These are the activities carried out and measures taken by the Kenya Bureau of Standards to ensure that products in the Kenyan market comply with the requirements set out in the approved specifications and do not endanger health, safety or the environment.
Monitoring of products in the Kenyan market to ensure that they conform to relevant technical regulations (Kenya Standards or Approved Specifications) with respect to health, safety and environmental requirements, and to ensure that fair trade practices are promoted.
Market surveillance is conducted in compliance with Article 46 (1) (a), (b) and (c) of the Constitution of Kenya Revision 2010. Market surveillance is also anchored in the Standards Act and related Regulations (in terms of enforcement of Sections 9, 10 and 12 of the Standards Act and Legal Notice No. 78 of 15th July 2005). Powers of appointments of MS officers as inspectors and powers to carry out MS inspections are drawn from Sections 13 and 14 of the Standards Act. As a result of ongoing East African regional harmonisation of SMCA procedures and regulations, market surveillance in the East African Community is buttressed by Section 6 of the EAC SQMT Regulations 2013.
Ministry of Health (Public Health Division), Department of Weights and Measures, Pest Control Board, Kenya Dairy Board (KDB), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), Consumer Federation of Kenya (COFEK), Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA), Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya National Chamber of Commerce (KNCC), Kenya Police etc.