PS tasks Technical Committee chairpersons

A cross section of Divisional and Technical Committee chairpersons during the induction workshop.

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) Technical Committees need to strive to come up with standards that will enable local products to penetrate in the international markets.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ms. Maria Bilia made the call recently, when opening a two-day induction workshop on procedures for development of standards for Divisional and Technical Committees chairs.

Ms. Bilia said the committees should come up with standards that will help locally manufactured products to meet both local and international market requirements.

She said the country has a big number of entrepreneurs whose products are not certified by TBS due to lack of appropriate standards, thus research has to be conducted and appropriate standards set.

However, Ms. Bilia cautioned that the set national standards should not contradict regional and international standards as they would then become technical barriers to trade.

She called on technical committees to observe integrity since standards should consider both the national interests and the local environment.

Earlier, the Chairperson of the TBS Board of Directors, Prof Cuthbert Mhilu said the formed technical committees consist of experts in various fields from higher learning institutions and the private and public sectors whom he believed would undertake research before developing standards which will facilitate trade.

In his speech read on his behalf by member of the TBS Board of Directors, Ms. Magdalena Uttouh, he said the induction workshop aimed at equipping the committee chairs with necessary information on the whole process of standardization.

He said TBS is hoping that the chairpersons and the members of the technical committees will develop standards which will be benchmarks for discussion as the nation participates in regional and international standardization at EAC, SADC, ARSO and ISO levels.

TBS has an established national standardization system through which national standards are formulated. This system is based on the worldwide ‘consensus principle’ which works through the use of technical committees.

Currently there are more than 100 Technical Committees. The committees draw members from all stakeholder groups including industries, government ministries and institutions, research institutions, institutions of higher learning, business organizations and consumers.