Manufacturers urged to value TBS Quality Mark

Manufacturers of various products have been urged to value the TBS standards mark of quality as it enables their products to be easily marketable worldwide .

Tanzania Bureau of Standards Director, Mr. Charles Ekelege made the remark during the grant of licences ceremony which was held at TBS headquarters recently.

Mr. Ekelege said apart from easily accessing local, regional and international markets, the standards mark gives manufacturers confidence in their products, while at the same time giving assurance to consumers or buyers that products bearing it are in conformance with the requirements of the relevant Tanzania standards.

“TBS quality mark identifies a product as a reliable product of acceptable quality to be trusted by consumers and buyers alike thereby improving market confidence,” stressed Mr. Ekelege.

Regarding the year 2009, Mr. Ekelege said it was marked by success in various fields as the organization managed to grant 79 standards mark licences compared to 70 licences which were granted in 2008.

He said apart from the increased number of certified products, TBS also visited about 340 small scale producers in 14 regions to enlighten them on quality matters.

The Director said in ensuring that all small scale producers in the country have quality marks on their products, TBS will continue with the exercise by visiting all the remaining regions in the country.

Moreover, Mr. Ekelege said for the year 2009 two TBS laboratories were accredited, namely Chemistry and Condom Testing laboratories making a total of accredited laboratories at TBS to be four. Metrology and Food laboratories have already been accredited.

On packaging, Mr. Ekelege urged manufacturers to make use of the Bureau’s Packaging Technology Centre (PTC) so as to add value to their products through quality packaging.

During the ceremony, nine licences to use the standards mark of quality were granted, while two licences were extended.  One manufacturer was granted with the tested product certificate.

The licences were granted to Ivori Ltd. of Iringa in respect of candies, Vector Health International Ltd. of Arusha, Net Health Ltd. of Arusha and A to Z Textile Mills Ltd. of Arusha (polyethylene mosquito nets), Insignia Limited (matt emulsion, vinyl silk sheen paint and super gloss enamel paint), BK Tea Blenders Co. Ltd. of Bukoba (blended black tea) and Trader Daniel’s of Dar es Salaam in respect of fruit wine (rosella wine).

The manufacturers whose licences were extended were Tanzania Cigarette Company Ltd. of Dar es Salaam (cigarettes) and Yakilila Food Products Ltd. of Bukoba (fruit wine, i.e. Yakilila gold wine). Insignia Ltd. was granted with a tested product certificate for PVA roof paints.