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Step 1 :  Preliminary Investigation

When a client expresses interest in certification services, the KEBS CB determines whether the client is sufficiently prepared for the audit process. Submit your System Certification Applications Here: The client may also be issued with the sample contract upon request.

ISO 9001
Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2015)

Today, more than ever before, it is important to match your services and products to the needs of your customer. As the international business environment becomes increasingly competitive, customers are more and more demanding where quality is concerned. The adoption of (QMS) therefore should be a strategic decision by an organization to ensure Delivery of service and/or product that meets customer requirements.

ISO 9001:2015;

  • Applies to the processes that create and control the products and services an organization supplies
  • Prescribes systematic control of activities to ensure that the needs and expectations of customers are met
  • Is designed and intended to apply to virtually any product or service, made by any process anywhere in the world

Below are some of the benefits that are enjoyed by companies implementing QMS:

  • Increased Efficiency
  • Improved Consistency
  • Improved quality of product/service
  • Better-Motivated Employees
  • Cost Savings
  • Fewer Mistakes
  • Less Re-work
  • Less Waste
  • Wider Market Opportunities
  • Increased Customer Satisfaction
  • Increased competitiveness
  • Increased profits
  • Better use of time and resources
  • Improved communication

Environmental Management System

Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the National Standards Body of Kenya has been providing service to the Kenyan industry for more than five decades by way of formulation of national standards and operation of product certification scheme.
KEBSlaunched Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Certification as per IS/ISO 14000 Series of Standards in the wake of increasing public awareness about the environment which has become an important factor in the decision making process of the organizationsThese standards are adoption of and identical to the internationally accepted ISO 14000 Series of Standards on Environmental Management Systems.

This Scheme envisages grant of Environmental Management Systems Certification Licence to organizations according to IS/ISO 14001, which is identical with ISO 14001:2004.

iso 27001
Information Security Management System (ISMS)- ISO/IEC 27001:2013

Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Certification Body (CB) is offering Certification on  ISO 27001:2013,(ISO/IEC 27000-series) standards which provide good practice guidance on designing, implementing and auditing Information Security Management System (ISMS) to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of  the information on which we all depend.
Information is critical to the operation and perhaps even the survival of your organization. Being certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 will help you to manage and protect your valuable information assets.

ISO/IEC 27001 is the only auditable international standard which defines the requirements for ISMS. The standard is designed to ensure the selection of adequate and proportionate security controls.

ISO 22000
Food Certification

Food Safety is related to the presence of food borne hazards in food at the point of consumption. Food reaches to consumers via supply chains that may link many different types of players. One weak link can result in unsafe food that is dangerous to health. As food safety hazards can occur in the food chain at any stage, adequate control throughout the supply chain is essential. This has necessitated the need for establishing a food safety management system by all players since Food safety is a joint responsibility of all players along the food chain including, producers, manufacturers, transport and storage operators, sub-contractors, retail and food service outlets and service providers.

In order to compete regionally and globally, players must keep up with growing trends and market demands and must demonstrate that their products, processes and services meet the highest levels of safety and quality.

KEBS CB provides the various players and the food industry with audit and certification solutions against a variety of food safety certification schemes and certify Food safety systems against a range of internationally and regionally-recognized standards such as:

  • FSSC 22000 - a scheme recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
  • ISO 22000 – Food Safety Management system
  • HACCP – Food safety based on CODEX Alimentarius Food hygiene requirements
  • GHP+ for Catering Establishments
  • GMP – Good Manufacturing practices

Our certification services help operators to demonstrate their commitment to food safety and quality and will enable you to alleviate risk, achieve compliance, improve efficiency in operations and ensure sustainability and thus meet your contractual obligations, regulatory requirements and gain access to new and global markets.


FSSC 22000 is based on the widely recognized Food Management System Standard ISO 22000, the industry relevant Pre-Requisite Program (PRP) and FSSC defined additional requirements (which includes food defense, food fraud prevention and allergen management among others). The Scheme is owned by an independent non-profit organization and it is GFSI benchmarked. KEBS CB is licensed to offer FSSC 22000 certification for both food manufacturing and food packaging sectors.

Benefits of FSSC certification

  • Increased market access because FSSC 22000 is GFSI benchmarked, recognized and accepted globally
  • Identification and control of food safety hazards hence reduced risk of food safety incidents.
  • In depth and rigorous food safety audits
  • Creation of food safety culture and increased operational control.
  • Increased marketability, recognition, competitiveness and customer trust
  • Continually improve and update implemented systems for efficiency and effectiveness

FSSC 22000 V5

FSSC published version 5 of FSSC 22000 on 3 June 2019. The main reasons for publishing a revised version included:

  • Publication of the new ISO 22000:2018 standard
  • Compliance with GFSI requirements
  • Inclusion of the board of stakeholders list of decisions
  • Continual improvement process



ISO 22000:2018 defines what an Operator must do to demonstrate her ability to control food safety hazards and ensure that food, feed or related products are safe for consumption or use. The purpose of ISO 22000:2018 is to empower an Operator to develop a robust Food Safety Management System (FSMS) that drives continuous improvement of all processes with an impact on the safety of end-products.

It specifies requirements for a FSMS to enable an organization that is directly or indirectly involved in the food chain:

a) to plan, implement, operate, maintain and update a FSMS providing products and services that are safe, in accordance with their intended use;

b) to demonstrate compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory food safety requirements;

c) to evaluate and assess mutually agreed customer food safety requirements and to demonstrate conformity with them;

d) to effectively communicate food safety issues to interested parties within the food chain;

e) to ensure that the organization conforms to its stated food safety policy;

f) to demonstrate conformity to relevant interested parties;

g) to seek certification or registration of its FSMS or make a self-assessment.

Aimed at all operators of food, feed and related products, regardless of size or sector, ISO 22000 translates food safety management into a continuously improving process. It takes a precautionary approach to food safety by helping to identify, prevent and reduce foodborne hazards in the food and feed chains.

When to transit

Due to the changes ISO 22000:2005, the standard will expire in June 2021. We advise our clients to make the transition to ISO 22000:2018 before June 29, 2021 in order to remain certified.

Changes in the standard

The major changes to the standard include modifications to its structure as well as clarifying key concepts such as:

The high level structure (HLS): in order to make life easier for businesses using more than one management system standard, the new version of ISO 22000:2018 follow the same structure as all the other ISO management system standards, the HLS.

The risk approach: the standard now includes a different approach to understanding risk.

The PDCA cycle: the standard clarifies the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle, by having two separate cycles in the standard working together: one covering the management system and the other, covering the principles of HACCP.

The operation process: a clear description is given of the differences between key terms such as: Critical Control Points (CCPs), Operational Prerequisite Programmes (oPRPs) and Prerequisite Programmes (PRPs).

Its latest improvements include:

Adoption of the High-Level Structure common to all ISO management system standards, making it easier for organizations to combine ISO 22000 with other management systems (such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001) at a given time

A new approach to risk – as a vital concept in the food business – which distinguishes between risk at the operational level and the business level of the management system

Strong links to the Codex Alimentarius, a United Nations food group that develops food safety guidelines for governments

Benefits of ISO 22000 Certification

Achievement of ISO 22000:2018 certification helps operators to:

  • identify and control food safety hazards and reduce risk of food safety incidents.
  • generate food safety culture and increase operational control.
  • increase marketability, recognition, competitiveness, market access and customer trust
  • Continually improve and update implemented systems for efficiency and effectiveness

Upgrading ISO 22000 certification

If already certified to ISO 22000, an Operator can make a smooth transition to FSSC 22000 to gain GFSI recognition. Transition to FSSC 22000 can be made by implementing the PRP standard relevant to your industry and the additional requirements set by FSSC.


HACCP is a risk management tool that used to manage food safety risks. It allows an operator to systematically identify food safety hazards and put in place control limits at critical points to manage the hazards during production processes. HACCP certification demonstrates to customers an operators’ commitment to producing or trading in safe products.

Benefits of HACCP

  • Effectively manage food safety risks in the segment of the food chain you operate
  • Having in place internationally recognized food safety hazard controls
  • Give your customers confidence in your controls
  • Continually review and improve your system so it stays effective


Good Manufacturing Practices are procedures and best practices undertaken to remove, reduce and control physical, chemical and biological hazards in the processing setting. The practices are important enrichment to an Operators’ food safety management system, increasing customers’ confidence in your commitment to producing and trading in safe products. GMP can form a foundation upon which Operators could develop and implement other food safety systems such as HACCP and ISO 22000. GMP certification ensures the integrity of an Operators food manufacturing processes as well as compliance with food safety regulations.

iso 18001

ISO/IEC 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems 

Requirements with guidance for use is the internationally recognized assessment specification for OHSMS. It was developed and prepared by project committee ISO/PC 283, occupational health and safety management systems.

The purpose of an OH&S management system is to provide a framework for managing OH&S risks. The intended outcomes of the OH&S management system are to prevent work-related injury and ill health to workers and to provide safe and healthy workplaces; consequently, it is critically important for the organization to eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks by taking effective preventive and protective measures.
When these measures are applied by the organization through its OH&S management system, they improve its OH&S performance. An OH&S management system can be more effective and efficient when taking early action to address opportunities for improvement of OH&S performance.
Implementing an OH&S management system conforming to this document enables an organization to manage its OH&S risks and improve its OH&S performance. An OH&S management system can assist an organization to fulfil its legal requirements and other requirements.

ISO 45001:2018 addresses the following key areas:

• Hazard Identification, Assessment of risks and opportunities.
• Managing OH & S risks
• Legal and Other Requirements
• OHS Objectives and planning to achieve them
• Resources, Roles, Responsibility, Accountability and Authority
• Competence, Training and Awareness
• Communication, Participation and Consultation
• Operational planning and Control
• Emergency Preparedness and Response
• Monitoring, Measurement, analysis and Performance evaluation
• Improvement.

The Benefits

OHSMS promotes a safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework that allows organizations to consistently identify and control their health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, aid legislative compliance and improve overall performance (Prevent work-related injury and ill health to workers and to provide safe and healthy workplaces)
• Improves the efficiency of internal operations
• Improved employee safety and the quality of the working environment
• Compliance with applicable legal requirements
• Demonstrate high levels of occupational health and safety when bidding for international contracts
• Improves the reliability of your internal operations to meet customer requirements and overall performance
• Gain significant improvement in staff motivation and commitment and understanding of their responsibility in helping ensure workplace safety

Other Certification schemes offered include;
  • ISO 30401- Knowledge Management Systems
  • Integrated Management Systems
  • ISO 22301 – Business Continuity Management Systems
  • KS 2573 - Hygiene Certification for food establishments and restaurants
  • ISO 39001 – Road Transport Safety Management Systems
  • ISO 50001 - Energy Management Systems
  • ISO 13485 – Medical Devices certification
  • ISO 14024 - Ecolabelling
  • ISO 18788 - Management system for private security operations.
  • Eco mark Certification Scheme

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