Kenya Import Standardization Mark (ISM)

All imported finished products that are to be placed in the Kenyan market must be labelled with the Import Standardization Mark (ISM) sticker this was effective from 1st September, 2015.

In accordance with the revised Import Standardization Mark (ISM) procedures issued by the Kenyan Bureau of Standards(KEBS), all imported finished products being placed in the Kenyan market are required to be labelled with the ISM sticker this became effective from 1st September, 2015.


KEBS have made ISM mandatory for all imported products that comply with the requirement of the relevant Kenya Standard or approved specification. The objective of this new regulation is to assure Kenyan consumers of the product’s safety and conformity to the Kenyan standards.

Imported products already in the market can be sold without the new ISM stickers' up to 30th June, 2016. No imported product subject to this regulation will be allowed for sale in the Kenyan market without the ISM sticker after 30th June, 2016. Importers with large volumes of old stock which are likely to be in the market after the above deadline are advised to apply and acquire the new ISM stickers from KEBS.

Click here for a full list of products that are subject to mandatory inspection within the Pre-Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme.  Exporters can present products appearing in the PVoC regulated product list to KEBS appointed inspection agents, such as Intertek, for conformity verification and on successful verification obtain a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) in the country of supply. Importers of finished goods, irrespective of their regulatory statu,s within the PVoC are encouraged to obtain CoCs for faster issuance of ISM.

Importers of such commodities must obtain the ISM stickers directly from KEBS by submitting the following documents:

  • ISM application form,
  • Certificate of Conformity (CoC) issued by an approved PVoC service provider such as Intertek
  • Import Declaration Form (IDF)
  • Packing list.

Application for ISM stickers MUST be submitted before KEBS final clearance of the goods from the Port of Entry.


Products already certified by KEBS under the Diamond Mark of Quality Scheme are exempted from mandatory  application  of ISM (Detailed list is provided in the guidelines). More information on the new ISM such as detailed guidelines, FAQs, Application Form etc., is available on KEBS website.


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