH MAR 2022
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Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has an obligation to protect public health & safety and to ensure that consumers get quality products that match value for money. The Bureau also has the mandate to promote fair trade and contribute to national development. This is achieved through formulation, implementation and enforcement of standards for both locally manufactured and imported products for the Ugandan market as well as ensuring that national industrial policies are streamlined into available regulations and procedures. Due to the formulation and development of a number o..

UNBS urges Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) traders to adhere to quality standards
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Kampala, Thursday 4th November, 2021 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is calling upon all importers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), owners of LPG Cylinder filling plants, Owners of LPG outlets, LPG dealers to adhere to the legal provisions of; The Weights and Measures Act (Cap 103) section 26 and 27 The Weights and Measures (Sale and Labeling of Goods) rules 2007, Statutory Instrument No.36 2007. The weights and Measures (Sale and Labeling of goods) (Amendment) Rules, 2020. Statutory Instrument No. 103.  This follows complaints from the public about under-..

UNBS Commences Enforcement of Quality Standards Against Uncertified Maize Grain and Maize Flour
29th October , 2021 : Hits 3140
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has been sensitizing and building capacity of Maize Millers, Processors and Dealers in different parts of the country over the last one (1) year to ensure that they adhere to the Maize and Maize Flour Quality Standards by obtaining UNBS Certification (Q-Mark) before placing them on the market. The following Mandatory Standards must be complied with;- US EAS 2:2017, Maize grains — Specification (2nd Edition) US EAS 44:2019, Milled maize (corn) products — Specification (4th Edition) US EAS 782:2019 Composite flour – Specif..

UNBS signs MoU with USAID to boost MSME Certification
8th October , 2021 : Hits 2161
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards’ (UNBS’) support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to improve the quality of their products, services and systems has been boosted. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNBS and USAID Feed the Future (FtF) Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (IAM) Activity. The MoU aims at; Increasing product certification in the areas of health, safety and food processing Increasing standards awareness and conformity requirements among MSMEs Building capacity and certification of private labs..

UNBS Reviews Standards for Mattress
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Kampala, 1st October 2021 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has developed a new foam mattress standard that specifies the requirements, sampling and test methods for foam mattresses suitable for domestic and hotel use. However, the standard does not apply to mattresses used for medical or orthopaedic purpose. The new standard, US 202: 2021 Textiles - Foam mattress – Specification cancels and replaces the old standards. The main changes from the previous editions are: A change in the title to cater for other foam mattresses, such as expanded polyethylene mattresses..

UNBS OPENS REGISTRATION FOR THE SECOND ROUND OF THE INTER-LABORATORY COMPARISON
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon laboratory owners and institutions to participate in inter-laboratory comparison to ensure accuracy of their results. The unveiling was done during an online stakeholder engagement organized by UNBS to encourage the industry to register and participate in the scheme. The Deputy Executive Director-Standards, Ms. Patricia Bageine Ejalu said that inter-laboratory comparisons are undertaken to verify that a laboratory provides correct results within the stated measurement uncertainty. She added that the need for ongoing confidenc..

MPS tour UNBS Facilities, commend the Standards Agency for Undisrupted services amidst COVID I9 Challenges
8th September , 2021 : Hits 1819
Members of Parliament on the Committee of Tourism, Trade and Industry have commended the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) for its strides in the ensuring consumer protection and fair trade. The remarks were made during the trade committee’s visit to UNBS head offices in Bweyogerere, as part of their orientation into the sector. The committee members noted that UNBS has done a tremendous job, given its limited capacity in terms of funding and staffing. “We know UNBS has challenges like limited funds to carry out operations. However, there is government support and..

UNBS urges the business community to embrace Systems Certification for growth
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon the business community to embrace Management Systems implementation and Certification to facilitate growth of their businesses. The remarks were made during an online stakeholder engagement organized by UNBS to equip business owners with Management System standards and skills to better their businesses. “Management Systems Certification gives you a step by step process from the raw materials/service inception to the end product/service delivery to make sure the entire system is under control and the quality of your end ..

UNBS, PSFU in partnership to boost businesses during COVID 19
6th August , 2021 : Hits 1799
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has received ICT equipment worth UGX. 200M from the COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Resilience Response Program (CERRRP) under the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) in partnership with the Master Card Foundation. The equipment was received by the UNBS Executive Director, Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru, at UNBS Standards house in Bweyogerere. Under CERRRP, UNBS is receiving Support for institutional enhancement of quality & standards management for business sectors involved in the manufacture, importation, and trade of products that are au..

PUBLIC NOTICE: Validity of Certificates of Road Worthiness (CRWs) for Used Motor Vehicles
5th August , 2021 : Hits 3162
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) informs all Used Motor Vehicle Dealers, Importers and the General Public that effective 01st  September, 2021, all Certificates of Road Worthiness (CRWs) under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) for used Motor Vehicles will be valid for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of issue. This is to enable streamlining and provision of clear guidance on the validity of the Certificate of Road Worthiness (CRW) for imported Used Motor Vehicles. Effective 01st September, 2021, any Used motor vehicle accompanied by CRWs beyo..

UNBS Reduces Cost of Product certification (Q-Mark) to Support BUBU
14th July , 2021 : Hits 2127
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has phased out some of the charges which were previously being levied on enterprises seeking certification of their products and these include Initial Audit Fees of Shs 250,000/= and Surveillance Audit Fees of Shs 250,000/=. This implies that UNBS will from 1st July, 2021 conduct the certification and surveillance audits on Enterprises seeking to acquire the Quality Mark (Q-Mark) free of charge. Micro and Small Enterprises will now only pay certification fees of Shs 500,000 while Medium and Large Enterprises will pay Shs 1,000,000 to be issued with..

UNBS Certifies 48 Companies to Produce Non-Medical Face Masks
8th July , 2021 : Hits 2333
UNBS Certifies 48 Companies to Produce Non-Medical Face Masks In the wake of the 2nd Wave of COVID-19 infections, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) under its mandate of ensuring the quality and safety of Non-Medical Face Masks on the market hereby notifies the public of the 48 Companies certified to manufacture 52 brands of Non-Medical Face Masks as of 6th July, 2021 listed below; S/N COMPANY NAME BRAND NAME 1. Aiduk Group Limited Aiduk Group Ltd - Two Layers Reusable Non-Medical F..

UNBS Certifies 105 Companies to Produce Sanitizers
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In the wake of the 2nd Wave of COVID-19 infections, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) under its mandate of ensuring the quality and safety of Sanitizers and Disinfectants on market hereby notifies the public of the 105 Companies certified to produce 132 Brands of Sanitizers and Disinfectants as of 6th July, 2021 listed below; S/N COMPANY NAME BRAND NAME 1. Abiah Group Limited NISSI anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, NISSI hand santinizer gel 2. Ad..

PUBLIC WARNING-Substandard Reinforcement Bar (Iron Bars) used in the reinforcement of concrete
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It has been observed that, substandard Iron Bars are flooding the market with many unsuspecting individuals falling victim. The sale of substandard iron bars deprives the customer of the value for their money, promotes unfair trade and compromises with the quality of the construction thus safety of structures. All ribbed bars should meet the requirements of the Ugandan Standard US EAS 412-2:2019 - Steel for the reinforcement of concrete - Part 2: Ribbed bars (3rd Edition). Bars not meeting these specifications in the standard shall not be placed in the market for sale. Most of the substa..

UGANDA JOINS THE REST OF THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY
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Kampala, June 7th, 2021- Today the 7th of June 2021, Uganda through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the rest of the world to celebrate the World Food Safety day, under the theme; Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow. On 20th December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 73/250 proclaiming a World Food Safety Day (WFSD). Starting in 2019, every 7th June is a time to celebrate the myriad benefits of safe food. World Food Safety Day is an important way of: making the population aware of food safety issues; demonstrating how to prevent i..

UGANDA JOINS THE REST OF THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE WORLD METROLOGY DAY
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Kampala, May 20th, 2021- Today the 20th of May 2021, Uganda through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the rest of the world to celebrate the World Metrology day, under the theme; Measurement for Health. Metrology, which is the science of measurement, plays a leading role in all aspects of life and the economy including; health, safety, trade, manufacturing, aviation and infrastructure development among many other areas. The theme for this year, Measurement for Health, was chosen to create awareness of the important role Metrology (measurements) plays in health and well..

APPOINTMENT OF MR. DAVID LIVINGSTONE EBIRU AS THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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The Hon. Minster of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambbade in consultation with UNBS National Standards Council (NSC) has appointed Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru as the 4th Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) effective 11th May, 2021. Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru holds a 1st Class Master of Commerce (M.COM) Degree majoring in Financial Management from Osmania University, Hyderabad in India and an Upper 2nd Class Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Makerere University, Kampala. He has also undertaken a number of Professional and Compet..

UNBS cautions clearing agents against unauthorised releases and corruption
19th April , 2021 : Hits 1838
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has cautioned clearing agents and consolidators against unauthorised releases and corruption tendencies, which frustrate UNBS efforts of curbing substandard imports on the market. The remarks were made by the UNBS Imports Inspection Manager, Mr. Martin Imalingat, during a sensitization meeting with clearing agents and consolidators held at the Entebbe International Airport. “A good number of clearing agents and consolidators suspected to have been involved in unauthorised releases are in court and others have already been penalised.&rd..

Waiver of PVoC surcharge for the period 25th March to 24th April 2021
29th March , 2021 : Hits 1723
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has an obligation to protect public health & safety and to ensure that consumers get quality products that match value for money. The Bureau also has the mandate to promote fair trade and contribute to national development. This is achieved through formulation, implementation and enforcement of standards for both locally manufactured and imported products for the Ugandan market as well as ensuring that national industrial policies are streamlined into available regulations and procedures. Following challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a ..

UNBS urges maize flour dealers to adhere to quality standards
23rd March , 2021 : Hits 1770
The Uganda National Bureau of Standard (UNBS) is calling upon all maize flour dealers to adhere to the maize flour quality standards as well as seek UNBS certification before placing their products on the market. During the ongoing sensitization stakeholder engagements held with maize millers under Operation Wealth Creation, Rubaga Grain Millers Association , Masanafu maize millers, and on site capacity building visits to all millers across the country, UNBS issued an ultimatum of six  months (January  – June 2021) to have all maize flour milling facilities certified by UNBS..

UNBS releases list of certified maize milling companies
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Kampala, 23rd March 2021 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has released a list of certified maize milling companies as at 23rd March 2021. This is in line with the UNBS mandate of consumer protection, aimed at protecting Ugandans from buying substandard maize flour which could be harmful to their health. The updated list has 23 companies, producing 27 brands of certified maize flour and maize grains as listed below; No. Holding Company Certified Products Product Brand Location ..

Uganda celebrates World Consumer Rights Day
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the world to celebrate the International World Consumer Rights Day, this Monday 15th March 2021, under the theme: ‘Tackling Plastic Pollution.” During the celebrations, UNBS reiterates the call to all plastic carrier bag manufacturers to ensure that they have plastic waste recycling plants, the public to adhere to the ban on sachet alcohol and the ban on drinking water packaged in polythene bags. The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has played a role in Tackling Plastic Pollution in Uganda by; Enforcing the ..

UGANDAN STUDENTS WIN CONTINENTAL STANDARDS ESSAY COMPETITION
25th February , 2021 : Hits 1998
In a bid to promote appreciation of Standards in the Institutions of Higher Learning, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) together with other National Standards Bureaus in Africa under the continental standards body; the African Regional Standards Organization (ARSO) have been organizing Annual Continental Essay Competition for University Students in Africa since 2013. During the 7th ARSO Continental Essay Competition for 2019/2020, Uganda presented five (5) University Students and was privileged to take both the overall Winner and 2nd Runner up positions. The overall Winner was M..

ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION OF BEVERAGES (HEALTH DRINKS)
23rd February , 2021 : Hits 1707
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), National Drug Authority (NDA), and Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), have observed with concern a growing number of advertisements of products claiming nutritional and therapeutic value on television, radio and social media. These advertisements, which exaggerate the therapeutic capability of the drinks being advertised, are not only misleading to the public but actually putting lives at risk. Moreover, some of them, especially the visual content on TV and social media, portray inappropriate content. Section 33 (1)(c) of the National ..

UNBS, URSB MEET TO STRENGTHEN COLLABORATION
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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) together with the Uganda Registration  Services Bureau (URSB) met on Monday to discuss ways of strengthening collaboration between the two parties to better service delivery. During the meeting, the  Ag. UNBS Executive Director, Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru together with the URSB Registrar General, Ms. Mercy K.Kainobwisho resolved to enhance collaboration in areas of Stakeholder engagements/sensitizations, trainings and enforcement activities. While the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) assures quality of locally manufactur..

UNBS urges companies to adhere to laboratory standards
5th February , 2021 : Hits 1697
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has called upon all companies with laboratories to ensure that they adhere to the quality Standards for laboratories; ISO/IEC 17025:2017 General requirements for testing and calibration laboratories, ISO 9001 requirements. The call was made during an online stakeholder engagement with all companies that own laboratories, organised by UNBS with support from the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU). The engagement is part of the laboratory recognition project by UNBS with support from PSFU, to train selected laboratories that offer testing ..

UNBS DECLARES 160 NEW STANDARDS FOR USE
25th January , 2021 : Hits 1871
The National Standards Council has declared one hundred Sixty (160) new National standards for use, in accordance to section 15 of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Act Cap 327. Out of the 160 new standards; 63 are in the Chemicals and Consumer products sector, 60 are in the engineering sector, 29 are in the Food and Agricultural Sector and Eight (8) in the Management and Services sector. Thirty (30) of the new standards in the Chemicals and Consumer products sector, Nineteen(19 ) of the new standards in the Engineering Sector and Eighteen( 18 ) of the new standards in the F..

UNBS CAUTIONS MAIZE FLOUR-MILLING COMPANIES ON HYGIENE
22nd January , 2021 : Hits 1663
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has issued an ultimatum of five (5) months, to all maize millers to improve compliance to standards. This follows routine inspections conducted by the UNBS surveillance team that found many maize millers and distributors   operating in unhygienic conditions and without the necessary quality control measures required to ensure quality during the production process which contravenes standards requirements and could result in contamination of the flour and pose a risk to public health. During this ultimatum period, all maize millers a..

UNBS, DIRECTORATE OF FISHERIES, DEVELOP SIMLIFIED GUIDELINES FOR FISHING INDUSTRY
14th December , 2020 : Hits 1849
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards and the Directorate of Fisheries Resources (DFR) with support from the Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN), a project funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, have developed a set of simplified guidelines for the fishing industry. The guidelines will provide basic information on the laws, regulations, procedures and principles for addressing safety and quality of fish products. The guidelines will also be applied during handling, preparation (such as drying), processing, packaging, storage, transport and marketing of fis..

UNBS TO START MOBILE VERIFICATION OF OUTDOOR MEASURING EQUIPMENT
11th December , 2020 : Hits 1757
December 2020 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is set to start mobile verification of outdoor measuring equipment such as railway wagons/tankers, static tanks, underground tanks at filling stations, high speed flow meters, Deports and Aviation meters among others. This follows receipt of a new mobile prover unit; the largest in the region, which consists of a mobile 5000 litre prover tank, a mobile platform (rig) and a skid. The equipment, worth USD 49,000 (Over 180 million shillings) was delivered to UNBS by Intertek International, as fulfilment of the obligation by cont..

OUTGOING UNBS ED DR. BEN MANYINDO'S FAREWELL MESSAGE
10th December , 2020 : Hits 1909
Dear UNBS staff and stakeholders, Allow me to share some thoughts at end of my tour of duty at UNBS. The 22 years journey has been worth the travel and traveling the journey together made us reach thus far in 2020. Ebenezer (thus far the gracious God Almighty has brought us). Many successes registered and milestones reached, a number of lessons learnt but there were also some disappointments. We persevered, worked hard and remained focused on the vision. UNBS being a unique institution has a wide mandate that touches the quality of life of all people. It is the only government institutio..

TRADE MINISTER HON. AMELIA KYAMBADDE APPLAUDS FORMER UNBS ED DR. BEN MANYINDO
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The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde has applauded Dr. Ben Manyindo for his diligent service during his tenure at the helm of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS). Hon. Kyambadde made the remarks during the official send-off ceremony of Dr. Ben Manyindo at Serena Hotel in Kampala. “UNBS was engrossed in many challenges and irregularities at the time I became a Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives. I expected Ben to solve all the quality issues overnight. I expected miracles! But Ben didn’t let me down.” Said Hon. Kyambadd..