Tanzania approves new standards on roofing sheet, coil

20Feb 2021
Felix Andrew
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzania approves new standards on roofing sheet, coil

​​​​​​​THE Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has provided training to producers, importers and distributors of roofing iron sheets and coil to make sure they adhere to the required standards.

The training was conducted after Tanzania had completed to approve national standards for iron sheets and coil which are TZS353:2020/EAS 11:2019 and TZS 1477:2020/EAS 468:2019.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday while opening the training, TBS Acting Director General, David Ndibalema said it aimed at insisting on quality management to enable traders to adhere to required standards and ensure that businesses are conducted in a known system.

Ndibalema said users of such products most of the time depend on distributors for quality matters before roofing up their houses.

“If consumers don’t get quality products the blames are sometimes directed to the bureau. Our job is to ensure people purchase quality commodities that worth their money,” he noted.

He said that TBS conducted an evaluation in Dar es Salaam and other regions where it discovered the presence of sub-standard roofing sheet in the market. He said some of the roofing sheets were imported and some manufactured locally.

We conducted the training after realizing that some traders imported the sub-standard roofing sheets out of ignorance. They will now be able to import quality products that are in accordance with the approved standards,” said Ndibalema.

TBS Acting Director of Standards Development, Henry Massawe said the approved standards have been are prepared by stakeholders through their technical committees including the whole system of comments issuance.

He elaborated that the training is part of the procedure to prepare standard, hence they discussed and became aware of all issues regarding to the standards.

He said the meeting has enlightened stakeholders on the national standard so as they can conduct their business more easily particularly in the East African Zone.

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