Accreditation is a formal third party confirmation that Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) are competent to carry out specific conformity assessment activities. Read More >
The Accreditation Process is easy to follow. Click here to access the steps towards accreditation explaining the entire process if you are seeking our accreditation services.
Click here to download accreditation application form.
Click here to download the accreditation agreement.
- Transition guideline for ISO 17025:2017 edition.Click here to access the transition document.
- The 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.
- The transition plan to ISO 22000. 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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Download the June-December 2018 Issue No. 23 of the Accreditation Newsletter.
Download here the Accreditation Newsletter Issue No. 22
Download here the Accreditation Newsletter Issue No. 21
Click here to access past issues of the Accreditation Newsletter.
AFRAC E-LEARNING MODULES
Click here to access the e-learning modules which are a valuable resource for gaining insights into accreditation.
1Accreditation ACT of 2019Accreditation Service Act of 2019
Nairobi, 14th August 2019: The Accreditation Service Bill has been signed into law by the President of the Republic of Kenya, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta. The Accreditation Service Act of 2019 establishes the Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS) as the sole national agency charged with the responsibility of managing accreditation services in Kenya.
We in KENAS are proud to have achieved this milestone that lays a strong foundation for accreditation service in Kenya, in the region and internationally. The Act enables KENAS to fulfil its mandate and international obligations that support trade in goods and services. In essence, the accreditation services offered by KENAS demonstrate that an organization is capable of consistently providing quality goods and services which include general testing, medical testing, calibration, certification, and inspection services. This stimulates continual quality improvement in service delivery for every Kenyan.
The Accreditation Services Act 2019, provides KENAS with the mandate to promote accreditation services for purposes of market access of goods and services in Kenya and beyond. In addition, the Act authorizes KENAS to establish and nurture relations with regional and international organizations in the field of accreditation. The other function is to participate in the formulation and monitoring of national, regional and international accreditation guidelines and standards. KENAS is required to coordinate and liaise with the regulators with respect to any matters concerning accreditation.
2Brochure- Accreditation & the Big 4 AgendaWe have a new brochure that has highlighted how accreditation supports the National Big Four Agenda. Kenas Brochure2019- Big 4
3Gazettement of Accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies 2019
A full list of KENAS accredited conformity assessment bodies is now available in the Kenya Gazette Vol. CXXI-No.27, pg 886-892. We congratulate all our accredited clients & express gratitude for believing in our accreditation services. Access the Gazette here.
4Equatorial Nut Processors first to be accredited to ISO/IEC17025:2017Congratulations to Equatorial Nut Processors who are the first testing laboratory that has been accredited to the latest edition of ISO/IEC 17025:2017.
5KENAS and ARSO sign MoUThe African Organisation for Standardization (ARSO) and Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that enables certification bodies in Africa using the ARSO Eco Mark Africa (EMA) scheme to seek accreditation from KENAS. Click here to read the full story.
1ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 TRANSITION STATEMENTS1. Click here to read the news release.
2. Click here to see Kenas CEO transition statement.
3. Click here to read Press Statement by Hon. Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives
4. Click here to see KEBS transition statement.
5. Click here to see SGS transition statement.
6. Click here to see BVCK transition statement.
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.
3Martin 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.
4World 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.”
5Public 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.