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PUBLIC NOTICE TO IMPORTERS, MANUFACTURERS, HARDWARE SHOPS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON IMPORTATION, MANUFACTURING AND SALE OF PLASTIC PIPING SYSTEMS AND FITTINGS MADE FROM POLYPROPYLENE (PP), POLYETHYLENE (PE), UNPLASTICIZED POLYVINYL CHLORIDE (PVC-U), PPR AND HDPE
Posted on: 24-05-2016

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) is a state corporation established under the Standards Act Cap 496 of the Laws of Kenya. It is mandated to among other things carry out inspection of imported and locally manufactured products in order to ensure that only quality goods enter and are sold in the country.

KEBS is concerned with the quality of plastic pipes and fittings in the market. We have noted that not all importers/manufacturers of the said products are following the set Standards in respect to marking and labelling hence making it difficult to trace back to the source any products found to be substandard in the market.

Consequently, the Kenya Bureau of Standards wishes to inform all importers, manufacturers, hardware shops and the general public that any plastic pipes and fittings found unmarked as per the requirements of the relevant Kenya Standards in the market after 1ST July 2016 shall be seized for destruction and such dealers prosecuted as per the Standards Act. Further, please be informed that penalties for contravening the Standards Act are not less than Kshs 100,000/- (Kenya shillings one hundred thousand) per count.

MANAGING DIRECTOR


INVITATION TO PROPOSE SUBJECTS FOR STANDARDIZATION WORK
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;


KEBS SUSPENDS PERMITS TO USE KEBS MARKS OF QUALITY ON THEIR PRODUCTS FOR 369 WATER BOTTLING FIRMS WHICH HAVE NOT MET THE LAID OUT STANDARDS
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


FOOD SAFETY FOR LEARNING INSTITUTIONS. (TRAINING WORKSHOP)
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

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

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

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

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