Uganda National Bureau of Standards Act
- Commenced on 14 October 1983
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
1. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—(a)"bureau" means the Uganda National Bureau of Standards established under section 2;(b)"certification mark" means a standards mark and a distinctive mark;(c)"chairperson" means the chairperson of the council;(d)"code of practice" means the code of practice declared as such under section 15;(e)"commodity" means any article, product or thing which is or will ultimately be the subject of trade or use;(f)"company standard" means a standard specification prepared for use by a company or factory in the production process;(g)"compulsory standard specification" means the standard specification declared as such under section 18;(h)"council" means the National Standards Council established under section 4;(i)"director" means the director of the bureau appointed under section 11;(j)"distinctive mark" means a mark declared as such under section 18;(k)"internal code of practice" means a code of practice prepared for local use by a local administration, a Government department, a statutory corporation or any other person or association below the national level;(l)"internal standard" means a standard specification prepared for local use by a local administration, a Government department, a statutory corporation or any other person or association below the national level;(m)"mark" includes any device, brand, heading, label, ticket, name, signature, work, letter or any combination of them;(n)"Minister" mean the Minister responsible for commerce;(o)"national standard" means a standard produced or adopted by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards for use in Uganda;(p)"permit" means a permit issued under this Act;(q)"specification" means a description of any commodity, process or practice by reference to its nature, quality, strength, purity, colour, design, composition, quantity, origin, age or other characteristics, or by reference to any mark or label on the commodity, and includes a model form of byelaws, a glossary of terms, definitions, symbols, test methods and a recommended practice;(r)"standard specification" means a specification declared as such under section 15.
Establishment and functions of the bureau
2. Establishment of the bureau
3. Functions of the bureau
4. National Standards Council
5. Resignation and removal of appointed members
6. Temporary appointment of a memberIf, in the opinion of the chairperson, the absence of any member is of a temporary nature, he or she may advise the Minister to appoint a temporary replacement.
7. Remuneration of members
8. Functions of the council
10. Proceedings not to be invalidated by vacancy
12. Other staff
14. Powers of inspector
Establishment of standards
15. Declaration of standard specification and code of practice
16. Declaration of standards mark and its effects
17. Application for permit for standards mark
18. Declaration of compulsory standard specification
19. Objections to compulsory standard specification and their hearing
20. Permit for distinctive mark to complying commodities
21. Product to conform and bear distinctive mark
23. When a mark is deemed to be appliedAny person who—
24. Council may cancel, withdraw or suspend permit or vary conditions
Offences and penalties
27. Penalties for offences
28. Offence by corporate bodiesWhere an offence under this Act is committed by a body corporate and it is proved that it was committed with the authority, consent, knowledge or connivance, or due to the negligence of a director, manager, secretary or any other officer of the body, that director, manager, secretary or officer commits the like offence and is liable to the like penalty.
29. Offence by servants, agents, etc.
30. Aiding and abetting an offenceEvery person who aids or abets the commission of an offence under this Act commits the like offence and is liable to the like penalty.
31. Defence to offence
32. FundsThe funds of the bureau shall consist of—
33. Power to borrow
34. EstimatesBefore the beginning of each financial year, the council shall forward to the Minister for his or her approval estimates of the income and expenditure of the bureau for the next financial year.
37. Investment of surplus fundsSuch funds of the bureau as are not immediately required for use shall be invested in such manner as the council may, with the prior approval of the Minister responsible for finance, determine.
38. Companies Act not to applyThe Companies Act shall not apply to the bureau.
39. Service of documentsAny document may be served on the bureau by leaving it at the office of, or by sending it by registered post to, the director.
40. Annual reportThe council shall, within three months of the end of each calendar year, send to the Minister a report on the activities of the bureau for that year.
41. Secrecy of informationAny person who is or has been engaged in the employment of the bureau, who discloses, except for the purposes of exercising the function under this Act, or when required to do so by a court, or by any written law, any secret information acquired by him or her in the course of his or her employment, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding fifteen thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both such fine and imprisonment.
History of this document
31 December 2000 this version
14 October 1983