PVoC is a conformity assessment programme based on Article 5 of WTO-TBT agreement, administered by Kenya Bureau of Standards on behalf of the Government, carried out by the appointed KEBS Verification partners on regulated goods in the country of supply. The overall objective is to minimize the risk of unsafe and substandard goods entering Kenyan market, thus ensuring health, safety and environmental protection for Kenyans.
Basis of conformity Assessment To ensure equal national treatment, in line with WTO, all Conformity assessments shall be based on Kenyan technical regulations (i.e. Kenya Standard) where they exist. However, in the absence of Kenyan technical regulations, International Standard or technical regulations applicable in the country of supply shall apply
Appointed PVoC agents and their designated regions of responsibilities
The three (3) inspection companies (PVoC Agents) namely; Messrs Bureau Veritas, Intertek International and Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) have been contracted by KEBS to undertake PVoC activities in the new contract effective from 18th Jan. 2012.The new contract provides for more than one PVoC Agent per region thus providing a choice to the exporters/ importers.
KEBS has also signed an agreement with China Certification and Inspection Group under the framework of Technical corporation between China and Kenya Governments.
Consequently, KEBS shall recognize conformity assessment activities and certificates issued by CCIC under the agreement for products originating from China.
How are goods accompanied by CoC handled at the port of entry(Kenya )?
PVoC programme is independent of and additional to any existing import processes such as destination inspection (DI). Goods accompanied by CoC will be subjected to surveillance inspection based on the pre-determined surveillance plan. However, KEBS will endeavor to release such goods without undue delays.
Any regulated goods arriving at the port of entry without a CoC will be subjected to DI at a fee equivalent to 15% of the CIF value of the same. The importer will be further required to execute a redeemable bond of a similar amount pending quality verification
Kenya liaison offices
To contact the PVOC agents using their Kenya liaison offices please use the contact information below:
BUREAU VERITAS - KENYA Office
First Floor, ABC Place,
Waiyaki Way- Westlands
Phone: + 254 20 445 05 60/1/2/3/4
Fax: + 254 20 445 05 65
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org CCIC - KENYA Office
Ain Guest House,
Off Argwings Kodhek road- Hurlinharm
Phone: + 254 710 458752
INTERTEK INTERNATIONAL LTD - KENYA OFFICE
House of Vanguard, 4th Floor,
Chiromo Road, Westlands,
Tel: +254 20 4449132 / +254 20 8155274/5
Mobile: +254 736 715456 or +254 714900397
Fax: +254 (0)20 4449212
Route A: Under this Route, products to be shipped have to be both tested and physically inspected to demonstrate conformity to relevant standards. This route is open to all products being exported by either traders or manufacturers
Download: Procedure for Certification - Route A
Route B: This route offers a fast track certification process for goods with reasonable and consistent levels of quality through registration of such products by the PVoC Agent. Product registration is recommended to Exporters having frequent shipments of homogenous products. The registration is valid for a period of one year. Shipments of registered products are exempted from mandatory testing and certification may be based on physical inspection only. However, random testing of registered product is still required to ensure product conformity throughout the registration period. The following products are however not eligible for registration under Route B (i.e. are subject to certification under Route A only);
Cereals and pulses such as Rice, wheat, beans, Maize etc
Animal and Fishery products (fresh and frozen- not further processed)
Route C: This route is open only to manufacturers who can demonstrate existence of a quality management system in their production/ manufacturing process. It involves auditing of such production processes and licensing of products manufactured thereof by authorized PVoC Agent(s) in line with ISO Guide 28: 2004. On successful conclusion of this process, the manufacturer will be presented with a License for the relevant products valid for a period of one (1) year. Licensed products shall be subject to random physical inspection by authorized PVoC Agent(s) prior issuance of Certificate of Conformity and subsequent shipping of the same. However the PVoC Agent(s) shall carry out limited testing during the license valid period.
The PVoC Agent(s) will review the Request for Certification (RFC) received from the exporter before determining the most appropriate certification route and the applicable standard to be used in the certification process.
NOTE: Labeling and self life requirements All labeling of packaging of imports shall include English and / or Swahili. Packaged goods (e.g. foodstuffs, chemicals, cosmetics, and similar) shall indicate the batch numbers and dates of expiration and/or date of production. All imports with a limited shelf life shall have more than seventy five per cent (75%) shelf life from the date of expected arrival in Kenya.
PHYSICAL INSPECTION AND DOCUMENTARY REVIEW
Route A: Ad Valorem fee of 0.500% of the FOB Value of the goods.
Route B: Ad Valorem fee of 0.450% of the FOB Value of the goods.
Route C: Ad Valorem fee of 0.275% of the FOB Value of the goods.
The above fees are subject to a minimum of USD 220, for routes A and B and C. The maximum fee is USD 2375.
PRODUCT REGISTRATION FEE (ROUTE B):
USD 375 for the first 15 products/ line items. Every additional product/ line item above 15 products/ items is charged an additional USD 20.
MANUFACTURING LICENSING (ROUTE C):
To be determine by PVoC Agents on case by case basis.
SAMPLING AND TESTING:
To be determine by PVoC Agents on case by case basis in all the routes.