Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) staff has been urged to observe high level of standards as the agency executes its mandate of facilitating trade and protecting Kenyans and the environment from substandard products.
Speaking during the bureau’s end of year party, KEBS Managing Director, Charles Ongwae noted that the organisation has achieved remarkable growth however, urged the staff to refocus their attention in making the agency the best in Africa. Currently, KEBS is ranked third leading standardisation body in the continent with South Africa and Egypt being ahead.
“We have achieved numerous milestones during the financial year 2014-2015 and as per the results on the first quarter of 2015-2016, I can confirm to all of you that we are on the right track but a lot still needs to be done,” said Ongwae who has addressing the staff members drawn from across the country.
Ongwae noted KEBS’ management is on a mission to transform the standardisation body to being the best run government institution not only in Kenya but globally, owing to the fact that bureau plays a critical role of contributing to public’s confidence as well as the stability of the nation’s economy.
He further directed all KEBS staff to be brand ambassadors championing standardisation with a goal of being the change agents in ridding the country substandard goods.
During the same function, the MD said KEBS was in the process of transitioning to the new secured Import Standardisation Mark and urged all importers to ensure they acquire the stamps from KEBS’ headquarters before importing their goods to the country.
He said KEBS has issued millions of secured stickers to importers. He at the same time urged Kenyans to send a text message to KEBS SMS Service number 20023 to check if the product they are buying is genuine or not.
Besides the secured ISM, KEBS SMS Service will complement the effort of identifying illegal use of KEBS quality marks through public participation using mobile phones via SMS services.
The SMS Service is also used in the verification of KEBS staff particularly Quality Inspectors and Market Surveillance Officers who make industrial visits and goods outlets.
This will minimize the possibility of impersonation of KEBS staff.