Kenya National Standardization Strategy 2013 - 2014
Posted on: 11-03-2014
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has remained the premier government agency for the provision of Standards, Metrology and Conformity Assessment (SMCA) services since its inception in 1974. Over that period its main activities have grown from the development of standards and quality control for a limited number of locally made products in the 1970s to the provision of more comprehensive Standards development, Metrology, Conformity Assessment, Training and Certification services.
With the re-establishment of the East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), KEBS activities now include participation in the development and implementation of SMCA activities at the regional level where it participates in the harmonization of standards, measurements and conformity assessment regimes for regional integration.
KEBS operates the National Enquiry Point in support of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).
In order to effectively and efficiently provide quality services and meet the expectations of the stakeholders, KEBS approved a Strategic Plan (2012-2017)- (downloadable here) as well as signed a performance contract with the Government of Kenya. This is strategic move and a clear commitment to take standardization work forward and undertake the mandate of KEBS as stipulated in the standards act CAP. 496 of the Laws of Kenya.
This Standardization strategy has been developed to guide the process of standardization in the Standards Development and international trade division. The level of standardization of any country reflects its social-economic development. The standardization strategy outlines a one-year national standards development programme based on identified national economic and non-economic priorities along with the needs as requested by the stakeholders.
This will be replicated for another two years to have a 3 years programme. The work plan is to be accomplished on an annual basis and the number of standards to be developed shall be as specified in the KEBS Strategic plan. This is contained in the divisional work plan which is a summation of individual technical officers work plan. Propagation of standards developed has been a great success as this make stakeholders aware of the existence of these standards. Based on WTO recommendations, KEBS undertakes to adopt International Standards to facilitate international trade.
Updated list of road speed limiters approved as per KS 2295 Parts 1 and 2:2011
Posted on: 04-03-2014
The following speed governors under their respective companies satisfied the requirements of KS2295 parts 1 and 2 and subsequently received standardization mark permits for the limiters and recorders as per 28th February, 2014:
Power Governors Ltd
Power Governors Ltd
cable car Corporation
Omata model V2030 GAR
Dalcom (K) Ltd
Simba Colt motors
Papo Hapo Solutions
Safe rider Mgt. systems
Romatic System 80
Eureka technical services
Lab Tech technologies
Control Tech ltd
Controltech Speed limiter (SM 3516i &3517i
Markmann & company Ltd
Workshop on KS ISO 21542
on building construction - accessibility and usability of the built environment at Nevada hotel, Meru on 13th - 14th March 2014
Posted on: 28-02-2014
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and National Council for Persons with disabilities (NCPWD) are organizing a two-day workshop sponsored by the Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) on the 13th to 14th March, 2014 at the Nevada Hotel, Meru.
NCPWD is a state corporation established under the Persons with Disabilities Act No.14 of 2003 to champion for the rights, rehabilitation and equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities in Kenya.
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) mandate involves bringing together stakeholders to develop standards based solutions aimed at improving the quality of life for all Kenyans including persons living with disabilities. The Kenyan Standard KS ISO 21542, Building Construction - Accessibility and usability of the built environment, provides solutions on accessibility and usability of the built environment for all Kenyans. KEBS has in place a national mirror committee of experts addressing standards relating to assistive products and services for persons with disabilities (KEBS/TC 132). The subject of this workshop is one of the deliverables of this committee.
The theme is “Accessibility and Usability of the built environment for ALL”
An accessible physical environment benefits the entire society, not just persons with disabilities. The PWDS Act, 2003 states “Persons with disabilities are entitled to a barrier- free and disability-friendly environment to enable them to have access to buildings, roads and other social amenities, and assistive devices and other equipment to promote their mobility.” Measures should be undertaken to eliminate obstacles and barriers to indoor and outdoor facilities including schools, medical facilities and workplaces. These would include not only buildings, but also footpaths, and obstacles that block the flow of pedestrian traffic.
OBJECTIVE OF WORKSHOP
The objective of the workshop is to create awareness on the International Standard, ISO 21542; that provides building users, designers, engineers, builders, building owners and managers, manufacturers, policy makers and legislators with requirements and recommendation to create a sustainable built environment,which is accessible, emphasizing on accessibility by persons with disabilities.
This will facilitate local and regional trade for SMEs through making all public facilities accessible to all, without any discrimination.
Also to bring to the attention of the stakeholders Section 21 of the PWDs Act, 2003 on Accessibility and mobility. All new and old buildings intended for use by the public should meet the requirements set out in KS ISO 21542 as per PWDs Act 2003.
The purpose of this letter is to request your organization/company to nominate participants in the category of “building users, architects, designers, engineers, builders, building owners and managers, manufacturers, policy makers and legislators”, to the two day awareness workshop.
Policy makers or Senior management may attend only the SESSION dealing with policy and management issues.
KEBS celebrates the 43rdworld standards day- 16th october 2012 World Standards Dayis celebrated each year on 14th October to pay tribute to the efforts of thousands of experts worldwide that collaborate with International Standards Bodies like (International Electro-technical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International telecommunications Union (ITU),to develop International Standards that facilitate trade, spread knowledge and promote technologicaladvances.
The theme this year is, "Less waste, better results - Standards increase efficiency".Standards are crucial for increasing efficiency, while efficiency is crucial for success in today’s challenging and competitive economic environment. This issue has drawn a lot of attention as global economies are challenged with sustainability and financial uncertainty. Optimization of resources in any organization provides a foundation for better results. Efficiency is the ability to achieve organizational objectives by implementing processes in production or services that facilitate provision of safe, functional and quality products with minimal waste, expense, or unnecessary effort. Efficiency helps organizations meet their goals as they maximize profits.
Posted on: 22-10-2012
Notice to all Cement Manufacturers, Importers and Distributors KEBS has noted that cement that does not comply with the requirements specified in the Kenya standard on labeling is being offered for sale in the Kenyan market. The Kenya Standard KS 1829: 2004: Labeling of products - General Requirements, gives the general requirements for the marking and labeling of products made in Kenya and those imported into the country. The standard requires that the following information shall be indelibly and legibly displayed on products:
Name of the product,
Date of manufacture,
Active ingredient content,
Instructions for use among others.
Manufacturers, importers and distributors of cement are advised to ensure that the products comply with the standard before being released to the market. Posted on: 20-07-2012