Regulatory Services

Regulation is the core mandate of Kenya Dairy Board. It involves enforcement of the Dairy Industry Act CAP 366. Activities undertaken include inspection and licensing of milk handling premises and surveillance on the quality and safety of milk and milk products along the dairy value chain. These aim at consumer protection and facilitation of trade.

InspectionQuarterly inspections of milk handling premises are conducted to monitor compliance with the requirements of the Dairy Industry Act Cap 336 and other public health regulations.
The inspection process is automated and well-structured to ensure standardization, objectivity and efficiency. Non compliances are addressed through technical advisory services and other legal procedures
Licensing Milk dealers are required to obtain relevant licenses and permits from Kenya Dairy Board. Premises dealing with milk and milk products are first inspected to establish compliance to milk quality and safety requirements prior to licensing. Routine inspections are subsequently conducted to monitor continued compliance. Non compliances may lead to suspension of license.
Licenses issued:
Processor license
Mini dairy license
Cottage industry license
Cooling plant license (above 5,000 litres per day)
Cooling plant license (below 5,000 litres per day)
Milk bar license
Primary producer license
Dairy Manager’s license
Permits issued:
Milk carriage permit
Import permit
Export permit
The licensing fees are summarized in our Service Charter
Application for licenses and milk carriage permit:
Milk dealers are required to register and apply online for the relevant licenses and permits through the Board’s Licensing and Inspection System (create link)
Application for export and import permits for milk and milk products:
Importers and exporters of dairy products are required to register and apply online for the relevant permits using the Kenya Electronic Single Window System
Quality surveillance Surveillance on the quality and safety of milk and milk products across the dairy value chain is routinely conducted to establish compliance to the relevant standards. This is informs on the Board’s regulatory interventions to improve the quality and safety of milk and milk products