Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) was formed as the National Standards Institute under the Ministry of Industry and Trade by an Act of Parliament, the Standards Act No.3 of 1975, and began operations in April 1976. Tanzania Bureau of Standards was later renamed as a result of a modification to the Act by Act No.1 of 1977. The Standards Act No. 3 was eventually repealed and replaced by the Standards Act No. 2 of 2009, which granted the Bureau additional authority in carrying out its mission.

Procedures for Registration

According to the Standard Act, No. 2 of 2009, as revised by the Finance Act, 2019, premises and product registration are legal criteria that must be completed by all persons working in the food and cosmetics sector.

The Act states that no one may produce, import, distribute, sell, or expose for sale pre-packaged food or cosmetics unless the goods have been registered with the Bureau. The Act also prohibits the manufacturing, sale, supply, or storage of food, food items, or cosmetics in any location other than those designated by the Act.

 

The goal of premises and product registration is to guarantee that only safe and high-quality items are approved and stored in locations that do not threaten the product’s quality or safety, in order to safeguard public health.

TBS Certification

The Standards Mark of Quality Certification Scheme, the Batch Certification Scheme, and the Tested Product Certification Scheme are the three product certification programs run by TBS. The Systems Certification Scheme is likewise run by the Bureau.

Certification by the Standards Mark

The Requirements Mark Certification Scheme permits producers to use the “tbs” Standards Mark of Quality on their products if their products meet Tanzanian standards. The system stipulates that the product must meet all Tanzanian criteria. The Quality Standards Mark is a mark that producers may use to promote their products and that consumers look for as proof of quality.

The “tbs” Standards Mark of Quality on a product shows that TBS tests and certifies samples of the product against applicable Tanzania standards on a regular basis. TBS owns the “tbs ” Standards Mark of Quality, which is a recognized trademark.

Standards Mark Certification

The Requirements Mark Certification Scheme permits producers to use the “tbs” Standards Mark of Quality on their products if their products meet Tanzanian standards. The system stipulates that the product must meet all Tanzanian criteria. The Quality Standards Mark is a mark that producers may use to promote their products and that consumers look for as proof of quality.

The “tbs” Standards Mark of Quality on a product shows that TBS tests and certifies samples of the product against applicable Tanzania standards on a regular basis. TBS owns the “tbs ” Standards Mark of Quality, which is a recognized trademark.

Only producers who meet the Standards Mark licensing processes’ stringent quality auditing standards are awarded a license to use the mark. The Standards Mark is a symbol of product quality that assures both makers and purchasers that the items are safe and reliable to use.

People buy with confidence when they see the “tbs” Standards Mark of Quality. On the other hand, it protects manufacturers from inferior products and allows them to demonstrate to the market that their products meet all of the standards’ requirements. br>

Import Batch Certification Scheme

The Government Notice No. 672 of 1998 – The (Standards) Compulsory Batch Certification of Imports) Regulations is being implemented through the Batch Certification Scheme for Imports.

For all imports subject to mandatory requirements, TBS used a Batch Certification Scheme.

The Bureau also implements the Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards program, which verifies the quality of products in their countries of origin.

Tested Product Certification Scheme.

TBS administers the Tested Product Certification Scheme, under which a producer promises to produce in accordance with business, foreign, or worldwide standards that are not always accessible in Tanzania. The manufacturer’s product is tested at TBS laboratories to ensure that it meets the stated requirements, as well as on-site testing and inspection.

The Bureau has not published a standard for a product that otherwise meets with suitable standards as described by the product specification and accepted by the Bureau’s Specification Approval Committee, which is known as the Tested Product Certification Scheme.

Management Systems Registration Scheme

The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) certifies management systems for public and commercial firms, manufacturers, and other service providers based on international standards.

The scope of the Management Systems Certification is as follows:

  • Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)
  • Environment Management Systems (ISO 14001)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (ISO 45001)

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, TZS 1770

Certification of Management Systems Has Many Advantages

  • Work more efficiently since everyone in the company or organization will be aware of and understand all of your processes. This boosts productivity and efficiency while lowering internal expenses.
  • Comply with all applicable legislative and regulatory obligations.
  • Expand into new markets, since certain industries and clientele want ISO 9001 certification before doing business with them.
  • Identify and mitigate the dangers that your company faces.
  • Improve a company’s customer focus and process orientation.
  • Improve the dedication and decision-making of management.
  • Employees will have better working circumstances.
  • Employee motivation should be improved.
  • Reduce the cost of failures both internally and externally.
  • Quality Management Systems should be improved on a regular basis.
  • Improve the company’s image.
  • Boost Customer Satisfaction. 

Inspection of Imports

For the regulation of specific types of imported consumer products, the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) uses product conformity assessment.

Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

Pre-shipment PVoC (Proof of Conformity) is a conformity assessment technique used to ensure that items being imported into Tanzania comply with applicable national requirements before they are shipped. It is a technique for assessing and verifying compliance to specific items in exporting nations. Section 4(1) (s) of the Standards Act No. 2 of 2009 provides for it.

All consignments subject to PVoC must obtain the required custom clearance paperwork and certificate of conformity (CoC) before shipping to Tanzania; otherwise, goods arriving at Tanzanian ports would be denied or penalized.

Authorized third-party agencies conduct the PVoC, which includes a physical inspection with a combination of laboratory testing, documentary review, and factory audits if needed.

Key Advantages

– Ensures the health, safety, and security of customers.

– Prevents unfair competition from low-quality imports.

– Makes customs clearance easier.

– Reduces the expense of destroying or re-exporting defective products.

– Prevents Tanzania from becoming a dump for low-quality commodities.

Technical Assistance to Exporters

TAE stands for Technical Assistant to Exporters, and it is a service that provides exporters with critical information and guidance on international technical requirements.

Importing nations usually establish the exporting requirements in terms of Quality Assurance and Conformity Assessment.

Tanzania Bureau of Standards, on the other hand, wishes to tell the public that it provides technical help to exporters seeking to export a variety of products to the EAC, Africa, and other parts of the globe.

 

The following are the three categories in which the program is classified:

– Limited Supply (Less than 5Kg per item)

– Products that have been licensed or certified

– A lot of stuff

-Non-certified goods