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  • Food products
  • Water samples
  • Environmental monitoring samples
  • Cosmetics
  • Hygiene monitoring samples
  • Antimicrobial agents among others

The laboratory uses validated methods to isolate, enumerate and identify microorganisms for the purposes of:

  • Pathogen testing
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Strain identification and characterization
  • Process control/quality
  • Testing for spoilage organism
  • Testing for indicator organism
  • Testing for probiotic organism
  • Antimicrobial efficacy/ Antibacterial activity

KEBS Microbiology laboratory is also a provider of traceable microbiological reference cultures, Proficiency Testing (PT) samples and tailor made training solutions/advisory services to laboratory technical staff, institutions of higher learning and other industry players.

For a detailed list and description of services offered click here

KEBS Microbiology laboratories implement a quality system based on ISO/IEC 17025:2005(General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories) and have been accredited since the year 2002. Our laboratories are currently accredited by South African National Accreditation Service (SANAS).

The Laboratory is managed by a highly credentialed and technically competent manager that works with a team of skilled and experienced technical staff. The technical staff comprise of university graduates (at MSc and BSc levels) and technicians who hold national and higher national diplomas. An emphasis on continuous training helps keep our staff on the cutting edge of industry developments.

The laboratory is adequately equipped with state of the art equipment such as Biosafety (level 2) cabinets, freeze dryers, precision refrigerated incubators, ultralow temperature freezers, autoclaves among others and comprehensive biochemical and serological identification kits. These resource capabilities have enabled us offer a wide scope of microbiological measurement solutions.

The services provided by the microbiology laboratory are targeted at meeting the diverse testing needs of a broad range of clientele that include but are not limited to manufacturers, Testing laboratories,   Non-governmental Organizations, Government   departments, Research institutions, Merchants and KEBS Quality Inspectors who check for compliance to Kenya Standards.


Clarkson Agembo
Head of Laboratory
Testing Services Department
Kenya Bureau of Standards
Popo road, off Mombasa road
PO. Box 54794 – 00200
Nairobi, Kenya
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