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Packaging Technology Centre (PTC)

In its efforts to support a coordinated development of the packaging industry by strengthening the existing standardization and testing capability in the area of packaging, the government of Tanzania established the Packaging Technology Centre (PTC) at Tanzania Bureau of Standards.

The packaging services provided by the Packaging Technology Centre include:

a) Testing packages and packaging materials to ensure quality;
b) Providing training to the industries and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on matters concerning quality packaging designs;
c) Conducting research and consultancy work on issues pertaining to quality packaging;
d) Providing third party certification for packaging materials and packages produced according to acceptable standards;
e) Providing testing services for packages and packaging materials;
f) Developing national standards on packages and packaging materials;
g) Facilitations of import and export of the packaging materials against relevant standards;
h) Providing information on packaging standards, requirements and technology.


Tanzania standards for packaging, Paper and board packaging
TZS 79: 1980, Paper - Determination of bursting strength
TZS 80: 1980, Paper - Sampling methods for testing
TZS 81: 1980, Paper - Method for the determination of grammage (Basic Mass)
TZS 82: 1980, Paper - Testing - Method for conditioning
TZS 83: 1980, Paper - Methods for sampling and test for moisture content
TZS 84: 1980, Paper - Determination of opacity (paper backing) by the diffuse reflectance method (ISO 2471:1977)
TZS 85: 1980, Paper tapes - Gummed - Specification
TZS 86: 1980, Paper adhesives, liquid gum and office paste types - Specification
TZS 743: 2003 Paper sacks for cement - Specification
TZS 744 (Part 1): 2003,  Packaging - Method of specification for sacks - Part 1: Paper sacks (ISO 8351 - 1: 1984)
TZS 745 (Part 1): 2003,  Packaging - Sacks - Description and method of measurement - Part 1: Empty paper sacks (ISO 6591/1: 1984)
TZS 746 (Part 1): 2003,  Packaging - Sacks - Vocabulary and types - Part 1: Paper sacks (ISO 6590 - 1: 1983)
TZS 747: 2003, Paper - Determination of tearing resistance (Elmendorf method) (ISO 1974: 1990)
TZS 748 (Part 2):  2003,  Paper and board - Determination of tensile properties - Part 2: Constant rate of elongation (ISO 1924 - 2: 1994)
TZS 749 (Part 5):  2003,  Paper and board - Determination of air permeance (Medium range) - Part 5: Gurley method (ISO 5636/5: 1986)
TZS 546: 1994, Corrugated fibreboard crush resistance - Test method
TZS 545: 1994, Corrugated fibreboard - Water absorbency - Test method (COBB)
TZS 544: 1994, Corrugated fibreboard - Bursting strength - Test method by hydraulic instrument
TZS 543: 1994, Corrugated fibreboard - Edgewise crush resistance - Test method
TZS 542: 1994, Corrugated fibreboards - Specification
TZS 423: 1989, Paper and board - Determination of water absorption - Cobb method
TZS 422 (Part 1): 1989, Paper and board - Accelerated ageing - Part 1: Dry heat treatment
TZS 67: 1980, Correspondence envelopes - Specification

Metal packaging
TZS 61 (Part- 1):  1979,  General requirements for aerosol containers
TZS 95: 1980, Gas cylinders and related equipment intended for medical use - Code of practice for handling
TZS 96: 1980, Gas cylinders - Low pressure - Code of practice for visual inspection
TZS 97: 1980,  Gas cylinders - Industrial - Identification of contents - Specification

Glass packaging
TZS 817: 2004, Packaging-Glass beer bottles-Specification

Plastic packaging
TZS 227: 1984, Polyethylene containers - Method of test (ISO 175:1981)
TZS 816: 2004, Packaging-Glossary of terms in plastics and flexible packaging
TZS 623: 2004, Textiles - Woven sacks for packing cement - High density polyethylene/polypropylene - Specification

Jute and sisal packaging
TZS 662:2001, Textiles - Packaging - Sisal bags - Specification

 

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