TANZANIA has moved in to review standards of soap and detergents to be included in the harmonization of the products for all East African member states, come next year.
The move comes as the country is witnessing an increase in soap imports while most of the locally manufactured and processed are not certified. According to the Acting Director General of the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Mr Leandri Kinabo, the move is crucial for the country's efforts to make sure it effectively competes in the region, with quality products that meet standards specifications.
Speaking to reporters at the opening of a national consultative meeting to review the proposed draft on harmonization of the products standardization yesterday, he said national views on the draft will be presented to EAC Regional harmonization meeting scheduled for Dar es Salaam, early next month.
"I urge stakeholders of the meeting to deliberate on the draft and come up with scientific-based recommendations that will be tools during harmonization at East African Community level," he said in a speech read on his behalf by the Engineering Standards Manager, Ms Edina Ndumbaro.
The development is one of the series of such efforts by the country in response to a call for the region to harmonize standards of a number of products for quality assurance and trade facilitation. The process of standards development is endeavoured to capture the principles as defined in the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement and adapted in the EAC procedures and principles.
The draft involves 14 specifications that are laundry soap, toilet soap, liquid soap, synthetic detergent paste, synthetic industrial detergent powder and herbal soap. Others are: oven cleaner detergent and grease remover, instant hand sanitizer, liquid cleanser for toilet bowl and urinal, carpet and upholstery shampoo.
The last batch includes the anti-bacterial toilet soap, antiseptic liquid soap, synthetic detergent powder for household use and determination of the microbial of cosmetic soap bars and liquid hand body washes.