News & Highlights
19th March , 2019 : Hits 316
Uganda has initiated a process of development of a 3-year (2019-2021) National Standardization Strategy (NSS) which will provide a list of areas or items for which standards will be developed in line with national economic and non-economic priorities. We are at the stage of obtaining input and feedback from stakeholders to collect views that will support the elaboration of the strategy and as well address specific areas of interest. Please send the specific priority areas or requests for development of standards (using the template attached) to the Executive Director, UNBS for the at..
16th March , 2019 : Hits 351
Kampala, 15th March 2019- Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has closed down Halal & Twayibah Foods & Beverages factory in Old Kampala over failure to comply with set standards for production of beverages thus putting the health of consumers at a great risk.
The UNBS Surveillance team together with KCCA officials conducted inspection of the factory.
The factory was found in production of pre-packaged drinking water of Halal brand in an unhygienic environment. The workers were found handling water with bare hands and with no safety gear which is a contravention of the Ugan..
7th March , 2019 : Hits 685
Kampala, 7th March 2019. Our attention is drawn to the article that appeared in the Observer newspaper under the headline: “Lab tests find hazardous metals in all Uganda's sachet waragi”.
The Uganda National Bureau Standards (UNBS) as the industry regulator, would like to inform the public that the brands mentioned in the article which include Uganda Waragi, Bond 7 Whisky, Chief Waragi, Royal Vodka, Kick Gin Pineapple, and Brigade Gin. The others are Big 5 Vodka and Goal Vodka, Beckham Gin and V6 Tangawizi Vodka were certified by Uganda National Bureau of Standards and therefo..
22nd February , 2019 : Hits 326
Kampala, 22nd February 2019 – The Minster of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, has appointed ten members of the 8th National Standards Council (NSC) for a period of three years.
The NSC is the supreme governing body of UNBS that is responsible for providing oversight and policy guidance to management to ensure effective service delivery. The council is responsible for approval of draft standards as national standards.
The ten members of the Council were sworn in at an inauguration ceremony at UNBS Head Office in Bweyogerere. Speaking at the ceremony, Ho..
24th January , 2019 : Hits 571
Kampala, 24th January 2019 - Our attention is drawn to information circulating on social media and published by some of the online news media regarding the quality of Simba Cement on the Market.
The Uganda National Bureau Standards (UNBS), as the industry regulator, would like to affirm that Simba Cement is a certified company with two valid certification permits.
All samples so far submitted to UNBS laboratories, as part of our quality monitoring, have passed tests for compliance to the requirements of specific standards.
UNBS will continue to perform its mandate of enforcing st..
23rd January , 2019 : Hits 463
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives established by the UNBS Act Cap 327 and became operational in 1989.
Inorder to ensure effective participation and representation of stakeholders in the development of national standards, UNBS invites inviduas or groups of interested stakeholders to make part of the standards development actvities. For more information, Download the attachment below
Call for stakeholders participation in Technical Committees - 2019 [1.6 MB..
9th January , 2019 : Hits 335
These administrative directives are issued under section 43 of the UNBS Act, Cap 327 of laws of Uganda:
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) wishes to inform all importers of items for which Compulsory Standards have been declared of the need to abide by the UNBS Inspection and Clearance of Imports Regulations, 2018 that came into effect on 1st July 2018.
The Regulation requires UNBS to carry out conformity assessment of all goods covered by compulsory standards. An importer, supplier, exporter of a product covered by a comp..
4th January , 2019 : Hits 638
Kampala, 4th January 2019 – All products covered by compulsory standards must be certified by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and issued with its Distinctive Mark before they are allowed on the market, following the coming into force of the Use of Distinctive Mark Regulation, 2018 on 1st January 2019.
Some of the products that must be certified before they are allowed on the market covered by compulsory standards include foods, drinks, electronics, cosmetics, steel products and cement, confectionaries (bread and biscuits), apiary and mattresses, among others.
10th December , 2018 : Hits 450
Warm and heartfelt greetings from the UNBS family- your partner in quality and standards.
As we approach the end of the year, we need to thank the Almighty God for his grace and mercy he has granted UNBS in 2018 despite the many challenges including the loss of our 3 dear staff. To many people, this is the time they have been looking for, a time to re-unite with old friends, a time to travel to the village to catch up with our roots and for the majority, a time to shop and make merry. For Corporates like UNBS, it is a time to reflect on our contribution to the mission of the organization an..
21st November , 2018 : Hits 415
On 14th November, UNBS with support from the Uganda Police Force, carried out a market surveillance operation at the Energy Centre on Market Street. The objectives of the operation were:
To identify specific businesses involved in the sale and distribution of substandard electrical products.
To obtain evidence of importation and distribution of the substandard electrical products.
To seize any substandard electrical products found in the business outlets.
To identify suspected persons involved in the sale and distribution of substandard electrical products for prosecution in accord..
20th November , 2018 : Hits 476
Kampala, 20th November, 2018 – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is hosting the ISO Marketing and Communication training workshop on marketing and communication of standards for developing countries.
The workshop is in line with the ISO action plan for developing countries 2016-2020 which aims to support the development and/or strengthening of the national quality infrastructure (NQI) of developing countries and promote increased involvement of developing country members in international standardization.
The training workshop is expected to attract a ..
30th October , 2018 : Hits 541
Kampala, 29th October 2018. As the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), our attention is drawn to the story that appeared on the front page of Sunday Vision of 28th October 2018 under the headline: “Fake eggs hit Kampala Market”. The story contains inaccuracies and misrepresentation of facts particularly on comments attributed to our market surveillance officer.
The products referred to in the article by our market surveillance team were actually sweets in packages that looked like egg shells but clearly labelled as Funny Toys. Apart from the appearance of the packa..
16th October , 2018 : Hits 565
The Commonwealth Standards Network Programme, a DFID-funded (UK Department for International Development) initiative that will assist UNBS in improving their operations and effectively supporting Ugandan businesses, has been launched in Kampala.
Kampala, Uganda, 16th October 2018: The Uganda National Bureau of Standards is collaborating with the British Standards Institution (BSI) under the Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN) Programme, which will support UNBS to achieve its strategic objectives and support agricultural and other value chains in complying with international best practices...
2nd October , 2018 : Hits 690
UNBS closes Sunshare factory over failure to comply with Standards
Kampala, 2nd October 2018 - As a consumer protection measure, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has closed factory premises of Sunshare Investment Limited in Mukono until further notice over failure to comply with set standards in its production processes.
Sunshare Investments produces the Lucky brand of juices including mango, pineapple and orange flavours.
Laboratory analysis carried out by UNBS on product samples submitted for testing indicated high level of Free Chlorine in the product contrary to the ..
19th September , 2018 : Hits 456
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..
31st August , 2018 : Hits 3129
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..
16th August , 2018 : Hits 721
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.
16th August , 2018 : Hits 663
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..
13th August , 2018 : Hits 634
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..
8th August , 2018 : Hits 799
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..
3rd August , 2018 : Hits 617
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.
31st July , 2018 : Hits 622
MEDIA RELEASE: Performance highlights for Financial Year 2017/18
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..
2nd July , 2018 : Hits 718
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..
7th June , 2018 : Hits 785
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,”.
7th June , 2018 : Hits 1175
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..
1st June , 2018 : Hits 843
Kampala, 1st June 2018 - The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has issued new guidelines for inspection of motor vehicle being imported into the country as a measure to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment against motor vehicles that do not meet standards.
In a public notice to motor vehicle importers and dealers, the UNBS asserts that all motor vehicles being imported into the country will be inspected for roadworthiness in Uganda prior to their release from the Customs controlled areas, in what is known as destination inspection, until further notice. Th..
11th May , 2018 : Hits 532
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..
30th April , 2018 : Hits 701
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..
16th April , 2018 : Hits 641
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..
12th April , 2018 : Hits 778
Kampala, 12th April 2018 – In an effort to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards has gazetted 76 new compulsory standards, according to the latest issue of the Uganda Standards Gazette.
The compulsory standards are part of the 254 standards approved by the National Standards Council (NSC), the governing body of UNBS, and recommended to the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC), Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, for gazetting as compulsory standards in accordance with the UNBS Act.
The UNBS Deputy Executive Directo..
20th March , 2018 : Hits 867
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..
9th March , 2018 : Hits 913
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..
6th February , 2018 : Hits 971
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).
30th January , 2018 : Hits 683
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..
24th January , 2018 : Hits 680
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..
15th January , 2018 : Hits 1145
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 ..
15th December , 2017 : Hits 704
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..
13th December , 2017 : Hits 709
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..
1st December , 2017 : Hits 1117
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..
2nd November , 2017 : Hits 889
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 ..
27th October , 2017 : Hits 615
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..
14th October , 2017 : Hits 506
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...
9th October , 2017 : Hits 626
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..
2nd October , 2017 : Hits 1050
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..
25th September , 2017 : Hits 837
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..
12th September , 2017 : Hits 1111
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..
30th August , 2017 : Hits 797
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..
25th August , 2017 : Hits 655
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..
3rd August , 2017 : Hits 1078
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,..
26th July , 2017 : Hits 1030
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.
18th July , 2017 : Hits 1002
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..
30th June , 2017 : Hits 1036
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.
The report highlights the performance of the Compliance Directorate for the financial year ..
16th June , 2017 : Hits 824
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.
29th May , 2017 : Hits 793
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..
29th May , 2017 : Hits 764
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..
15th May , 2017 : Hits 1380
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.
11th May , 2017 : Hits 756
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..
11th May , 2017 : Hits 1227
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 ..
24th April , 2017 : Hits 721
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..
11th April , 2017 : Hits 709
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 ..
7th April , 2017 : Hits 7344
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..
27th March , 2017 : Hits 697
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. ..
27th March , 2017 : Hits 410
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.
13th March , 2017 : Hits 620
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 ..
21st February , 2017 : Hits 565
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..
21st February , 2017 : Hits 433
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..
16th January , 2017 : Hits 671
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 Maxi Light Body and,
Cream Skin Light Body
23rd December , 2016 : Hits 1036
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..
21st December , 2016 : Hits 692
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..
21st December , 2016 : Hits 440
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..
8th December , 2016 : Hits 780
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..
2nd December , 2016 : Hits 735
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 ..
29th November , 2016 : Hits 665
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..
1st November , 2016 : Hits 1117
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..
20th October , 2016 : Hits 1224
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..
23rd September , 2016 : Hits 630
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..
29th August , 2016 : Hits 802
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..
16th August , 2016 : Hits 620
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.
5th August , 2016 : Hits 338
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..
3rd August , 2016 : Hits 333
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..
29th July , 2016 : Hits 342
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..
22nd July , 2016 : Hits 407
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..
18th July , 2016 : Hits 465
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..
15th July , 2016 : Hits 368
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.
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.
5th July , 2016 : Hits 230
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..
23rd May , 2016 : Hits 198
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..
3rd May , 2016 : Hits 160
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..
26th April , 2016 : Hits 163
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..
15th April , 2016 : Hits 233
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 ..
7th April , 2016 : Hits 156
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..
7th April , 2016 : Hits 176
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..
7th April , 2016 : Hits 155
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 ..