Consumers in Kenya will be able to see which products are imported and where they came from.

To help Kenya’s consumers identify imported products that have been certified by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the application of the Import Standardization Mark (ISM) is mandatory for all imported commodities and products intended for sale in Kenya, with certain exceptions.

The ISM will be issued as stickers, which will be specific to each consignment. Incorporating several security features and a QR code, these stickers can be scanned by using a smart phone. These ISM stickers will have a code encrypted with details about the product and certification status for traceability purposes.

KEBS will maintain strict control over the number of labels released to importers ensuring that the number of stickers corresponds exactly to the number of packages imported.

These guidelines will become effective for new imports beginning September 1, 2015. Imported products already in the market can be sold without the new ISM stickers’ up to June 30, 2016. Imported products subject to this regulation will not be allowed for sale in Kenyan market without ISM sticker after June 30, 2016.

For the key facts regarding ISM, consult the flyer directly PDF (80 KB).

For more information, please contact:

Andrei Koval
Contract Manager
Governments & Institutions Services
SGS Kenya Limited
2F, Victoria Towers,Kilimanjaro Road
Nairobi, Nairobi
00200 City Square, Kenya
t: +254 20 2723644