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UGANDA NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

INTERPRETATION.

   1.   Interpretation.

ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF THE BUREAU.

   2.   Establishment of the bureau.

   3.   Functions of the bureau.

THE COUNCIL.

   4.   National Standards Council.

   5.   Resignation and removal of appointed members.

   6.   Temporary appointment of a member.

   7.   Remuneration of members.

   8.   Functions of the council.

   9.   Meetings.

   10.   Proceedings not to be invalidated by vacancy.

STAFF.

   11.   Director.

   12.   Other staff.

   13.   Inspectors.

   14.   Powers of inspector.

   14A.   Immunity of officials.

ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS.

   15.   Declaration of standard specification and code of practice.

   15A.   Adoption of East African standards.

   16.   Declaration of standards mark and its effects.

   17.   Application for permit for standards mark.

   18.   Declaration of compulsory standard specification.

   19.   Objections to compulsory standard specification and their hearing.

   20.   Permit for distinctive mark to complying commodities.

   21.   Product to conform and bear distinctive mark.

   21A.   Copyright and publication of East African Standards.

   22.   Samples.

   23.   When a mark is deemed to be applied.

   24.   Council may cancel, withdraw or suspend permit or vary conditions.

   24A.   Power of director to suspend production or seize premises pending determination by court.

   24B.   Destruction of offending and perishable goods.

   24C.   Power of the Minister to ban commodities, products and processes.

   25.   Appeals.

OFFENCES AND PENALTIES.

   26.   Offences.

   27.   Penalties for offences.

   28.   Offence by corporate bodies.

   29.   Offence by servants, agents, etc.

   30.   Aiding and abetting an offence.

   31.   Defence to offence.

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS.

   32.   Funds.

   33.   Power to borrow.

   34.   Estimates.

   35.   Accounts.

   36.   Audit.

   37.   Investment of surplus funds.

MISCELLANEOUS.

   38.   Companies Act not to apply.

   39.   Service of documents.

   40.   Annual report.

   41.   Secrecy of information.

   42.   Byelaws.

   42A.   Power of Minister to amend Schedule.

   43.   Regulations.

 

      Schedule   Currency point.

 

CHAPTER 327
UGANDA NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS ACT.

Commencement: 14 October, 1983;

   An Act to provide for the establishment of a national bureau of standards, the standardisation of commodities and for matters incidental and ancillary thereto.

 

INTERPRETATION.

 

1.   Interpretation.

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   (a)   "bureau" means the Uganda National Bureau of Standards established under section 2;

   (b)   "certification mark" means a standards mark and a distinctive mark;

   (c)   "chairperson" means the chairperson of the council;

   (d)   "code of practice" means the code of practice declared as such under section 15;

   (da)   "Committee" means the East African Standards Committee established under section 4 of the East African Community Standardisation, Quality Assurance, Metrology and Testing Act;

   (e)   "commodity" means any article, product or thing which is or will ultimately be the subject of trade or use;

   (f)   "company standard" means a standard specification prepared for use by a company or factory in the production process;

   (g)   "compulsory standard specification" means the standard specification declared as such under section 18;

   (h)   "council" means the National Standards Council established under section 4;

   (ha)   "Council of Ministers" means the Council of Ministers of the East African Community established by Article 9 of the Treaty establishing the Community;

   (hb)   "currency point" has the value assigned to it in the Schedule to this Act;

   (i)   "director" means the director of the bureau appointed under section 11;

   (j)   "distinctive mark" means a mark declared as such under section 18;

   (ja)   "East African Standard" means a standard approved by the East African Standards Committee and declared as such by the Council;

   (k)   "internal code of practice" means a code of practice prepared for local use by a local administration, a Government department, a statutory corporation or any other person or association below the national level;

   (l)   "internal standard" means a standard specification prepared for local use by a local administration, a Government department, a statutory corporation or any other person or association below the national level;

   (m)   "mark" includes any device, brand, heading, label, ticket, name, signature, work, letter or any combination of them;

   (n)   "Minister" mean the Minister responsible for commerce;

   (o)   "national standard" means a standard produced or adopted by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards for use in Uganda;

   (p)   "permit" means a permit issued under this Act;

   (q)   "specification" means a description of any commodity, process or practice by reference to its nature, quality, strength, purity, colour, design, composition, quantity, origin, age or other characteristics, or by reference to any mark or label on the commodity, and includes a model form of byelaws, a glossary of terms, definitions, symbols, test methods and a recommended practice;

   (r)   "standard specification" means a specification declared as such under section 15.

 

ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF THE BUREAU.

 

2.   Establishment of the bureau.

   (1) There is established a bureau to be known as the Uganda National Bureau of Standards.

   (2) The bureau shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, and may sue or be sued in its corporate name.

   (3) The bureau may, for the purposes of this Act, purchase, hold, manage and dispose of movable or immovable property and may enter into such contracts or transactions as may be necessary or expedient.

   (4) The application of the seal of the bureau shall be authenticated by the signatures of the chairperson, the director and a member of the council.

   (5) In the absence of the chairperson, two other members to be designated in that behalf by the council, and in the absence of the director, the person for the time being performing the functions of the director, shall authenticate the seal by their signatures.

   (6) Every document purporting to be an instrument issued by the bureau and sealed with the seal of the bureau authenticated in the manner provided by this section shall be received as, and be deemed to be, such an instrument, unless the contrary is shown.

 

3.   Functions of the bureau.

   (1) The functions of the bureau shall be to—

   (a)   formulate national standard specifications for commodities and codes of practice as may from time to time be required;

   (b)   promote standardisation in commerce, industry, health, safety and social welfare;

   (c)   determine, review, modify or amend standard specifications and codes of practice as may from time to time be required;

   (d)   endorse or adopt any international or other country's specification with or without any modification as suitable for use in Uganda;

   (e)   require certain products to comply with certain standards in manufacture, composition, treatment or performance and to prohibit substandard goods where necessary;

   (f)   enforce standards in the protection of the public against harmful ingredients, dangerous components, shoddy material and poor performance;

   (g)   promote trade among African countries and the world at large through the harmonisation of standard specifications demanded in various countries;

   (h)   provide for the testing of locally manufactured or imported commodities with a view to determining whether the commodities conform to the standard specification declared under this Act;

   (i)   make arrangements or provide facilities for the examination, testing or analysis of commodities and any material or substance from which or with which and the manner in which they may be manufactured, produced, processed or treated;

   (j)   make arrangements or provide facilities for the testing and calibration of precision instruments, gauges and scientific apparatus, for determining their degree of accuracy by comparing them with the national measurement standards approved by the Minister on the recommendation of the council and for the issue of certificates thereto;

   (k)   assist the Government, a local administration, a statutory corporation, a company or any other person in the preparation or framing of any internal or company standard specification or in the preparation or framing of any internal or company code of practice;

   (l)   provide for cooperation with the Government, representatives of any industry, commercial organisation, local administration, statutory corporation or any other person with a view to securing the adoption and practical application of standards;

   (m)   encourage or undertake educational work in connection with standardisation;

   (n)   procure the recognition of the bureau by any other country;

   (o)   seek membership of relevant international and regional organisations with objectives similar to those of the bureau;

   (p)   develop and maintain a collection of materials relating to standardisation and related matters;

   (q)   develop and publish national standards in accordance with internationally recognised procedure;

   (r)   give effect to the decisions and recommendations of the Council of Ministers and the Committee with regard to metrology;

   (s)   give effect to the decisions and recommendations of the Council and the Committee with regard to an East African Standard;

   (t)   give effect to the decisions and recommendations of the Council and the Committee with regard to legal metrology;

   (u)   to administer the Weight

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