Quality of Packed / Bottled Drinking Water

Recently there has been misleading information in the press regarding the quality of packed/bottled drinking water.

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) wishes to inform the general public that packed/bottled drinking water certified by TBS and bearing the ‘tbs’ mark of quality is safe for drinking. All controls are in place for ensuring that all requirements of the relevant standards are met before a particular brand of drinking water is certified by TBS. Thereafter regular surveillance inspections are conducted by TBS inspectors both at the factory and open market.

The aim of these surveillance inspections is to ensure that the manufacturer of the packed/bottled drinking water continues and maintains to produce quality water.

In ensuring that TBS activities are recognized globally, TBS has acquired the following independent approvals:-
- The TBS Quality management System is certified to ISO 9001:2008 – Quality Management System – Requirements.
- Testing laboratories are accredited to ISO 17025:2005 – Requirements for testing and calibration laboratories
- Product certification is operated in accordance with the requirements of ISO/IEC

Guide 65:1996 - General requirements for bodies operating product certification.
Packed/bottled drinking water is tested against the requirements of the following standards: