UNBS Unveils the First round of Inter-Laboratory Comparison (ILC) Program to assess competence

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is conducting the first round of the Inter-Laboratory Comparison program (ILC).

Participating in the Inter-Laboratory Comparison program is of great importance to laboratories because;

  • It shows competence of laboratories, attracting national, regional and international recognition
  • It ensures quality control of manufactured goods along the supply chain.
  • Reduces technical barriers to trade by building confidence and trust in the supplier’s certificates where goods have to go through destination lab tests
  • It ensures risk assessment & management
  • It facilitates investigations through a faster customer complaints and disputes handling process

During this process, testing results of different participating laboratories are compared to ensure accuracy.

During a stakeholder engagement meeting with laboratory owners recently, the UNBS Deputy ED in charge of Standards, Ms. Patricia Bageine Ejalu revealed that the First round of the Inter-Laboratory Comparison program is FREE OF CHARGE.

UNBS thus, encourages potential organizations/laboratories to take part, by submitting a fully filled application form available on the UNBS website to systemscertification@unbs.go.ug by 14th August 2020.

For laboratories to qualify, their operations should be meeting the relevant national & international standards.

To consumers; ILC aids better, safe and quality products for consumption since product testing results are from credible laboratories.

The first round of ILC program will involve 9 matrices; Drinking Water, Non-Carbonated Soft Drinks, Coffee, UHT Milk, Cereal Flour, Cosmetics, Steel, Cement and Electrical cables; majorly focusing on key safety parameters that have an impact on health and safety of the consumers.

About UNBS

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;

Sylvia Kirabo,

Principal Public Relations Officer,

Uganda National Bureau of Standards,

Bweyogerere Industrial Park,

Plot 2 – 12, Kyaliwajala Road,

P.O Box 6329 Kampala, Uganda

Tel: 0703196903

E-mail: sylvia.kirabo@unbs.go.ug

Website: www.unbs.go.ug