Our Goal

Consumer participation

Promote active participation of consumers in the African standardization processes.

Consumer Protection

Promote a standardisation process that protects the consumers’ health and safety.

Consumer Needs

Meeting the future needs of consumers in a sustainable manner



In the modern world we live in, consumers are not sufficiently protected from unsafe goods and services, but also not so many of them are aware of what standards a product or service should comply with for their safety. Let’s take this example on cosmetics: Nowadays women are judged more for their appearance than the

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Eco Mark Africa Brief

Eco Mark Africa brief click Here [English*pdf|French*pdf]

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 Benefits of Garlic in prevention of aflatoxin Did you know Garlic can prevent aflatoxin? What are aflatoxin? Aflatoxin are poisonous carcinogens that are produced by certain molds which grow in soil, decaying vegetation, hay, and grains. Aflatoxin are toxins produced by certain fungi that are found on agricultural crops which grow in soil and are

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Kenya bans South Africa meat

Food safety has become a major concern to African consumers ,recently Kenya bans South Africa meat as WHO declares listeriosis outbreak ‘largest ever’, joining other African countries like Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana and Zambia who have followed suit in suspending the importation. ARSO -COCO ensure a standardisation process that protects the consumer health and safety

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5th Continental Essay Competition

Download Documents… Concept Note:5th Essay Competition Concept 30th Nov 2017 Registration Form:ARSO_CACO_EC_Form1_2017-Registration-form The Africa-wide development agenda, as championed by the African Union (AU), is focused on regional integration and the formation of an African Economic Community (AEC) as laid out in the 1980 Lagos Plan of Action for the Economic Development of Africa and the

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October 2017 World Standards Day 2017: “Standards make cities smarter”. Relevance of the Theme to Africa with regards to Africa’s Urbanization Challenges and the role of ARSO THC 03 on Building and Construction.

Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU, including members from African countries, celebrate World Standards Day, an event organised by the World Standards Cooperation (ttps://www.worldstandardscooperation.org/) meant for paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide, including Experts from Africa, who develop the voluntary technical agreements

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How the use of standards apply and streamline the electoral process

Do Standards apply to political processes: Elections? Political instabilities during pre-election and post-election period Political indifference are as a result of self-interests of politicians and greed to be in power. In many circumstances, it has brought about worse results like death, violence, internally displacement of people and refugees. Politics should be handled with a lot

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How to avoid Cholera

Poor hygiene practices led to the outbreak of cholera and other related diseases.The video below educates on how to avoid cholera.

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Consumer food safety and hygiene

Consumer food safety and hygiene The consequences of unsafe food can be severe problem to consumers, which is as a result of poor sanitation, lack of clean & safe water, improper waste disposal, broken sewer lines and poor hygiene practices. Harmful germs that cause food poisoning can spread very easily if not handled with care.

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Killer fertilizer which has put Kenyans’ healthy at risk

Kenyan are warned against cheap Killer fertilizer which has put Kenyans’ healthy at risk,the substandard fertilizer causing cancer and kidney disease.read more on the Tuesday June 2017 standards newspaper.  Read More…

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Outbreak of bird flu in Zimbabwe

Did You know that a large number of people in Zimbabwe eat chicken everyday?In this regards the outbreak of bird flu in Zimbabwe lead to Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique to banned Zimbabwean chicken imports after the disease killed 7,000 chicken.This may be caused by lack of following proper portly standards which are harmonized at

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Standard Organisation of Nigeria arrest 3 Chinese over a substandard diapers

Standard Organisation of Nigeria arrest 3 Chinese over a substandard diapers read more…

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In accordance with its mandate of ensuring the quality of products for public consumption and promoting fair trade, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has exercised its powers and impounded over 110 substandard iron sheets imported into the country,more information click here

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3rd Continental Essay Competition /3eme Concours Continental de Dissertation

3rd Essay Competition Concept Paper [Download*pdf] We welcome all African youth  aged below 35 years to participate in the 3rd Continental Essay Competition with the English: Theme “How standards contribute to Women’s Empowerment and Development ” French :Thème ” Comment les normes contribue à l’autonomisation et le développement de la femme “  

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Consumer seminar for ARSO-COCO/ISO-COPOLCO held in Addis Ababa ,Ethiopia -14th August 2015  at African Union Headquarters,consumers in Africa making a difference in standards. 1st  session- download*pdf 2nd   session –download*pdf 3rd   session –download*pdf Training on cosmetics safety evaluation and its relevance to the African consumer By Dr.Azuka Charles- download*pdf ESA-Consumers participation Food safety and

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03/07/2015 This afternoon a meeting was held between KEBS and members of the Association of Spirits Manufacturers of Kenya (ASMA) and the National Alcoholic Beverages Association of Kenya (NABAK). The concerns of the associations was to know the actual products whose licenses have been suspended given that some of these manufacturers produce other certified products

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Not So Pretty: Toxic Products Marketed to Black Women

Chemicals linked to infertility in nail products? Cancer-causing chemicals in skin lighteners? Hair relaxers with ingredients linked to immune system problems and hormone disruption? What’s going on? Read more…on the Not So Pretty Brochure Courtesy of www.SafeCosmetics.org

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Aloe Cream May Increase the Severity of Radiation-induced Skin Reactions in Women Treated for Breast Cancer

Radiation therapy is one of the most commonly used treatments for breast cancer. Treatment can lead to radiation-induced skin reactions at the site of treatment. The radiation site is often treated with metal-free powder to reduce the severity of symptoms. Several studies have tested the effect of aloe vera ( Aloe vera , Xanthorrhoeaceae) on

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