Manufacturers applying for the Standardisation Mark (SM) will now be issued with a permit valid for two years and accessible electronically beginning July 1.
Revision of the scheme comes as KEBS seeks to improve efficiency and enhance the ease of doing business in Kenya by addressing logistical and administrative challenges, including delays in the processing of SM permits that have often led to loss of business opportunities and undue shortages of respective goods.
“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. Additionally, the SM Permit will also be prepared and transmitted electronically. This will save time and cut costs associated with manual applications,” says Bernard Njiraini, Managing Director, KEBS.
KEBS will also be issuing guidelines for accepting test reports which have been done in accredited laboratories for product certification.
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 years, KEBS inspectors will carry out targeted and random market surveillance, factory inspection and sampling the products for testing,” he adds.
In the revised scheme, firms will also be required to maintain in-house testing and quality control records, as agreed in the respective schemes of supervision and control. The records shall constitute the basis for maintenance of the product certification and future permit renewal.
Currently, 14,400 valid SM permits have been issued by KEBS to manufacturers.