The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) was established by an Act of Parliament - the Standards Act, Chapter 496 of the Laws of Kenya. It started its operations in July 1974.
The aims and objectives of the Bureau include preparation of standards relating to products, measurements, materials, processes, etc., and their promotion at national, regional and international levels; certification of industrial products; assistance in the production of quality goods; improvement of measurement accuracy and circulation of information relating to standards.
KEBS' organizational structure comprises the following:
- Standards Development and International Trade Division
- Quality Assurance Division
- Testing and Metrology Services Division, and
- Finance and Administration Division.
The National Standards Council is the policy making body which has power to supervise and control the administration and financial management of the Bureau. The Managing Director of the Bureau is the Chief Executive, whose responsibilities are the day-to-day running and administration of the Bureau within the broad guidelines formulated by the Council.