Speaking at the ongoing 4th Industrial Exhibition in Dar es Salaam, Quality Assurance Officer of Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Mary Kapwani, said the standardisation of two items falls under compulsory requirement.
“All traders who are selling or importing food and cosmetics have to know that they are compelled to certify their product as per TBS rules and regulations,” she said.
Earlier, the two items were under the former Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA), but now have been shifted to TBS.
She narrated that all food and cosmetics traders who posses TFDA certificates have to understand they will expire next year.
“We ask traders to come to TBS or apply online for new certification procedures,” said the official.
Kapwani added that TBS officials would work on the application and visit the working premises of the applicant, particularly those dealing with food, to see whether they meet production requirements.
Explaining about the exhibition, she said it plays a crucial role for small and medium entrepreneurs to learn various issues regarding standards.
“We have been participating in various exhibitions to create awareness for the SMEs so as they certify their goods and penetrate into internal and external markets,” she said.
Kapwani said the quality mark from TBS would enable SMEs to sell their products in the East African region without any difficulty. She asked traders who want to conduct their business beyond East Africa to contact the bureau for further clarification.
However she hailed some SMEs who have secured market of their products abroad and now started to look for certification procedures.
“There are two traders dealing with production of natural honey and cashewnut who have secured market for their products in United Arab Emirates. We are now assisting them to get certification,” she said.
She stated the organisation has been participating in the event in order to educate entrepreneurs on importance of standards and procedures to obtain license of quality mark.
She noted that standard marks are provided free of charge, insisting interested entrepreneur must get an introduction letter from Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO).
Earlier, at the opening of the exhibition, Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, Stella Manyanya urged management of Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade) to make sure that next year's event becomes successful.
“I ask Tanzanians to massively attend next year's exhibition slated to take off in December 5th to 11th, 2020 at the same grounds”, she stated.
TanTrade Director General, Edwin Rutageruka said this is the fourth exhibition to be organised after the successful one which was held in the similar grounds last year.