Certification

Standardization Mark

KENYA BUREAU OF STANDARDS

This is a mandatory product certification scheme for locally manufactured products provided for under section 10 of the Standards Act Cap 496, Laws of Kenya.
To acquire the mark, manufactured goods are expected to meet quality requirements as specified in the various Kenya/Approved Standards. A permit to use a Standardization Mark is issued to a firm to certify that a particular product conforms to requirements in a Standard.

Diamond Mark of Quality

KENYA BUREAU OF STANDARDS

The Diamond Mark of Quality (also referred to as D-Mark) is a voluntary product certification scheme operated by Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). It is a mark of excellence awarded to manufacturers (either based locally or abroad) which has demonstrated high degree of excellence in product manufacturing and quality. The permit to use the mark is valid for a period of three years subject to satisfactory quality performance and full compliance to other contractual obligations signed between KEBS and the permit holder.

Fortification Mark of Quality

KENYA BUREAU OF STANDARDS

Food fortification is a mandatory product certification scheme for locally flour-based products manufactured in Kenya. This logo signifies the addition of one or more vitamins and/or minerals to food to correct or prevent a demonstrated micronutrient deficiency.

ISO 22000:2018

SGS

ISO 22000: 2018 helps organizations minimize food risks and improve performance as it relates to food safety. It does so by providing a framework they can use to develop a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) a systematic approach to addressing food safety issues.

Compliance with ISO 22000:2018 provides benefits such as:

  • IMPROVED HEALTH AND SAFETY Minimizing food risks lead to better health and safety outcomes for customers, other users, employees, and others who may come into contact with food; IMPROVED RESPONSE TO RISKS Having an FSMS in place can help organizations respond more quickly and efficiently to issues that may compromise food safety, helping them stop potential contamination before it occurs;
  • ENHANCED TRANSPARENCY ISO 22000:2018 helps organizations improve the traceability of their products and achieve greater transparency regarding operations;
  • IMPROVED CUSTOMER SATISFACTION Having an FSMS helps you reliably deliver products that meet customer expectations;
  • HELP MEETING REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS Compliance with regulatory requirements is required to achieve certification to ISO 22000:2018.
  • Having an FSMS in place can help companies meet these requirements and understand how they impact the organization and its customers.

FOOD/DIETARY/ NUTRITIONAL/ NUTRACEUTICALS PERMIT

PHARMACY & POISONS BOARD

This is a mandatory product certification scheme from the PHARMACY & POISONS BOARD for locally manufactured products that ensures only good quality and safe food/dietary supplements and borderline products are available in Kenya. Food/Dietary/Nutritional supplement or Nutraceuticals means a product other than tobacco intended to supplement the diet and shall include all of the following characteristics a) Contains concentrated source of one or more of the following: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential oils, natural substances of plants or animal origin, enzymes, substances with nutritional or physiological functions or contains any combination of these ) Is intended to be taken orally in the form of a tablet, capsule, powder, soft gel, granules or liquids c) Is not presented for use as a conventional food or as a sole item of a meal of the diet d) Is labeled as a food supplement and has NO medical claims on it

KBHC Certificate

Kenya Bureau of Halal Certification

KBHC Certificate. The Kenya Bureau of Halal Certification is aimed at ensuring that Muslims consume lawful or permitted products that comply is the Islam dietary standards as prescribed by the Holy Quran

VIVE

Commercial supply chains.‬

VIVE is a sustainability program that focuses on continuous improvement and creating value throughout the ingredient supply chains.‬‭ ‬VIVE will enable your business to deliver sustainable improvements‭, ‬demonstrate traceability and differentiate products‭ ‬‭- ‬creating commercial advantage‭.‬

Kosher Certificate

OK Kosher

This certifying authority that grants a hechsher to ingredients, packaged foods, beverages, and certain materials, as well as food-service providers and facilities in which kosher food is prepared or served. This certification verifies that the ingredients, production process including all machinery, and/or food-service process complies with the standards of kashrut as stipulated in the Shulchan Arukh, the benchmark of religious Jewish law.

FDA CERTIFICATE

Registrar Corp

Modernization Act, such registration having been verified as effective by Registrar Corp as of the date hereof, and Registrar Corp will confirm that such registration remains effective upon request and presentation of this certificate until December 31, 2021, unless such registration has been terminated after the issuance of this certificate.
Registrar Corp makes no other representations or warranties, nor does this certificate make any representations or warranties to any person or entity other than the named certificate holder, for whose sole benefit it is issued.
Registrar Corp assumes no liability to any person or entity in connection with the foregoing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not issue a certificate of registration, nor does the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognize a certificate of registration. Registrar Corp is not affiliated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

ISO/IEC 17025:2015

Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS)

Benefits of ISO 17025:2015

  1. Uniformity in execution and reporting method for the people carrying out the activity.
  2. Reduced penalty in case of disputes
  3. Meeting the accreditation requirements
  4. Reduced customer complaints
  5. Proof of conformity to specified requirements

The advantages of using an accredited management systems certification body are:-

  • Confidence in receiving a high level of service from accredited CBs, as these are regularly assessed by Accreditation Bodies to ensure they demonstrate competence and adherence to ISO/IEC 17021.
  • Auditors from CBS (Registrars) are competent to audit companies looking for certification.
  • Certification Bodies will audit clients in an impartial manner, and carry out its activities and audits in the basis of evidence.
  • Certification Bodies will be responsive to complaints from customers and other parties.

Contains principles and requirements for the competence, consistency, and impartiality of bodies providing audit and certification of all types of management systems (e.g. quality management systems, environmental management systems among others).

Certification bodies operating to ISO/IEC 17025:2015 do not need to offer all types of management system certification. This standard is intended for use by certification bodies and accreditation bodies. Certification of management systems is a third-party conformity assessment activity and bodies performing this activity are therefore third-party conformity assessment bodies.

Certification of a management system provides independent demonstration that the management system of the organization:
  • conforms to specified requirements;
  • is capable of consistently achieving its stated policy and objectives;
  • is effectively implemented.
Conformity assessment, such as the certification of a management system, thereby provides value to the organization, its customers, and interested parties.
Accreditation by KENAS for management system certification bodies demonstrates that an organization has met the international standard (ISO/IEC 17025) for management system certification and is able to competently audit and certify management systems.

FSSC 22000

FSSC 22000-QUALITY

WHY WAS FSSC 22000-QUALITY DEVELOPED?

There has been strong interest from organizations using FSSC 22000 certification for an opportunity to integrate food quality management in the scope of their certification. To meet this demand, the Board of Stakeholders (BoS) decided on 24 February 2015 to add the full ISO 9001 standard to the FSSC 22000 certification scheme, offering a combined FSSC 22000 and ISO 9001 certificate. As of 1 March 2015, FSSC 22000 and ISO 9001 can be assessed as an integrated management system called FSSC 22000-Quality audited by accredited CBs licensed by FSSC 22000.

IS FSSC 22000-QUALITY MANAGED BY FSSC 22000?

The FSSC 22000 Integrity program provides oversight of both FSSC 22000 and ISO 9001 to give confidence in the CB assessment and integration of the 2 management system standards. The integrated management system of FSSC 22000 with ISO 9001 is in line with ISO’s current revision of management system standards. Only licensed CBs by FSSC 22000 can certify FSSC 22000-Quality.

WILL FSSC 22000-QUALITY BE BENCHMARKED BY THE GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY INITIATIVE (GFSI)?

Food quality certification falls outside of the GFSI benchmarking process and recognition. Nonetheless, FSSC 22000 will apply all its existing and future GFSI and ISO-based requirements to the certification process for good governance and integrity ensuring confidence in the FSSC 22000-Quality option. This means, as a start, that CBS, offering FSSC 22000- Quality, shall be licensed by FSSC 22000, accredited for ISO 9001, and auditors shall meet all relevant competence requirements.