New Kebs board chairman assumes office

by Correspondent

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) is on track to normalcy following the crisis that hit the quality institution.

Speaking during a courtesy call to the new Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Peter Munya, KEBS Managing Director, Dr. Moses Ikiara, said the organization is committed to delivering its mandate of protecting consumers, environment and also enhancing trade.

According to Ikiara, KEBS’ laboratories management system and competencies were this week assessed by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), who reconfirmed continual of Accreditation. They gave KEBS a clean bill after they established that the labs have a credible management system that complies to ISO 17025:2015 standard and have the requisite competencies to carry out the accredited tests.

“We are elated with this external affirmation of KEBS Laboratories, said Ikiara. KEBS is ranked 43 globally and the third in Africa, coming after South Africa and Egypt.

Accompanying the MD were KEBS board members led by the Chairman of the National Standards Council, Ken Wathome. The new Chairman said he will lead the National Standards Council to tackle issues of perception and concerns from various stakeholders in order to deliver value to Kenyans.

“I desire KEBS to be a respectable institution. I will work with the KEBS team in changing the current narrative.  I know this is a technical organization with a noble mission, vision and motto of driving standardization and a culture of quality and we must all work together to deliver services to Kenyans,” said Wathome.

The new chairman also challenged the organization to be innovative as they promote standards that will drive the Big 4 agenda as spelt out by the President.

Speaking during the same meeting, the Principal Secretary, State Department of Industry and Investment, Betty Maina said the Ministry is committed to ensure KEBS business continuity. We will assist the board in all processes to ensure that confidence is restored.

“There is need to stabilize the institution and minimize cyclical crisis and we call upon the board to put all effort to ensure the organization comes back to normal to serve the country as envisaged,” said the PS.

The Cabinet Secretary added that he is committed to ensuring a stable quality organization that promotes trade and safety for consumers. CS Munya will visit KEBS next week and thereafter address the media.

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