Accreditation is a formal third party confirmation that Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) are competent to carry out specific conformity assessment activities. Read More >
- ISO-ILAC-IAF Joint Communique on ISO/IEC 17025 (2017). Click here to access the joint communique.
- Transition of ISO/IEC TS 22003:2007 to 22003:2013. Click here to access the transition document.
- The transition of ISO/IEC 17021:2011 to 17021-1:2015. Click here to access the transition document.
- The transition of ISO/IEC TS 17021-2:2012 to 17021-2:2016. Click here to access the transition document.
- The transition of ISO/IEC TS 17021-3:2013 to 17021-3:2017. Click here to access the transition document.
1Directory of Accredited CABsThe following is a list of conformity assessment bodies that KENAS has accredited
2Testing and CalibrationThe Testing and Calibration pillar in KENAS provides accreditation for the recognition of the technical competence of a testing and calibration laboratory for a specific task following ISO/IEC 17025:2005…
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3Health and SafetyThe Health and Safety Pillar of KENAS has five accreditation schemes…
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4Inspection and VerificationThe KENAS Inspection and Verification accreditation program, provides Inspection bodies and Verification conformity assessment bodies with a means of demonstrating to their customers their superior competence and professional excellence skills in executing inspection and verification mandates in conformance to ISO/IEC 17020 international standard…
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5CertificationThe Certification Pillar in KENAS offers accreditation to management systems, product, process and service certification bodies..
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2KENAS Celebrates its achievement as ILAC MRA & IAF MLA SignatoryKENAS held celebrations on 7th June 2018 at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) for achieving international recognition as full signatory members to the ILAC mutual recognition agreement as well as the IAF multi-lateral arrangement. This international recognition means that test reports or certificates issued by KENAS accredited laboratories, inspection and certification bodies are now accepted worldwide – once tested, inspected or certified accepted everywhere. International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) have been co-operating since 2001 to achieve improved alignment of their work programmes where this has potential to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of accreditation activities worldwide.
3Accreditation Supporting a Safer World (#WAD2018)Giving his keynote address, the PS, State Department of Trade under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Dr. Chris Kiptoo stated that the theme is timely as it attempts to raise global awareness on the importance of Accreditation in ensuring a safer world in all aspects of human life.
“To deliver on a safe world, standards, conformity assessment and accreditation are well established and accepted tools that are used. I am pleased to inform you that Kenya as a founder member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and a signatory to the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (TBT) is using these tools. The Institutions established to use these tools are the Kenya Bureau of Standards and the Kenya Accreditation Services. These are reputable institutions and have enabled Kenya to participate in international.”
4Martin Chesire Appointed KENAS CEOKENAS Board has appointed Mr. Martin Chesire as the CEO of KENAS for the next three years effective 19.03.2018. Download the official statement for more information.
5World Accreditation Day 9 June 2018KENAS held a seminar to mark the World Accreditation Day. Stakeholders from various sectors of the economy participated and engaged in plenary discussions around the theme: Accreditation: Delivering a Safer World. The one day workshop featured an engaging and interactive session with presentations delivered by various speakers on the value and contribution of accreditation as an enabler towards the realization of the Big Four Agenda. Some of the areas covered by presenters included safe transport, safety in the workplace and construction; safe food, water, and products, safety in health facilities – control and prevention of infections and safety in general to all aspects of our lives.
Giving his keynote address, the PS, State Department of Trade under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Dr. Chris Kiptoo stated that the theme is timely as it attempts to raise global awareness on the importance of Accreditation in ensuring a safer world in all aspects of human life. “To deliver on a safe world, standards, conformity assessment, and accreditation are well established and accepted tools that are used. I am pleased to inform you that Kenya as a founder member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and a signatory to the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (TBT) is using these tools. The Institutions established to use these tools are the Kenya Bureau of Standards and the Kenya Accreditation Services. These are reputable institutions and have enabled Kenya to participate in international.”
6Notice from ISO/CASCO on the publication of ISO 17011 and ISO/IEC 17025
73 months to ISO 9001 &14001 Transition DeadlineKENAS CEO, Martin Chesire has met with the with its accredited Certification Bodies (SGS, Bureau Veritas & Kenya Bureau of Standards) to assess the situation of the transition to the 2015 ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality and environmental management system standards. Mr. Chesire urged the certification bodies to serve notice of expiry to all organizations that have not transitioned to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015 or scheduled prior to effective date of 15th September 2018.
This meeting follows a directive by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) that no work on the previous versions of both standards is permitted after 15 March 2018. The IAF has recognized KENAS as a multi-lateral arrangement member (MLA) signatory. Therefore as a member of IAF, KENAS is stressing the necessity for any organization that still needs to transition to ensure that all efforts are made to meet the 15 September 2018 deadline.
Therefore, KENAS wishes to remind any certified entity that on 15 September 2018, all ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certificates will expire and no longer be valid. This means that each certified entity must work with their certification body to ensure that all elements of the certification process have been completed, from audits to the technical review and decision by the certification body to the issue of the certificate by the deadline.
8Public Notice: KS372 Passenger Vehicle Body ConstructionKENAS, NTSA, and KEBS entered into a MoU in 2016 to enhance quality in vehicle body inspection. The KS372 Standard for Passenger Vehicle Body Construction is to be implemented in May 2017. Click here for more details.
9Public Sector Assurance Websitewww.publicsectorassurance.org. Visit the Public Sector Assurance website to access case studies that illustrate the value of conformity assessment, from around the world in key policy areas. These studies are backed up with research.