Dealers of metal products urged to adhere to standards
Manufacturers and importers and distributors of copper, corrugated iron sheets and pipes have been asked to adhere to quality standards in order to remove complaints from users of these products.
Dr. Candida Shirima, Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) Acting Director for Compliance and Enforcement made the call in Dar es Salaam recently when opening a one-day meeting between the Bureau and steel products’ manufacturers, importers and suppliers.
Dr. Shirima tasked stakeholders to ensure that they bring in the market products that meet standards and that are value for money and win the competitive market within and outside the country.
“Let’s everyone here be responsible for what we produce, import and distribute and make sure we comply with the quality requirements,” the standards expert said, noting that stakeholders should focus on quality so that there is fair competition in the market, protect the environment, and enable buyers to find products that match with the value of money.
She stated that in order to improve the quality of metal products, the producers should ensure that they meet national and international standards.
“Every producer and importer of these products should ensure that all the necessary information is written, where according to international standards, the products must be labeled with the grade, name of the producer, measurements and version numbers.”
According to her, TBS will continue to fully manage the responsibility of ensuring the quality of these products in this country, including conducting inspections and laboratory tests before entering the country.
She said that the Bureau will also continue to conduct regular inspections on factories that produce these products to verify the quality of the products produced.
"TBS is also responsible for regular monitoring, providing quality education to stakeholders and taking appropriate action against all those who are found to be violating the requirements of the law," she said.
Dr. Shirima also said TBS has decided to organize the meeting with the aim of promoting the understanding of the stakeholders regarding the requirements of the Standards Act Chapter 130, and the various international standards of the products.
She said that since the government's aim is to build a strong sustainable and competitive economy, the products produced must be genuine so that they can compete in global market.