Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has today reaffirmed its commitment to achieving zero defects by building on sustainability and leveraging on available industry data.
The commitment is in-line with this year’s World Quality Day theme dubbed Sustainability: Improving Our Products, People, and Planet ‘’ with the emphasis being on the importance of quality in sustainability and its influence on- environmental, social, and governance (ESG).
Speaking during the 2nd Management Representatives and Auditors Forum at Sarova Whitesands hotel in Mombasa, KEBS Managing Director, Lt Col (Rtd.) Bernard N. Njiraini said, “Internally we have identified accreditations and certifications being a tried and tested method to ensure that our operations are predictable and sustainable. We have further adopted a risk-based approach to managing the risks that would affect the realization of our mandate through the objectives and goals that we set out in our strategies.”
The forum is aimed at coming up with solutions on how to sustain system certifications beyond the pandemic to enhance sustainability of Management Systems through practical application of standards
To achieve the above, KEBS has since received accreditations for its Metrology and Testing Laboratories on ISO 17025, KEBS CB on ISO 17021 (Competence requirements for bodies providing Certification services). This is besides certifications for ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems (QMS), ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS), ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) and ISO 37001 Anti Bribery Management Systems (ABMS).
“We are currently working on ISO 17020 for our Inspection and Market Surveillance functions and ISO 17065 for the Product Certification process. The meaning of this is to ensure that the organization is run on systems that are institutionalized beyond individuals”Lt Col (Rtd.) Bernard N. Njiraini
“We are currently working on ISO 17020 for our Inspection and Market Surveillance functions and ISO 17065 for the Product Certification process. The meaning of this is to ensure that the organization is run on systems that are institutionalized beyond individuals” said Njiraini.
Besides building on sustainability, Njiraini emphasized the need for producers and other key quality sector stakeholders to leverage a massive pool of data that currently sits with consumers and in high automated machines. “As it is, the quality of data captured, stored, structured and cleaned must be accurate, complete, relevant, timely and consistent to ensure the end product is of quality. Products or services offered can only be as good as the data collected.”
The bureau is currently implementing a performance-based system to drive strategy through the Balanced Score Card which has so far helped to drive a performance culture across its different departments. This is besides operating an integrated quality infrastructure that is providing synergies that support Standards, Metrology and Conformity Assessment agenda hence assuring quality continuity.