TBS operates three product certification schemes; namely the Standards Mark of Quality Certification Scheme; the Batch Certification Scheme and the Tested Product Certification Scheme. The Bureau also operates the Systems Certification Scheme.
Standards Mark Certification
The Standards Mark Certification Scheme allows manufacturers whose products have conformed to Tanzania standards to use the ‘tbs’ Standards Mark of Quality on their products. The scheme requires that the product complies with relevant Tanzania standards. The Standards Mark of Quality is a symbol which manufacturers may use to promote their products and consumers seek as prima facie evidence of quality.
The “tbs” Standards Mark of Quality on a product indicates that samples of the product are independently and routinely tested and certified by TBS against relevant Tanzania standards. The “tbs” Standards Mark of Quality is a registered trademark owned by TBS. Licence to use the mark is granted only to manufacturers conforming to the rigorous quality auditing requirements of the Standards Mark licencing procedures. The Standards Mark is a sign of product quality and gives assurance to both manufacturers and buyers that the products can be used safely and reliably.
The “tbs” Standards Mark of Quality makes people buy with confidence. On the other hand, it protects the manufacturers from competing with inferior products and enables them to prove to the market that their products satisfy all the requirements specified in the standards.
Batch Certification Scheme for Imports
Batch Certification Scheme for Imports is part of the implementation of Government Notice No. 672 of 1998 – The (Standards) Compulsory Batch Certification of Imports) Regulations. TBS operated a Batch Certification Scheme for all imports covered under compulsory standards.
Under this scheme, the Bureau also implements Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to standards programme under which products quality are verified in countries of origin.
Tested Product Certification Scheme
TBS runs the Tested Product Certification Scheme whereby the manufacturer claims to produce according to company, foreign or international standards which may not be available in Tanzania. The manufacturer’s product is tested in TBS laboratories according to the claimed standards and also on-site testing and inspection is done for quality ascertainment.
The Tested Product Certification Scheme is a scheme whereby the Bureau has not issued a standard for a product but which otherwise complies with appropriate standard as specified by the product specification and approved by Specification Approval Committee of the Bureau.
Management Systems Registration Scheme
Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) provides certification of management systems based on the requirements of international standards to public and private companies, manufactures and other service providers.
The management systems certification scope covers:
i. ISO 9001, Quality Management Systems
ii. ISO 14001, Environment Management Systems
iii. ISO 45001, Occupational Health and Safety Management systems
iv. TZS 1770, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points
Benefits of Management System Certification
a. Work in a more efficient way as all your processes will be aligned and understood by everyone in the business or organization. This increases productivity and efficiency, bringing internal costs down.
b. Meet the necessary statutory and regulatory requirements.
c. Expand into new markets, as some sectors and clients require ISO 9001 before doing business.
d. Identify and address the risks associated with your organization.
e. Improve customer focus and process orientation within a company.
f. Improve management commitment and decision making.
g. Better working conditions for employees.
h. Increase motivation of employees.
i. Reduce cost of internal and external failures.
j. Continue improvement of Quality Management Systems.
k. Improve image for the company.
l. Increase Customer Confidence.