Weekly Update 18th to 22nd November 2019

UNBS, ERA sign MoU for procurement and hosting equipment for testing electricity meters

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) for the procurement and hosting of equipment to test electricity meters. The equipment will be installed at UNBS. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11014

Makip (U) director convicted for dealing in substandard products

The standards court has convicted Patrick Kariuku Maina, the director of Makip (U) Limited for manufacturing for sale, substandard plastic carrier bags contrary to the UNBS Act as amended 2013. Kariuku has been sentenced three years imprisonment or pay a fine of Sh20 million. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11011

UNBS commended for improved customer services

The minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Hon. Amelia Kyambadde has commended Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) for the improved customer services. While officiating at a stakeholder engagement with Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) proprietors in Mpigi district, Kyambadde noted that UNBS has done a lot to reach out to its clients like opening up regional offices, simplifying the certification process, use of electronic means (e-services), among others. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=10998

UNBS intensifies standards enforcement

In line with its mandate of enforcing standards to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) surveillance team has carried out numerous operations across the country; https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11000

Council, Management train in corporate governance

Members of the National Standards Council and the Management team of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) have undergone training in Governance risk management and compliance in the public sector. The training is essential in ensuring a well-functioning management team that is crucial in ensuring that all components of UNBS are working effectively. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11004

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. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=10995

TC on Food and Agriculture review standards for approval

The Technical Committee on Food and Agriculture, TC2 held its 51st meeting to review standards recommended to the National Standards Council for approval.  Among the standards discussed were Milk and milk products, flour, bread. Participants observed that the committee needs to focus on areas of food fraud and which these standards seek to address. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11007