The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has destroyed 232 metric tonnes of substandard goods worth UGX 2.5 billion.
This is in line with UNBS mandate of enforcing standards in protection of public health and safety, and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.
A substandard product is one that does not meet the general and technical specifications required by the standards and as such, is considered to be inferior or of poor quality.
The substandard goods destroyed include foodstuffs, iron sheets, cosmetics, cement, mattresses, toilet paper, polythene bags, electronics and alcohol, among others.
The destroyed products were seized during countrywide operations carried out by the UNBS Market Surveillance and Imports Inspection departments in the course of the financial year 2019/2020.
In a bid to intensify the fight against substandard products, UNBS reviewed its regulations, among them;
- The Imports Inspection and Clearance Regulation 2018, which requires that goods covered by compulsory standards must be inspected in their country of origin before they are allowed on the market under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards Program(PVoC) .
- The UNBS Distinctive Mark Regulation 2018, which requires all locally manufactures goods covered by compulsory standards must be certified and issued with UNBS Distinctive Mark before they are allowed on the market.
The list of goods covered by compulsory standards is available on the UNBS website via https://unbs.go.ug
UNBS thus urges importers and local manufacturers to adhere to the above regulations, and the public to report cases of substandard products on the market using our toll free line: 0800133133 or WhatsApp line: 0713227580.
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body responsible for developing and promoting standards and quality of products and services to facilitate fair trade, promote local industries and protect consumers.
For more information please contact;
Principal Public Relations Officer,
Uganda National Bureau of Standards,
Bweyogerere Industrial Park,
Plot 2 – 12, Kyaliwajala Road,
P.O Box 6329 Kampala, Uganda