Understanding of East African Community Legislation on Standardization, Quality Assurance, Metrology and Testing Act (SQMT)

East African Community (EAC)

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Notes on the SQMT Act, 2006

There are three administrative structures established at community level by the said Act. These are the East African Standards Committee (EASC), Liaison Office and the East African Accreditation Board (EAAB). Worth noting is that:

  • The EASC established under Section 4 of Act, has a crucial mandate that includes coordinating activities related to standardisation, metrology and conformity assessment. The Committee monitors the implementation of the said activities at national and community levels. It submits standards, reports and recommendations to the Council of Ministers of the East African Community (Council) concerning the implementation of the Treaty that affects standardisation, metrology and conformity assessments. It also performs other functions consistent with the objects of the Act. The EASC is composed of two chief executives from each Partner State, a representative of private sector, testing laboratories and certification organisation from each Partner State and two representatives of national manufacturing associations, trading associations and consumer organisation from each Partner State.
  • The Liaison Office under section 5 of the Act provides administrative support to the EASC. Its other functions include providing logistical support to the EASC in the design and management of Community projects for the implementation of standardization, metrology and conformity assessment activities. It arranges for public review of draft East African standards to solicit for comments by interested parties and presenting the same to the Council for declaration as East African standards and gazetting the Standards. Worth noting is that the same office in addition to publicising and promoting standardisation, metrology and conformity assessment activities, also maintains the catalogue and authoritative texts of the declared East African standards.
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