THE Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has granted standard mark licences to 45 companies which will allow their firms to use the marks on their products.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam, TBS Acting Director General Joseph Masikitiko, said that the marks give mandate to the companies to undertake measures for quality control of products of all descriptions and promote standardization in industry and commerce.
"We are aware that in our market there are many products that its standards are essential but its quality is unconfirmed," Mr Masikitiko said adding that recently some industries have been shutdown simply because they do not comply to TBS regulations.
He noted that most of the industries tend to ignore to bring their products for approval something which led to unnecessary interruptions and losses for manufacturers concerned, it is important to consult us voluntarily for the betterment of the consumers.
According to Masikitiko TBS is providing education countrywide and small enterprise should make sure to use the opportunity which will assist them in the best way of production and processing to meet standards.
He Further Said that Pre- Shipment Verification of Conformity To Standard (Pvoc) Programme is also getting stronger, the programme aims at ensuring that only quality products penetrate into the Tanzanian market.
PVoC programme which became operational on 1st February, 2012 requires importers to have their consignments tested and verified in countries of origin before shipment to Tanzania, thus improving the clearing process and hence facilitating trade.
"We urge all the external assessors to comply to our regulations as we will not hesitate terminate our contracts with them," he explained. Commenting on the licence given one of the entrepreneur, Mr Sali Mohammed from Tanga Modern Bakery said that the main challenge they encounter is the process of licence provision to take longer than their expectations.
"If we take a look, entrepreneurs are born everyday if the process will be this long it is likely some of them to give up and run away from the process, you have to consider this," he commented.