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A Standard is a technical document detailing the criteria necessary to ensure that a material, product, service, or procedure is fit for the purpose it was intended.

Standards serve as a guide for production of goods and provision of services, and are a basis for trade transactions.

Stakeholders: consumers, academia, industry, professionals, government, relevant associations and any interested party can request for initiation of standards development.

Standards affect everybody including but not limited to industry, importers, exporters, consumers, regulators and society at large.

Standard This is a document, established by consensus and approved by a recognized body that provides for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for products or related processes and production methods. They may include: terminology, symbols, packaging, marking or labeling requirements.

NOTE: Standards should be based on the consolidated results of science, technology and experience, and aimed at the promotion of optimum community benefits.


Document providing binding legislative rules, that is adopted by a designated authority of the government.

Technical regulation Mandatory standards or regulations that make reference to standards or sections thereof to lay down product characteristics, their related processes:

(e.g. specifications, codes of practice or guidelines) set by regulatory bodies that make reference to standards.

Standards are available at the Standards Information Center (SIC) based at KEBS Headquaters and at all regional offices at a fee. The SIC is open to all members of the public.

There is a catalogue of developed standards (standards catalogue) which is available online at [ ]

The benefits include :

  1. Ensure quality of products and services
  2. Safeguards the environment, health and safely of the consumer
  3. Minimization of wastage
  4. Reduction of costs of production
  5. Incresed productivity in the industry
  6. Removal of trade barrier
  7. Access of markets
  8. Competitiveness
  9. Better communication
  10. Transfer of technology
  11. Better utillization of resources
  12. Efficiency

Stage One

Proposal Stage

1.1 Formal requests to develop Kenya standard originate from the Manufacturers/service providers, consumers, members of the TC, Government Ministry, Corporate Body or NGO and submitted to the Managing Director, Kenya Bureau of Standards, for consideration by the SPC .

1.2 Once proposals for new work items have been received by the Secretariat, or the Secretariat determines that there is need to undertake development of a particular standard, TC secretary shall prepare a justification containing:

  • title,
  • scope,
  • purpose and application
  • -explain why the standard is needed e.g. the economic,commercial/industrial, safety, environmental, health, consumer protection, transfer of technology or other benefits of the proposal
  • main stakeholders to benefit from the standard i.e. who will be the main users of the standard
  • main stakeholders to benefit from the standard i.e. who will be the main users of the standard
  • mention any relevant problems in the industry or technology

1.3 The TC Secretary shall then either:

convene a TC meeting to consider the proposal or circulate New work item ballot form together with the justification to all TC members giving them 21 days to respond.

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