Weekly Update 1st to 12th June 2020


Shifting of testing laboratories from Nakawa to UNBS Head offices in Bweyogerere

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) informs the public that effective Thursday 11th June, 2020, UNBS will not be receiving samples for testing at the Nakawa office. This is to allow for preparations to shift the UNBS testing laboratories (Chemistry, Microbiology and Electrical laboratories) from Nakawa to the UNBS head offices in Bweyogerere, https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11213

Over 160 standards considered for approval

Over 160 standards were considered for approval by the National Standards Council committee on Standards & Technical matters, as presented by respective Technical Committee Chairs from different sectors in an online meeting. The different sectors included; Management & Services which presented 58 standards, Chemicals & consumer products which presented 23 standards, Engineering which presented 67 standards and Food & Agriculture which presented 17 standards.

COVID-19 & IMPORTS: The Electronic Single Window for faster clearance of imports

In an unprecedented global health crisis, trade is essential to save lives and livelihoods; and international co-operation is needed to keep trade flowing. In the midst of significant uncertainty, we have to keep supply chains flowing, especially for essentials such as health supplies and food; and avoid making things worse, through unnecessary export restrictions and other trade barriers. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11220

UNBS certifies four (4) more companies to produce Non-Medical Facemasks

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has certified four (4) more companies to produce non-medical facemasks as of 2nd June 2020, bringing the total number of certified non-medical facemasks manufactures to ten (10). 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. The updated list of certified companies includes; https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11206

World Food Safety Day: Food Safety, Everyone’s Business

Everyone has the right to safe, nutritious and sufficient food. This right is enshrined in the Constitution of Uganda. However, almost one in ten people in the world fall ill after eating contaminated food. When food is not safe, children cannot learn, adults cannot work and human development cannot take place. Safe food is critical to promoting health and ending hunger, two of the primary goals of the 2030 Agenda – Sustainable Development Goals. There is no food security without food safety and in a world where the food supply chain has become more complex, any adverse food safety incidents may have global negative effects on public health, trade and the economy. https://blog.unbs.go.ug/?p=11208