TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is mulling over introducing stiffer penalties to offenders as it intensifies its efforts of taking counterfeit products off the shelves.
The Bureau has vowed not to relent in phasing out the substandard products from the market, further insisting that those found culpable will be brought to justice.
“So far so good, TBS is continuing with scrutiny of such products and we’ve deployed enough inspectors to seize and detain any goods which are unfit for human use,” explained Mr. Deogratius Ngatunga TBS Northern Acting Manager, on the sidelines of the Zonal Agri Fair at Themi Grounds.
Mr. Ngatunga said the standard watchdog will continue with monitoring of products in the Tanzania market to ensure that they conform to relevant technical regulations with respect to health, safety and environmental requirements, and to ensure that fair trade practices are promoted.
He hinted that TBS was mulling over introducing stiffer penalties with a view of protecting end users.
“It is therefore my humble appeal to traders to cooperate in removing substandard products which continue to flood the market,” he said.
The TBS Northern Zone Acting Manager urged local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to visit the bureau to acquire Standards Mark of Quality for their products.
According to Mr. Ngatunga, the marks were available at no charge, urging them to make the most of the opportunity presented by the government.
The “tbs” Standards Mark of Quality on a product indicates that samples of the product are independently and routinely tested and certified by the Bureau against relevant Tanzania standards.
Apart from enabling people to buy products with confidence, the “tbs” Standards Mark of Quality also protect 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.
TBS is a national standards body for Tanzania established by the government as part of the efforts to strengthen the supportive infrastructure for industry and commerce sectors across the economy within the country.
The Bureau has continuously urged entrepreneurs to strive for quality goods by even setting aside a budget to train small scale entrepreneurs, and grant them certificates and licenses of using standards quality market, thus supporting the government’s quest to build an industrial economy.
In 2021/22, TBS set aside 256m/- (US$ 110506) for serving entrepreneurs countrywide, training and offering them licenses and certificates after meeting the required standards.