TBS urged to enhance standardization education

The Director of Standards Development, Mrs Edna Ndumbaro addresses members of the Dawoodi Bohra Community during their visit at TBS.

Members of Dawoodi Bohra Community in Tanzania have urged Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) to continue educating the public on the importance of using certified products.

According to them, educating people on the importance of standards is the best move to end the production, importation and use of substandard products in the country.

The members aired the views in Dar es Salaam recently during a one-day awareness training for the Dawoodi Bohra Community organized by TBS and held at the Bureau’s headquarters.

One member of the Bohra delegation, Mr Muktaza Adamjee appreciated the good job done by TBS and thanked the Bureau for the support and cooperation given to their community. He revealed that the training provided to them by TBS officials has been of great importance and will be useful to them in their daily business activities.

Addressing the Bohra symposium to ushers in their New Year last year, President John Magufuli encouraged members of the Bohra Community to come and invest in Tanzania.

The President noted that there are many opportunities for investment in the country and a market in the entire South Africa Development Community (SADC) region which boasts of 400 million people.

Opening the seminar on behalf the TBS Director General, the Director of Standards Development Mrs Edna Ndumbaro thanked and congratulated members of the Dawoodi Bohra Community for attending the seminar.

She noted that the purpose of the seminar was to educate the Dawoodi Bohra Community on various services offered by TBS including best ways on how they can comply with laws, rules, regulations and procedures while running their businesses in Tanzania.
She stressed that like any other national standards body in the world, the Bureau’s main function is to develop standards that provide confidence in trade, safety and health as well as protecting the environment.

According to Mrs Ndumbaro, the highest degree of transparency, consensus and openness during the development of the standards gives citizens the confidence required by various groups, including manufacturers, suppliers and consumers.

She elaborated that the work of developing standards is done through Technical Committees which comprise of experts in various fields such as food and agriculture, environment, building and construction, chemicals, textile, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering , mining and the services sectors.

She revealed that so far TBS has already developed over 1700 National Standards in different sectors.

On her part, the Acting Head of Products Certification Ms Ashura Katunzi-Kilewela said that product certification is implemented through type five scheme of ISO/IEC 17065 through ‘tbs’ mark certification and tested product certification.

She asserted that a product is certified against a company, foreign or international standard in the absence of a Tanzania Standard. Upon conformity, a tested product certificate is granted to the manufacturer.

She spoke of the TBS mark certification which refers to where a product is certified against a relevant Tanzania Standard. Upon conformity such a product is allowed to be marked with the ‘tbs’ mark of quality.

She also noted that TBS acts as a third party, in a manner that such authority does not have any interest in the whole process of certification.

The certification procedures includes enquiry for certification to TBS, responding to the enquiry by TBS and initial factory evaluation inspection carried out by TBS inspectors.

Other procedures includes testing of collected samples in the TBS laboratories, grant or non-grant of licence/certificate and conduct surveillance inspection which is normally done two times annually.

However, Kilewela mentioned issues like a licence holder to have been found guilty of fraud, failure of licence holders to provide facilities to any TBS inspector to facilitate inspection work and failure of licence holder to comply with any of licence conditions as among the circumstances that may lead to the suspension of standards mark licence or certificate.

She also mentioned among the circumstances which may lead to cancellation of Standards Mark licence as when the licence holder has been adjudged bankrupt, licence holder transfers business to another entry. Others are withdrawal of the applicable National Standard and if the licence holders knowingly made a false statements in their applications.