DAR ES SALAAM: TANZANIA Bureau of Standards (TBS) has issued 145 certificates and licenses to manufacturers between June and November this year after their goods met the required criteria.
These included six certifications on quality standards of the management system and 13 licenses to producers who had the TBS licenses but have added other products.
Additionally, 60 of the whole certificates were granted to Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs).
Speaking during the event held in Dar es Salaam at the weekend, TBS’s Director of Quality Management Mr Lazaro Msasalaga hailed the entrepreneurs for meeting such important criteria to obtain quality marks that guarantee them access to regional and global markets.
“These certificates and licenses reflect the producer’s commitments since their products have met the required standards, so they are required to continue producing quality products to gain more confidence from buyers, thus guaranteeing a reliable market,” said Mr Msasalaga.
He added that the certificates granted to the manufacturers highlight the great impact of the entrepreneurial career classes conducted by the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) which paved the way for certification.
He further explained that theme for this year’s quality standard day is dubbed, ‘Quality, realise your capacity to compete’ is a reminder to producers to endeavour in producing quality products and be able to compete in markets.
“As the law instructs on the production of quality products for final users, you should also take it as a reminder towards making quality products which will build customers trust and confidence in markets,” he added.
However, he further called upon producers who pretend to produce quality products in order to get certificate and later on continue to produce low-quality products that they should stop since they endanger the final user’s well-being but also incurring losses in case they are seized by TBS.
The Bureau was established as part of the efforts by the government to strengthen the supporting institutional infrastructure for the industry and commerce sectors of the economy.
Specifically, TBS is mandated to undertake measures for quality control of products of all descriptions and to promote standardisation in industry and commerce.