The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has revised the Standardization mark in a bid to enhance efficiency aimed at easing the cost of doing business.
In the new revision, KEBS will issue manufacturers with a two-year permit that will be accessible electronically from July 1, 2020.
The new move will extensively address the logistical and administrative challenges like delays in the processing of SM permits.
“Under the revised SM scheme, manufacturers will be issued with a permit that is valid for two years instead of one year as has been the case. Manufacturers will also be able to apply and make payment for the SM Permit online,” said Bernard Njiraini, Managing Director, KEBS.
KEBS is will also be issuing guidelines for accepting test reports which have been done in accredited laboratories for the purpose of product certification.
KEBS Standardization Mark is mandatory
The Standardization Mark (SM) permit, which is a mandatory requirement for placement of goods in the Kenyan market, is issued to manufacturers for products whose compliance with established standards has been ascertained.
“Under the revised SM scheme, the issuance of Standardization Mark Permits will be based on factory inspection and product sampling for laboratory tests. Throughout the two year period, KEBS inspectors will carry out targeted and random market surveillance, factory inspection and sampling the products for testing,” he added.
In the new scheme, firms will also have to maintain in-house testing and quality control records, as agreed in the respective schemes of supervision and control. These records shall constitute the basis for maintenance of the product certification and future permit renewal.