Kenya PVoC - Kebs Responsibilities

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), is responsible for the adoption and application of standards for both imported and domestically manufactured products in the Kenyan market including the Kenya PVoC.

The Kenya PVoC to Standards Programme is a conformity assessment and verification procedure applied to regulated Goods/Products in the respective exporting countries, to ensure that they comply with the applicable Kenyan Technical Regulations and Mandatory Standards or approved equivalents.

The primary objective of applying Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards Programme is:  

  • Ensure quality of products, health and safety
  • Protect the environment for Kenyans
  • Meet requirements of the Kenya PVoC

All consignments which are subject to the Kenya PVoC must obtain a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) issued by an authorised PVoC Agent, such as Intertek, prior to shipment.

The CoC is a mandatory document for Customs Clearance in Kenya; consignments arriving at Kenyan Ports without this document will be denied entry into the country.

In exceptional cases, and at the sole discretion of KEBS, specific consignments may be allowed to undergo destination inspections after receiving the appropriate application from importers. Such consignments will be subject to a penalty of 15% of the CIF value of the goods, plus 15% bond, and the testing and inspection costs. All other expenses incurred at destination will be borne solely by the importer.

The key elements undertaken in the PVoC are:

  • Physical inspection prior to shipment
  • Sampling, testing and analysis in accredited laboratories
  • Quality Audit of production processes
  • Documentary review of conformity with regulations
  • Issuance of Certificate of Conformity (CoC) or Non Conformity Report (NCR) as appropriate.
 
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