TBS issues 70 licences, certificates to manufacturers

TBS Acting Director General Prof. Egid Mubofu presents a licence to one of the manufacturers during a grant of licence ceremony held recently.

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has issued 70 licences to 50 manufacturers and importers of various products in the country.

The grant of licence ceremony was held at the TBS headquarters in Dar es Salaam recently and out of the 50 manufacturers, 14 were small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs).

The issued licences were grouped into three categories which are TBS Standards Mark licences (50 licenses), licence and tested products certificate extension (10 licences/certificates) and tested product certificates (10 certificates).

Speaking shortly after receiving their licences, the manufacturers thanked TBS for its professional support that made them to conform to the requirements of standards.

Director of Dharam Singh Hanspaul & Sons, Mr. Singh Hanspaul said in order to develop and strengthen the country’s economy, there is a need to put some more effort in promoting local industries.

Apart from expressing appreciation to TBS, some manufacturers requested the government to have a strategy to make sure that all manufactured and imported products are certified by TBS before entering the market. They claimed that there are a lot of uncertified products in the market that compete with the certified ones, something that creates unfair competition.

Speaking at the event, TBS Acting Director General Prof. Egid Mubofu congratulated the manufacturers for obtaining the licenses.

Prof. Mubofu required the manufacturers to trade with confidence as their products had now been confirmed to have the required quality but also safe for human consumption and use.

He, however, used the opportunity to call for all manufacturers with uncertified products and services, to lodge their requests for certification in order to expand their markets and trade confidently.

He added that the country’s standards body is in last stages to commence the construction of a modern test house with enough modern equipment at the Bureau’s headquarters.