On 14th July 2021, the  Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) announced a reduction in product certification fees for enterprises seeking to acquire the Quality Mark (Q-Mark). The reduced costs will promote the implementation of quality standards by enterprises. The UNBS recently intensified pressure on local manufacturers, especially food processors, to get product certification for their goods before going onto the market. The aim is to improve local consumers’ safety and ensure that Uganda products gain the confidence of international consumers.

The price reductions will help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and the private sector recover from the devastating effects of COVID-19 by cutting on the current costs of businesses operations. It also aligns with UNBS mandate to promote Buy Uganda–Build Uganda (BUBU) and enhance Ugandan exports to the regional and international markets.

Below are the new product certification fees:

  • UNBS is phasing out initial audit and surveillance fees of UGX 500,000. Enterprises will now access these services free of charge.
  • Micro and small enterprises will pay a reduced fee of UGX 500,000 (down from UGX 850,000) for a permit to use the Q-Mark for a period of 12 months.
  • Medium and large enterprises will pay a reduced fee of UGX 1,000,000 (down from UGX 1,300,000) for a permit to use the Q-Mark for a period of 12 months.
  • Batch certification (certificate of conformity) testing fee will be UGX 500,000
  • Manufacturers of bottled water, alcoholic beverages, and other soft drinks will now pay a standard certification fee of UGX 1,000,000 per brand for safety and quality monitoring instead of paying different fees for each product category.
  • The period to pay for fees is now 21 days from the payment notice date.

Enterprises will continue to pay for product laboratory testing fees depending on specific parameters such as chemical composition or physical characteristics to be analyzed.

How to apply 

About UNBS

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a Government Agency responsible for developing, promoting, and enforcing national standards in protecting Public Health and Safety and the Environment against harmful and sub-standard products.

 

For more information, contact:

Uganda National Bureau of Standards,

Plot 2 – 12, Bypass Link, Bweyogerere Industrial & Business Park,

P.O Box 6329 Kampala, Uganda.

Telephone: 256 417 333250

Toll-free line: 0800133133

E-mail: info@unbs.go.ug /ed@unbs.go.ug

Website: www.unbs.go.ug