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Posted on: 13-06-2016

In an effort to curb importation of substandard goods and illicit goods, all imported goods into Kenya are now required be inspected in the country of supply and a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) issued before shipment as provided for under Clause 2 and 6(2) of Legal Notice No. 78 of 15th July 2005 - Verification of Conformity to Standards (PVoC) of Imports order. KEBS have published the PVOC Manual on to guide the implementation of the new requirements. Arising from the queries received in the course of implementation of these requirements, the PVOC Manual has been revised to in order to provide the following clarifications.

Annex 2 has been added to provide more clarity on of the list of the other Government agencies and the scope of products for which the permits issued by them serve the same purpose as the certificate of conformity

Annex 3 has been added to expound on the inspection requirements for vehicles, agricultural tractors, excavators, graders and other off-road vehicles. The application form for registered manufacturers, Importers of CKDs for assembly and D-Marks holders has been removed. These are now required to apply using Excel forms available for download from KEBS website

Posted on: 30-05-2016

The Kenya Bureau of Standards in collaboration with the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Moi University wishes to invite you for above mentioned workshop.

The United Kingdom has adopted Structural Eurocodes and consequently the British Standards became obsolete from March 2013. During a workshop in February 2012 in Eldoret (organised by KEBS and Moi University) stakeholders in the sector decided that Kenya adopts Structural Eurocodes standards. The standardization process started immediately and in September 2012, the Structural Eurocodes with the UK National Annex were adopted as Kenya Standards through Gazette Notice (No. 13048, 14th September 2012). It is expected that by January 2021 the process of implementation of Structural Eurocodes will have been completed for their use in the construction industry.

To ensure seamless implementation of these standards, two 3-day sensitization workshops have been organised. The first workshop has successfully been held in Mombasa in May 2016. The workshops are facilitated by experts from Belgium and the Netherlands. The break-down of the agenda for the workshops is as follows:

Day 1: General Awareness Workshop
Day 2 & 3: Technical Sensitization Workshop
Target group: Technical personnel in Government ministries, Institutions of higher learning, Professional bodies, Control & certification bodies and Companies in the construction industry.
The next 3-day workshop will held in Nairobi on 5th -7th October 2016.

Participants are invited to apply this workshop. The course fee for the 3 days is KES 45,000.

Application forms and other details can be found on the website of KEBS If you need more information;

Please contact us by email or telephone:, or, or, or; +254 20 6948000/ 470. Mobile lines 0720841686 or 0720346986.

The purpose of this letter to invite you and your staff to participate in these workshops that believe will be of great benefit to you. We are looking forward to you registration and participation in the Workshop.

Posted on: 24-05-2016

As in past years, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) is now preparing its Standards Development Plan for next three years.

Its our policy to develop those Standards that are needed by the Government and the private sector. You are, therefore, kindly requested to indicate your needs for new National Standards and for revisions of existing Standards in the sectors of interest to you

For more information download the documents below;

Posted on: 11-05-2016

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has suspended permits to use the KEBS marks of quality on their products for 369 water bottling firms which have violated the water standards. Some of these violations include companies operating without valid permits from KEBS, noncompliance to requirements of the relevant water standards such as the code of hygiene, using suspect sources of water, poor and misleading labelling.

KEBS permits have been suspended in accordance with the Standards Act CAP 496 of the Laws of Kenya and KEBS scheme of supervision and control.
The suspension comes in the wake of complaints from consumers on the quality of bottled water which has been in the market. Speaking during the a meeting attended by over four hundred (400) water manufacturing firms in Kenya, KEBS Managing Director, Charles Ongwae, said there has been an upsurge of unscrupulous water bottling firms which are not adhering to the laid down standards and procedures.

The KEBS Managing Director informed the suspended permit holders that KEBS is committed to work with them to achieve the required standards as a condition to recertification.

Mr. Ongwae, said water being a high risk product, there is an urgent need to ensure compliance to all regulations by the bottlers. The sector has been infiltrated by fraudulent players who are bottling substandard water and selling it to unsuspecting consumers. "Water is listed as a high risk commodity and a slight contamination can lead to sickness or even loss of life", added Ongwae.

The water bottling business is guided by the Kenya Standards/East Africa standards for bottled water whereby the water classification is determined by the source of the water and the method of purification.

Challenges in the water bottling industry:
Some of the key challenges are as follows;

  • Manufactures installing filtration systems without first seeking information on the requirements set out in standards. This includes;
  • Quality of the source water
  • Specifications for water
  • Code of hygiene
  • Operating companies relocating and not informing KEBS of the new location.
  • Lack of willingness to renew the permits on time
  • Manufacturers using similar brand names without registering with KIPI
  • Manufacturer's not identifying known suppliers of water treatment equipment hence purchasing equipment that are not efficient for water treatment.
  • Manufacturers making labels with Standardization mark that have not been issued to them by KEBS.

Kenya/East African Standards for Water

1. KS EAS 12:2014 - portable water specification
2. KS EAS 13:2014 - packaged natural water
3. KS EAS 153:2014 - packaged drinking water
4. KS 459-1:2007 - drinking water part 1
5. KS 459-9:1996 - code of hygiene practice
6. KS EAS 39:2000 - hygiene in the food and drink manufacturing industry - code of practice
7. KS EAS 38:2014 - labeling of pre-packaged foods - general requirements

Posted on: 29-02-2016

KEBS, in realization of the emerging challenges of maintaining food quality in learning institutions that provide mass catering services, has introduced a special program for quality assurance for these institutions. The program aims include:

  1. Training and creating awareness of the current food safety situation in learning institutions in Kenya.
  2. Providing regular and timely testing of foods bought and prepared in these institutions at KEBS laboratories.
  3. Carrying out follow up to ensure the safety procedures put in place are followed.

The thrust of the program will be mainly focused on Afflatoxin, Pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms and food safety practices. The program also aims at ensuring quality aspects are incorporated in food procurement procedures of these institutions.

For more information on the Workshop Please click on the link below to download the document.

Training Workshop Programme

More Dates and Locations are Listed Below


Date :08th AUG - 12th AUG 2016
Location: Eldoret


Date :01th AUG - 5th AUG 2016
Location: Nakuru


Date :12th SEPT - 15th SEPT 2016
Location: Kilifi


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