Ensure their products or goods meet the regulations and quality requirements of Kenya before shipment by carrying out tests based on relevant Kenya Standards or approved specifications and/or obtaining the necessary Certificate of Conformity (CoC) from the appointed PVoC Agents for all products subject to the PVoC program.
Six (6) inspection companies (PVoC Agents) namely; Messrs Bureau Veritas, Cotecna, China Certification & Inspection (Group) Inspection Co. Ltd, Intertek International, SGS and QISJ have been contracted by KEBS to undertake PVoC activities. The role of these agents is to undertake conformity assessment activities in the country of origin for products and vehicles being imported into Kenya. These activities include inspection, sampling, testing, sealing of full-load containers and issuance of COCs/ COIs/ CORs.
Ensure that only quality goods gain entry into the country as provided for in the Standards Act Cap 496, Laws of Kenya and The Verification of Conformity to Kenya Standards of Imports Order, 2005 (Legal Notice No. 78 of 15th July 2005), thereby protecting consumer health and safety as well as environment in addition to promoting fair trade practices.
KRA’s mandate is Trade Facilitation, Border Security, Revenue Collection, Enforcement of prohibitions and restrictions. KRA will use the Certificate of Conformity as one of the reference document for cargo clearance.
In line with the Public Notice jointly issued by KEBS and KRA on 13th November, 2015, the requirement for inspection and issuance of Certificate of Conformity was expanded to cover ALL IMPORTS.These measures take effect for goods shipped from the country of supply/origin on or after 1st December 2015.
Goods already certified by KEBS under the Diamond Scheme shall be accepted based on the Diamond mark Certification Goods manufactured within the EAC partner states shall be cleared in line with the provision of the EAC SQMT.