Tanzania Bureau of Standards

Tanzania Bureau of Standards
Ubungo Area, Morogoro Road / Sam Nujoma Road
Postal Address
P O Box 9524, Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA.
Telephone +255 22 245 0298 | +255 22 245 0206 | +255 22 245 0949
Telefax: +255 22 245 0959
E-mail: info@tbs.go.tz


Testing Laboratories

Laboratory Scope
Chemistry Laboratory a)    Testing of all chemicals, allied products and environmental samples;b)    Training in product testing related to chemicals and Laboratory Quality Management Systems;c)    Collaborative environmental research work;

d)    Consultancy to industrialists;

e)    Coordination for Tanzania Proficiency Testing Scheme (TPTS);

f)     Provision of Edible Salt Proficiency Testing at National and EAC level;

g)    Provision of Drinking Water Proficiency Testing Scheme at National level;

h)   Coordination of SADC Proficiency Testing Scheme;

i)     Air quality monitoring.

Food Laboratory a)    Test facilities for all food and agricultural commodities;b)    chemical analysis of food including proximate composition such as moisture content, oil content, protein, mineral ash and acid insoluble ash and mineral contaminants;c)    Checks to ensure that food products are manufactured with due regard to good manufacturing practices;

d)    National technical assistance and consultation with regard to ISO 17025 implementation on the testing laboratories, method validation and uncertainty of measurements and internal audit for microbiology laboratories.

Material Testing Laboratory (MTLT) Building and Construction Section a)    Designed for the testing of building materials as well as building components for properties such as strength and deformation properties, tightness, composition and dimensional changes andb)   Performs field investigations for various load tests and drilling of concrete cores from completed constructions for testing of strength.
Mechanical Engineering Section a)      Equipped with facilities for testing metallic materials with a wide range of tests being carried out to determine different properties of metals andb)      Offers consultancy services such as suitability for use of products needing general mechanical tests using local, national and international standards.
Electrical Engineering Section a)      Designed for testing households and similar electrical appliances as well as electrical materials and accessories andb)      Equipped with a modern multiple Earth Loop impedance’s prospective short circuit currents and for earth leakage circuit currents and for earth leakage circuit breaker testing in buildings.
Textile, Leather and Condom Laboratory a)    Provides test facilities for both textiles, leather and condom industries;b)    Trains textiles, leather and condom analysts in good laboratory techniques;c)    For textile testing, it is equipped with fibro-graph, pressley strength tester, cotton trash analyzer, ulster yarn evenness tester, xenon arc for testing colour fastness to artificial light, exposure rack for testing colour fastness to daylight, perspirometer and washing machine. For leather testing, it is equipped with tensometer, lastometer, permeometer, flexometer, rub fastness tester, wrinklometer, water vapour permeability tester, leather shrinkage tester, penetrometer, adhesion tester. As for condom testing, the lab is equipped with the condom dimensions tester, bursting volume and pressure tester, package seal integrity tester, freedom from holes tester and quantity of lubricant tester.
Cotton Laboratory a)    Conducting training for laboratories and stakeholders in the region;b)    Conducting regional round trials;c)    Conducting retests on regional laboratory samples;

d)    Providing expertise for cotton testing laboratories;

e)    Collection and dissemination of technical information;

f)     Facilitating the cooperation between cotton testing laboratories.

Parametersa)    Micronaireb)    Strength

c)    Length (UHML)

d)    Length Uniformity (UI)

e)    Colour Grade (Rd)

f)     Colour Grade (+b)