Nairobi, May 7th, 2013
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has received advanced testing equipment from TradeMark Africa (TMA) to support implementation of a comprehensive standardization framework.

The equipment valued at Kshs. 63m consists of: a mass spectrometer, auto sampler, gas chromatograph, control software and assorted spares that will place KEBS at a strategic position to support local and regional initiatives to conduct quality assessment of goods so as to guarantee quality and safety.

“The use of the new technology will ensure our local products become competitive in both regional and international markets”, said Managing Director, KEBS Ms. Eva Oduor during the handover ceremony.

The partnership will also benefit some EAC Partner states that are yet to implement state-of-the-art technologies for testing of samples within their borders.

TradeMark Africa Kenya Country Director Dr. Chris Kiptoo noted that they are keen to support the implementation of a comprehensive framework for regional integration through various partnerships.

He added that TradeMark Africa (TMA) is will work closely with Kenyan agencies that support trade facilitation.

“We will continue to focus our efforts in building the capacity of the private sector and government agencies in East Africa. For prosperity to grow in the region, trade must increase. This initiative will contribute to trade increase”, reiterated Dr. Kiptoo.

The new partnership with KEBS will ensure a favourable standardization regulatory framework in Kenya, build the capacity for Standards Quality Management, Metrology and testing activities as well as ensure effective trade facilitation for Kenyan products in the regional market.

Other initiatives at the KEBS receiving support of TradeMark Africa (TMA) include development of a National Quality Policy and revision of the Standards Act. Both are integral in the development of regional trade.

About Kenya Bureau of Standards

Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) was established in July 1974. The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) is committed to providing Standardization and Conformity Assessment services that consistently meet its customers’ requirements and endeavour to exceed their expectations.
The Management of KEBS shall provide the necessary resources towards the effective implementation and continual improvement of the Quality Management System that complies with ISO 9001:2008.

Services offered include:

  • Testing
  • Product inspection
  • Product Certification
  • Enforcement of standards
  • Measurement (Calibration)
  • Management Systems Certification
  • Standards development and harmonization
  • Education and training in Standardization, Metrology and Conformity Assessment

Find out more about Trademark East Africa.

For more information, please contact:
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Patricia Kimanthi
Corporate Communications Manager
P. O. Box 54974 – 00200 Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 6948410/000, 0722 202 137/8, 0734 600 471/2
Cell: 0722 724 577;
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Nelson Karanja
Senior Communications Manager
TradeMark Africa
Tel:+254 20 4235221
Mobile:+254 722 678844 / 731 500 596
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Source: TradeMark Africa (TMA)


TradeMark Africa (TMA) is an aid-for-trade organisation that was established with the aim of growing prosperity in East Africa through increased trade. TradeMark Africa (TMA) operates on a not-for-profit basis and is funded by the development agencies of the following countries: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, UK, and USA. TradeMark Africa (TMA) works closely with East African Community (EAC) institutions, national governments, the private sector and civil society organisations.