Kebs urges manufacturers to improve the quality and safety of goods

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Standardization stamp of the KEBS. [Gideon Maundu, Standard]

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has urged local manufacturers to ensure quality products that are safe and can compete effectively in the marketplace.

Kebs Coast Regional Manager Charles Musee, speaking during a meeting with CEOs from companies in the region, said they have also begun rapid testing of raw materials, including imported corn, to ensure they are free of aflatoxins.

“We want you to strive for the Diamond Mark of Quality to ensure that the country brands themselves are the source of superior products in the region,” Musee said.

The Diamond Mark of Quality, also known as the D-Mark, is a voluntary product certification system operated by Kebs. It is a mark of excellence awarded to manufacturers who have demonstrated a high level of excellence in product manufacturing and quality.

“The diamond shows that a manufacturer consistently adheres to the requirements of processes. A number of companies have already been awarded the D-Mark for their consistency and compliance with standards. I urge manufacturers to redouble their efforts to improve the quality of their products,” Musee said.

He said Kebs has set up a rapid testing lab for aflatoxins at the Lunga Lunga-Tanzania border to ensure corn imported into the country is safe.

Musee, who was flanked by Henry Rotich, the agency’s director of metrology and testing, also issued certificates of compliance for Pwani Oil, Mabati Rolling Mills, Coast Cables and Coast Battlers during the meeting.

He said the organization had also launched a campaign to rid the market of substandard goods through its revamped surveillance department, although he urged stakeholders to be vigilant.

“Our surveillance department has been working to eradicate inferior goods. We want to make sure that goods manufactured in the country are of high quality,” he said, adding, “Kebs works with other agencies in other countries to harmonize standards for manufactured goods.”

He added: “We wanted to educate the CEOs about the services we offer to the factories in the area and also to the service industry. We have quality assurance services, metrology services, testing services and we also support certification services related to quality management systems and we also train the industry through our national quality institute.”

dr Rotich said her focus is on strengthening stakeholder collaboration and improving the quality of products made in the country.

“We are working on several initiatives to make our country very competitive as an investment and production location. The focus is on improving the quality of our infrastructure so that the products are accepted when exported,” he said.

“Kebs is now taking advantage of the open door policy for industry and manufacturers. You are cordially invited to exchange ideas. Let’s argue together and move on,” he added.

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