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World Accreditation Day 2022

World Accreditation Day 2022

09 June 2022 marks World Accreditation Day (#WAD2022), a global initiative established by IAF and ILAC to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme is Accreditation: Sustainability in Economic Growth and the Environment.

The world economy relies heavily on natural resources provided by healthy ecosystems, and yet we continue to put these ecosystems through enormous stress and to consume resources at an alarming rate. Accreditation, alongside other quality infrastructure tools including metrology, standardization, conformity assessment and market surveillance, can support the shift to a circular economy and more sustainable forms of production. Use of standards can help organizations adopt more eco-friendly practices, with accredited conformity assessment providing assurance that organizations are meeting requirements and fulfilling claims.

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Working Remotely during this COVID-19 Outbreak

KENAS is employing measures to working with our conformity assessment bodies remotely during this period. Contact our office through or call (+254) 0725 227640 to be assisted.

This Technical Publication is for all KENAS Accredited Bodies.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world and its resultant spread, the
Government of Kenya halted, until further notice, all non-essential travels for all state and public officers, whether on official government business or on private business. Additional measures have been taken in containment of movement across counties in order to manage the resultant spread of the disease. With reference to the KENAS Policy on management of extraordinary events KENAS – POL -002, kindly note the following: –

Download the Preventive Measures From Covid-19 Pandemic here

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World Accreditation Day 2020

World Accreditation Day 2020

The term food safety describes all practices that are used to keep our food safe. Food safety relies on all players involved in the supply of food, from farmers and producers to retailers and caterers. Accreditation improves food safety.

Standards and accreditation are referenced in the WTO TBT Agreement and play an important role in trade facilitation. The appropriate application of standards and accredited conformity assessment has the potential to resolve concerns raised on food safety to the benefit of both industrialized and developing economies.

Watch this short video on how accreditation improves food safety as we prepare to hold the annual World Accreditation Day celebrations on June 9th.


EAC PT Brochure & Announcement Documents 2020

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The Kenya Accreditation Services Act of 2019 and its Implications

The Kenya Accreditation Services Act of 2019 and its Implications

On the 14th of August 2019, His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, signed into law The Accreditation Services Act of 2019. The Act now properly constitutes the Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS) as the sole national accreditation body mandated to offer accreditation services in Kenya, and repeals the Legal Notice No.55 of 2009 under which KENAS has been operating.

The presidential assent of the Act is a very important milestone for KENAS that crowns its 10th Anniversary and recent international recognitions by the ILAC, IAF and AFRAC. The Accreditation Services Act commences from 2nd September, 2019.


Speaking during one of the stakeholder meetings, the KENAS CEO Martin Chesire pointed out that accreditation evolves with the needs of the country and the market. The newly assented Act has come as a result of changes in expectations in terms of independence of accreditation bodies that enable operations at the same level as other peers worldwide. One of the requirements is that an accreditation body should be an independent legal statute and not just by an order or by mercy of the president as was the case when KENAS was under the Legal Notice of 2009.


The Accreditation Services Act of 2019, therefore, gives KENAS the flexibility to enhance its already existing framework to a more internationally accepted accreditation system. This is aimed at strengthening international recognition of Kenyan products and services. The signing of the Accreditation Service Act of 2019 therefore anchors KENAS fully into law.


One of the most important implications of the Act is that the Board has full authority to make rules and guidelines for making accreditation decisions. This means that KENAS, through its Board, is able to grant, renew, retain, and extend the scope of accreditation for clients as compared to previously where the responsibility lay to an independent Accreditation Committee. This flexibility gives the accreditation process a shorter timeframe due to quick decision-making procedures.


Principally, the Accreditation Service Act of 2019 allows KENAS to promote the accreditation services it offers to businesses and the general public. Kenyans need to be aware of the benefits of seeking services from accredited laboratories, certification bodies and inspection bodies. Customers and markets in Kenya want reassurance that materials, goods and services purchased or produced meet their expectations by complying with international and market standards. The risk factor is reduced when a customer is informed of the inspection measures, testing measures or certification measures that are applied to particular standards.


Likewise, recognized competence reduces risks of getting defective goods and services. Through the Act, KENAS is now empowered to establish and nurture relations with regional and international organizations in the field of accreditation. Moreover, KENAS will now be able to participate in the formulation and monitoring of national, regional and international accreditation guidelines and standards.












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Kenas Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The evening of 6th August 2019, was full of glamour and pomp as KENAS celebrated its 10th Anniversary and rich history of 35 years of Accreditation in the East Africa Region. The celebrations were officially unveiled by Ms Betty Maina the Principal Secretary, State Department for Industrialization at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives. Over 300 guests including accredited bodies, stakeholders, previous employees and board members and several CEO’s of State Corporations under the Ministry attended the elaborate occasion.

The activities commenced with the PS visiting the KENAS offices where she unveiled a commemorative plaque of the 10th Anniversary celebrations. Thereafter, she also unveiled a timeline of the major milestones that KENAS has achieved in the past 10 years since establishment; and the history of accreditation in East Africa for the past 35 years.

The PS paid tribute for all the work done to build and make KENAS more stable as the sole and nationally recognized accreditation body in Kenya. Speaking during the ceremony, the PS said, “We are at a critical moment in our nation where quality has been compromised by some of the conformity assessment bodies, in fact, there has been a public outcry about some of the commodities being substandard, posing various risks, among them health. The good news is that policymakers recognize the importance of accreditation in the lives of all members of our communities and are willing to work with KENAS to ensure that standards of various commodities are adhered to. Our Ministry is willing to work with KENAS to ensure that it achieves its endeavours for enhancing accreditation on international platforms hence building confidence among its end users.”

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