Consumers reminded of their role in products quality

TBS Acting DG, Mr. Joseph Masikitiko presents a licence to use the standards mark of quality to one of the manufacturers.

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has reminded consumers of their role in the fight against substandard products in the local market.

TBS Acting Director General, Mr. Joseph Masikitiko told manufacturers during a grant of licences ceremony held at TBS head office in Dar es Salaam on 25th April, 2014, that quality assurance is a cross-cutting issue and that a conscious consumer community can help win the war against substandard products.

“Despite the various initiatives taken by TBS so far, there are still substandard products in the market. But the consumers can help in this fight by shunning substandard products and buying only those products bearing the TBS mark,” urged the Acting Director General.

Speaking on the grant of licences to use the TBS standards mark of quality, Mr. Masikitiko commended the manufacturers who attained the licences for their efforts. However, he reminded them on the need to consistently produce quality products as per the conditions attached to their licences.

“Getting a licence is one thing and maintaining it is quite another,” cautioned the Acting Director General, call upon all those granted with licences to maintain the spirit shown during the certification process so as to maintain the quality and reliability of their products. He said TBS will conduct surveillance market inspections and will also visit the manufacturers with or without notice to make follow-ups on continued adherence to quality requirements.

On the part of imported products, Mr. Masikitiko called upon all importers to observe the Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity to Standards (PVoC). He reminded them on the consequences of evading PVoC, which include a fine equivalent to 15 percent of the consignment’s CIF value, inspection at the importer’s cost, re-exportation or destruction at the importer’s cost in case the consignment is found to be substandard, and payment of port demurrage and storage costs.

During the ceremony, 58 licences and certificates were granted to various manufacturers under the TBS Mark Certification Scheme and the Tested Product Certification Scheme.

The products covered include palm olein, paper napkins, drinking water, beverages, pasta, mattress, turmeric powder, paper, bread, nails, rice, iron sheets, roofing sheets, spirits, seed oil, steel bars, toilet paper, cables, number plates, alcoholic drinks, peanut butter, shampoo, liquid detergent, disinfectant, soap, batteries, tomato sauce, roofing tiles, lime, biscuits, soft drinks, shoe cream and steel tubes.