UNBS develops toothbrush standards

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is calling upon the public to comment on the suitability of the Manual toothbrush draft standard, DUS 466: 2020 Manual toothbrush — Specification, for implementation.

The Draft Uganda Standard, DUS 466: 2020 Manual Toothbrush — Specification, specifies the requirements, sampling and test methods for manual toothbrushes manufactured for oral hygiene.

The draft standard requires that the toothbrush shall be Intact and free from visible contamination, sharp and rough surfaces when examined. The cleaning element shall;

  • Consist of nylon filaments — 66; 610; 612, polyester filaments, poly butylene terephthalate filaments, thermoplastic elastomer, polyethylene filaments, polypropylene filaments, or any combinations of above materials.
  • Be free from any disagreeable odour, taste and toxic elements
  • The colours used on the cleaning element shall be non-toxic
  • The filaments shall be in the form of monofilament, co-extruded filaments, filled filaments, or structured filaments
  • The cross-section of the filaments shall be of circular, square, hexagonal, diamond, rectangular, or any other suitable shape.
  • The maximum protrusion of the cleaning elements from surface of head shall be 13 mm. and minimum shall be 7mm
  • The tops of tufts may be trimmed to any profile to suit individual design but shall be in a manner, which does not injure the gums while brushing
  • The packaging shall be such that it will neither contaminate nor permit contamination of the toothbrush, and more as stated out in the draft standard.

The public is free to comment on the draft standard starting 20th August to 19th October 2020.

The draft can be accessed on the UNBS website using this link https://unbs.go.ug/alerts.php?src=dsp   (at the bottom of the draft standards list), for review and the comments can be made using the comment form.

The request letter guides on how and where the comment form should be submitted.

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