UNBS begins enforcement of new mandatory standards

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is set to kick-off the implementation and enforcement of 187 new mandatory standards.

This comes after the expiration of the notice for the declaration of Compulsory Standards (General Notice No. 472 of 2019 that was published in the New Vision of 25 April 2019 and Uganda Gazette on 3rd May 2019.

Mandatory standards refer to standards for products that directly affect the human and animal health and safety, provide quality requirements for products and services, affect the environment making COMPLIANCE a MUST. These include standards for food products, cosmetics, textiles, children’s toys, furniture, farm tools, engine oils and others.

The new mandatory standards include school uniform standards, Standards for Petrol stations, standards for glass for use in buildings, paper and paper product standards among others.

According to the Uganda National Bureau of Standards’ Use of Distinctive Mark Regulation 2018, all products covered by mandatory standards shall be certified and acquire a Distinctive Mark (Q-mark) before being placed on the market.

UNBS thus calls upon Manufacturers and MSMEs to ensure that they apply for a Distinctive Mark for their products as soon as possible.

More information about compulsory standards is available on the UNBS website, the UNBS Standards webstore (https://webstore.unbs.go.ugor visit any of our offices in Bweyogerere, Mbarara, Jinja, Mbale and Gulu.

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body responsible for developing and promoting standards, quality products and services to facilitate fair trade, promote local industries and protect consumers.