Frequently Asked Questions

Tanzania Bureau of Standards offers the following services:

  • a) Standardization
  • b) Product certification
  • c) Management system certification
  • d) Testing
  • e) Calibration
  • f) Training and consultancy
  • g) Inspection
  • h) Product and premise registration
  • i) Public education

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 162 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. It is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors. Currently various TBS technical committees provide input to international standardization through different ISO technical committees.

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is Tanzania’s national standards body formerly established by the Standards Act No. 3 of 1975, which was later repealed and replaced by the Standards Act No. 2 of 2009. It is a parastatal organization under the Ministry of Industry and Trade and its broad mandate is to promote standardization, safety, conformity assessment and metrology in industry and commerce sectors. TBS is Tanzania’s member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM).