Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is the statutory national standards body for Tanzania, mandated to formulate, promulgate and implement national standards. The work of preparing national standards is solely done by TBS.
The Bureau has an established national standardization system through which national standards are formulated. This system is based on the ‘consensus principle’ which works through the use of technical committees. These committees draw members from all stakeholder groups including industries, government ministries and institutions, research institutions, higher learning institutions, business organizations and consumers. So far TBS has been able to finalize more than 1,500 Tanzania standards.
The finalized standards include product standards, management system standards, test methods, codes of practice and codes of hygiene. The standards cover various sectors of the economy including food and agriculture, chemicals, textiles and leather, engineering, environment and general techniques.
The standards formulated are voluntary, however if a standard covers a product that can affect health, safety, the environment or can have significant impact to the national economy, such standard is published as a compulsory standard.
The results of the TBS technical standards work are published as Tanzania National Standards. It is the policy of TBS to adopt other regional and international standards when they are found to be applicable to the Tanzanian situation. A full list of all Tanzanian standards is given in the Catalogue of Tanzania Standards which is available online on TBS website, http://www.tbs.go.tz
During the development of Tanzania Standards, documents passes through a number of stages before they can be approved as Tanzania Standards. This procedure is designed to ensure that the final result is acceptable to as many interest groups as possible.
The TBS Standards Work Programme Bulletin contains a list of all the standards projects in progress and is published twice a year, in January and July.