UNBS tightens grip on the quality of steel products

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has commenced enforcement activities against substandard steel products in the country. The enforcement is aimed at ensuring fair trade and protecting the public and environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.

The resumed enforcement exercise follows expiry of the January 31st, 2022 ultimatum issued by UNBS to all manufacturers of steel products to recall all substandard products on the market.

During the meeting on standards held on 19th January 2022 convened by UNBS, attended by Steel sector manufacturers and Hard Ware dealers, they resolved that all steel products manufacturers liaise with their downstream supply chains to recall all substandard products by 31st January 202, any substandard steel products found on the market starting 1st February 2022 shall be seized by UNBS, Manufacturers of the substandard products be prosecuted in courts of law and destroy substandard materials at the cost of the manufacturer.

“We have so far seized approximately 15,500kgs of substandard ribbed steel bars and hollow sections worth over Shs 640 Million in the Kampala Metropolitan area.” UNBS said.

UNBS urges all manufacturers of steel products to ensure that their products meet the quality standards and are certified by UNBS, and all middlemen, hardware dealers and importers to ensure that they deal in only certified steel products and consumers to verify the quality of materials before purchasing them.

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