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National Bureau of Standards to introduce quality mark on local products

By James Atem Kuir

South Sudan National Bureau of Standards (SSNBS) says that plans were under way to introduce a local quality mark on locally produced goods for the first time this year.

The quality mark will ensure that locally manufactured goods, both consumable and non-consumable conform to health, safety, and environmental protection standards of the South Sudan National Bureau of Standards.

Majak Deng Kuol, the Director General of the National Bureau of Standards said the conformity label, once introduced, will require all local manufacturers and producers to meet the country threshold and qualifications to sell or export their products outside.

“This year, we are going to introduce our quality mark. The process will require that all standards for safety and health and environment protection are fulfilled for a producer to obtain our quality mark,” he said in an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor on Thursday.

“This will protect our local consumers. It will help them identify which product has not been certified for consumption or use by the National Bureau of Standards,” he added.

He explained that the process will require legal registration and regulations before official launching of South Sudan Quality Mark Label later this year.

“We want to be registered as the South Sudan Quality Mark and the procedures are almost done. We also want regulations for that quality mark, everything that is needed is almost done now,” he said.  

This will be the country’s first official certification mark on commercial products that will legally compel local manufacturers and producers to comply with country safety and health standards or regulations since independence.  

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