Technical Committees

Standardization at TBS
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 worldwide ‘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, institutions of higher learning, business organizations and consumers. So far TBS has been able to finalize more than 1,500 Tanzania standards.

The finalized standards include product 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.

Whenever a standard covers a product that can affect health, safety, the environment or with significant impact to the national economy, such a standard is published as a compulsory standard. All other standards are voluntary.

Technical Committees
Currently, there are eight supervisory committees commonly known as Divisional (Standards) Committees. The supervisory committees comprise of about 12 members each. Members are drawn from a cross-section of stakeholders that include the government, academia & research, manufacturers, distributors and consumers.

Under each Divisional Committee there exists Technical Committees of up to eight members which are committees of experts from a cross-section of stakeholders. In some cases, the Technical Committee may form Working Groups of about 3-4 experts that prepare the preliminary drafts. The chairpersons of all the committees are normally drawn from neutral bodies like the universities, or from the government and especially the relevant ministry. Secretaries are drawn from TBS.

1. Electrical Engineering Divisional Standards Committee (EEDC)
Technical Committees operating under this Divisional Committee are:

a) EEDC 1 - Electrical equipment
b) EEDC 2 - Cells and batteries
c) EEDC 3 - Electrical installations
d) EEDC 4 - Manned security systems
e) EEDC 5 - Solar PV systems

2. Mechanical Engineering Divisional Standards Committee (MEDC)
Technical Committees operating under this Divisional Committee are:

a) MEDC 1 - Basic standards
b) MEDC 2 - Metals and structures
c) MEDC 4 - Metal pipes and fittings
d) MEDC 9 - Automotive components
e) MEDC 10 - Farm implements
f) MEDC 11 - Hand pumps
g) MEDC 12 - Stoves
h) MEDC 13 - Fire and fire fighting

3. Building and Construction Divisional Standards Committee (BCDC)
Technical Committees operating under this Divisional Committee are

a) BCDC 1 - Concrete
b) BCDC 2 - Masonry
c) BCDC 3 - Load
d) BCDC 4 - Cement and lime
e) BCDC 5 - Roads
f) BCDC 6 - Sawn timber, logs and wood based components
g) BCDC 7 - Sanitation
h) BCDC 8 - Aggregates and sand
i) BCDC 9 - Roofing materials and finishes
j) BCDC 10 - Bridges
k) BCDC 11 - Steel for construction
l) BCDC 12 - Timber structures
m) BCDC 13 - Foundation
n) BCDC 14 - Building and civil engineering general
o) BCDC 15 - Doors and windows
p)  BCDC 16 - Soil for civil engineering purposes

4. General Techniques Divisional Standards Committee (GTDC)
Technical Committees operating under this Divisional Committee are:

a) GTDC 1 - Quantities, units, symbols and conversion factors
b) GTDC 2 - Sieves, sieving and other sizing methods – Building and construction
c) GTDC 3 - Application of statistical methods and quality assurance
d) GTDC 4 - Packaging
e) GTDC 5 - Sieves, sieving and other sizing methods – Agriculture and food

5. Agriculture & Food Divisional Standards Committee (AFDC)
Technical Committees operating under this Divisional Committee are:

a) AFDC 1 - Codes of hygiene for food processing units
b) AFDC 2 - Labelling, packing and packaging
c) AFDC 3 - General test methods and sampling procedures for foods
d) AFDC 4 - Fats and oils
e) AFDC 5 - Foods additives
f) AFDC 6 - Infant foods
g) AFDC 7 - Spices and condiments
h) AFDC 8 - Microbiological specifications for foods
i) AFDC 9 - Animal feeds
j) AFDC 10 - Fertilizer and their residues
k) AFDC 11 - Pesticides
l) AFDC 12 - Processed fruits and vegetables
m) AFDC 13 - Alcoholic beverages
n) AFDC 14 - Milk and milk products
o) AFDC 15 - Bakery and confectioneries
p) AFDC 16 - Cereal products
q) AFDC 17 - Sugars
r) AFDC 18 - Tea
s) AFDC 19 - Edible oleaginous seeds
t) AFDC 20 - Tobacco and its products
u) AFDC 21 - Root crops and their products
v) AFDC 22 - Meat and meat products
w) AFDC 23 - Fish and fish products
x) AFDC 24 - Coffee and its products
y) AFDC 25 - Sensory analysis
z) AFDC 26 - Fresh fruits and vegetable products
aa) AFDC 27 - Residues of veterinary drugs in foods
bb) AFDC 28 - Biotechnology (GMO) TC
cc) AFDC 29 - Organically produced foods
dd) AFDC 30 - Cocoa and cocoa products

6. Chemicals Divisional Standards Committee (CDC)
Technical Committees operating under this Divisional Committee are:

a) CDC 1 - Toothpaste
b) CDC 2 - Soap and detergents
c) CDC 3 - Cosmetics and Creameries
d) CDC 4 - Safety matches
e) CDC 5 - Glass products
f) CDC 6 - Water quality/effluents
g) CDC 7 - Industrial & laboratory chemicals
h) CDC 8 - Domestic insecticides
i) CDC 9 - Gases
j) CDC 10 - Stationery and paper products
k) CDC 11 - Plastic products
l) CDC 13 - Paints and varnishes
m) CDC 14 - Rubber & rubber products
n) CDC 15 - Petroleum and petroleum products
o) CDC 16 - Pharmaceuticals (packaging)
p) CDC 17 - Lubricants and oils products

7. Textiles Divisional Standards Committee (TDC)
Technical Committees operating under this Divisional Committee are:

a) TDC 1 - Flags
b) TDC 2 - Apparel
c) TDC3 - Household textiles
d) TDC 4 - Labeling (Designation)
e) TDC 5 - Sampling procedures and test methods
f) TDC 6 - Fabric - fire resistant and retardant
g) TDC 7 - Fibres - cotton
h) TDC 8 - Yarns and twines
i) TDC 9 - Hospital textiles
j) TDC 10 - Mechanical contraceptives
k) TDC 11 - Leather & leather products

8. Environmental Management Divisional Standards Committee (EMDC)
Technical Committees operating under this Divisional Committee are:

a) EMDC 1 - Waste water
b) EMDC 2 - Air quality
c) EMDC 3 - Soil/land
d) EMDC 4 - Environmental management systems
e) EMDC 5 - Radiations
f) EMDC 6 - Noise & vibration levels
g) EMDC 7 - Forestry
h) EMDC 8 - Eco-labelling
i) EMDC 9 - Noxious smells
j) EMDC 10 - Environmental performance evaluation