Stakeholders urge UNBS to decentralise laboratory services

The business community in Mbarara has requested UNBS to decentralise its products testing services to effectively serve the community at grassroots.

Speaking at a Stakeholder engagement workshop, the Mbarara District Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Emmy .K. Turyabagyenyi, has warned the public against consuming uncertified drinks.

“Unless you see the UNBS mark on a bottle of water or any drink, please DO NOT take it!” he said.

Turyabagyenyi sounded the caution as he thanked Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) for organizing a stakeholder engagement with manufacturers, importers and traders of construction materials, electricals and electronic products based in Mbarara district.

During the engagement, the stakeholders were sensitized about the certification process and its benefits, the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme and the surveillance operations done by UNBS.

In response, the stakeholders also asked UNBS to acquire language translation gadgets to ease importation of products labelled in other languages other than English and holding stakeholder engagements to communicate dos and don’ts before surveillance operations, among other issues.

UNBS officers responded to the traders concerns and also asked them to comply with the set standards and ensure that their products are certified by UNBS before putting them on the market.

UNBS is to continue engaging stakeholders in different parts of the country to ensure to implement its mandate of developing and promoting standards, quality products and services to facilitate fair trade, promote local industries and protect consumers.