WEEKLY UPDATE 18th to 29th May 2020

UNBS certifies six (6) companies to produce non-medical facemasks

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has certified six (6) companies to produce non-medical facemasks as of 29th May 2020. This is in line with the UNBS mandate of consumer protection, aimed at protecting Ugandans from buying substandard non-medical facemasks which could be harmful to their health, in the wake of COVID-19. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11195

Mandatory facemask standards enforcement for Importers

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) wishes to inform all importers that enforcement of the mandatory facemask and respiratory protective devices standards shall be applicable to all shipments with Bill of Lading date 8th June 2020 and thereafter.  Importers are duly advised to communicate this to their suppliers and value chain partners. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11180

What constitutes a quality non-medical facemask?

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is giving out free non-medical mask standards to aid certification of facemask manufacturers and mass production of non-medical facemasks that meet the national quality standards. This is in line with the UNBS mandate of consumer protection, aimed at protecting Ugandans from buying substandard non-medical facemasks which could be harmful to their health, in the wake of COVID-19. But what constitutes a quality non-medical facemask? https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11160

How Face Mask Manufacturers can get UNBS Certification

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, there is a huge demand for masks and it is important to ensure that appropriate masks provide adequate protection are swiftly made available to those who need them. UNBS is offering manufacturers free standards for face masks to support them in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic. The applicable standards are US 2552:2020 – Non-medical Face Masks, US EN 14683 Medical Face Masks and US EN 149 Particle Filtering Half Masks. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11185

UNBS simplifying Uganda Standards to ease implementation by MSMEs

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) with support from the Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN) initiated a three-day online stakeholder engagement to develop easy-to-use standards information materials based on Uganda Standards to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. The event that kicked off Monday, follows a gap analysis undertaken in 2018/19 with support from CSN, to establish bottlenecks limiting access to markets for some food products from MSMEs. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11177

Executive Director’s Message on World Metrology Day 2020

On 20th May every year, Uganda through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the rest of the World to commemorate the World Metrology Day. The celebrations this year were run under the theme, Measurements for global trade. The celebrations come at a time when the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, the role of metrology (a science of measurement) in facilitating essential workers that are at the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be overlooked. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11165

UNBS celebrates World Metrology Day

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) joins the world to celebrate the international system of units. World Metrology Day is an annual celebration commemorating the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875. This treaty provides the basis for a worldwide coherent measurement system that underpins scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, as well as the improvement of the quality of life and the protection of the global environment. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11167

Role of weights and measures in trade facilitation

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” may be a popular cliché. But it serves to emphasise the importance of measurement in our day-to-day lives. Every aspect of our lives involves some form of measurement. From buying items at a grocery store to making decisions on what to wear. Metrology, which is the science of measurement, involves standardising the measurement process to achieve consistency, minimise errors, and ensure accuracy of measurements. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11171

World Metrology Day: Measurements in your everyday life

Every year on 20th of May, the world celebrates the World Metrology Day in commemoration of the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention (Convention du Mètre) in 1875. This provided the basis for a worldwide coherent measurement system that underpins scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, as well as the improvement of the quality of life and the protection of the global environment. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11174