PVoC (Pre-Export Verification of Conformity) for Exports to Kenya

To assure Kenyan consumers of the safety and quality of the imported goods they buy, and to protect Kenyan manufacturers from unfair competition, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), a statutory organisation of the government of Kenya, has implemented guidelines called the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards Programme for exports to Kenya.

In January 2015, Intertek was awarded a further contract by KEBS to operate the PVoC programme on KEBS behalf in regions such as parts of Europe including the UK, North America , Latin America, China Region, Australasia, Western Africa, Indian Subcontinent and the UAE. To see a full list of the distribution of regions, please email info.government@intertek.com, or contact your local Intertek dedicated Kenya expert whose details can be found in the Kenya PVoC Customer Service Centres list.

As of 1st December 2015 KEBS further expanded the regulated product list to include all products except those exempted below:

  • Goods already regulated by other government agencies such as the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate (KEPHIS), Pest Control and Products Board (PCPB).
  • CKD for vehicles imported by registered manufacturers
  • Primary inputs imported by registered manufacturers subject to proof that the materials are direct inputs to the manufacturing process and the finished products made out of the said raw materials are certified by KEBS.
  • Manufacturing plants and industrial spares for own use imported by registered manufacturers.
  • Printed matter (textbook, magazines)
  • Products certified by KEBS under the Diamond Mark Scheme
  • Courier shipments through JKIA (Airport) which are currently cleared under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between KEBS and Courier Industry Association of Kenya (CIAK).

KEBS Responsibilities

Importers Responsibilities

Exporters Responsibilities

Routes to obtaining the PVoC Certificate

 Kenya Import Standardization Mark (ISM)  

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