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BSS Workshop in Kenya, October 2010

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A Workshop on the Basic Safety Standards (BSS) took place at the Headquarters of the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya from 26 – 28 October 2010. The workshop was hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which is one of the potential cosponsors of the revised BSS.


The workshop was attended by 16 participants from 7 Member States: Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe. All the participants were from regulatory bodies, apart from Kenya whose participants were from the regulatory body, two hospitals in Nairobi and the Kenyan Bureau of Standards.


The purpose of the workshop was to obtain feedback and share experience on the implementation of the current BSS, to discuss amendments that are now being made in drafting the revised BSS and to identify areas that need further development. Each participating country gave a presentation on the “Implementation of the current BSS, and the expectations for the revised BSS” in their country. In addition, the participants that worked in hospitals provided a presentation on the implementation of the current BSS in their hospitals.


There was general endorsement of the revised BSS.

The participants considered the workshop most beneficial. Those Member States that are in the early stages of establishing a regulatory infrastructure considered the workshop to have been very helpful for ensuring that the revised BSS will be considered as they develop their legal and regulatory framework. They also found it helpful to have met experienced regulators from Africa to discuss implementing the BSS. Member States with a mature regulatory infrastructure found the workshop beneficial in learning of the changes introduced into the revised BSS.

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