KEBs to set up Sh300m testing lab in Mombasa
Source: Business Daily
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) is setting up a laboratory in Mombasa at a cost of more than Sh300 million.
Managing Director Charles Ongwae said the lab will save business owners the time and cost of sending samples to Nairobi, besides facilitating trade.
“There are a number of tests that cannot be done in Mombasa and importers have been sending samples to Nairobi but this will be a thing of the past,” he said at the Bandari College while addressing a forum for business owners in the region.
The laboratory will be located in Mombasa’s central business district along Nkrumah Road in a seven-storey building
“Setting up a lab is very expensive and the European Union is partly funding the project to the tune of Sh300 million with the funding being channelled through the Standards and Market Access Programme (SMAP) but we are also going to invest more funds in the project,” he said.
“About Sh250 million has already been spent on buying equipment that will be shared between this facility and the one in Nairobi.
"The equipment is already
In order to conform to standards, imports and exports are subjected to quality assurance tests that are carried out by
He noted that the lab is being set up at the port city which is the key entry point for imports into the country and
Concerning Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme in which goods are inspected at the source markets, the MD said
“So far it has been such a successful programme that other African countries are implementing it following our example. It ensures that products that don’t meet our standards don’t leave those countries,” he said.
In his presentation,