Organisation

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CROSQ is a regional inter-governmental organisation established in February 2002 to facilitate the development of regional standards, promote the harmonization of metrology systems and support the sustainable production and trade of goods and services in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Headquartered in Barbados, CROSQ is the regional centre for promoting efficiency and competitive production in goods and services, through the process of standardization and the verification of quality. In this regard, CROSQ aims to support international competitiveness for the enhancement of social and economic development of the region.

All fifteen (15) Member States of CARICOM are members of CROSQ – Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Vision

CROSQ – The Leader for the development and promotion of the Regional Quality Infrastructure.

Mission

To facilitate trade and competitiveness of CARICOM products and services for sustainable development through implementation of RQI.

Organisational Structure

CROSQ reports to the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), which is responsible for the approval of standards, CROSQ work programme and budget. CROSQ is made up of:

  • the Council which consists of the Directors/Executive Directors (or representatives) of the National Standards Bodies (NSBs) of the representative Member States who provides policy and direction;
  • The Technical and Special Committees which consist of stakeholders from private and public sector entities who supports the work of the organisation; and
  • The Secretariat which coordinates, facilitates and implements.

The Three (3) Technical Committees assist with the technical agenda of the CROSQ Council:

  • The Technical Management Committee (TMC) was appointed in 2005 to assist with the development and harmonization of regional standards. Comprising of technical experts from among the NSBs, the TMC meets 3-4 times a year to oversee the process. Sector-specific Regional Technical Committees (RTCs), comprising relevant stakeholders and experts, develop and review the standards. The Editorial Committee has the responsibility for the final editing and formatting of the standards.
  • CARIMET, the Caribbean arm of the Sistema Interamerican Metrologia (SIM), is made up of representatives of the National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) of the English-speaking Caribbean, including Belize, Guyana and Suriname. It has been in existence since the mid-1990s, and in April 2008, it was formally invited to participate within CROSQ as a special committee, with particular responsibility for the development and coordination of Metrology in the region.
  • The Marketing Information Knowledge and Education Management (MIKE) Committee is made up of representatives from each of the National Standards Bodies in the areas of information technology, information management, marketing and communications, and WTO/TBT enquiry points and CODEX nodes. The MIKE Committee was established to assist in the development of information and communication technologies (ICT) within CROSQ.

Three administrative committees are appointed from among the Council members to facilitate the work of the Council in the management of the Secretariat. These are:

  • The Executive Committee;
  • The Finance Committee; and
  • The Human Resource Committee

The CROSQ Council appoints a Chief Executive Officer (formerly Executive Secretary) to inter alia: manage the daily activities of the Secretariat and conduct general business activities on behalf of CROSQ; interface with the Council Members and COTED; manage relations with the donor agencies in the Region; and manage relations within CARICOM and with the various organs of CARICOM in relation to the objectives of CROSQ. The Secretariat's core staff falls under technical operations, and finance and administration operations. In addition, the project manager(s)/coordinator(s) and other Project Management Unit (PMU) support staff are hired on time-bound contracts to implement funded projects.

Figure 1. CROSQ's Committee Organisation Chart

CROSQ’s Mandate

Promote the development and harmonisation of standards, metrology, technical regulations and the mutual recognition of conformity assessment procedures covering goods and services produced or provided in the Community with the aim of facilitating trade and supporting the establishment of the CSME;

  • Encourage the mutual recognition of accreditation and certification systems which are based on internationally accepted criteria;
  • Facilitate the achievement of international competitiveness of regional goods and services by fostering a culture of quality in regional enterprises;
  • Support standards-infrastructure development at the national level;
  • Promote consumer welfare and safety;
  • Contribute to the preservation of the environment and conservation of the natural resources of the Community;
  • Provide guidance to Community Organs and Bodies regarding matters within its competence, including disputes settlement;
  • Promote and protect the interests of States Parties and Associate Members in regional and international standardising fora, including external negotiations; and
  • Promote awareness of standards and standards-related matters in governments, commerce, industry and consumers.

CROSQ's Focus

CROSQ creates the environment for businesses in the CARICOM Member States to improve their trade competitiveness through harmonized QI. In the early years, CROSQ’s emphasis was on the development and harmonization of regional standards. However, in light of international trade agreements, CROSQ is focusing on international recognition of the other elements of a Regional QI (RQI).

Members

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Partners

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Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt LogoPhysikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) performs fundamental research and development work in the field of metrology as a basis for all the tasks entrusted to it in the areas concerning the determination of fundamental and natural constants, the realization, maintenance and dissemination of the legal units of the SI, safety engineering, services and metrology for the area regulated by law and for industry, as well as technology transfer. Only fundamental research work performed by PTB itself using latest technologies will enable it to ensure on a long-term basis its metrological competence recognized on the international level, and to extend it further.

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
Bundesallee 100 D-38116
Braunschweig

Tel: +49(0)531-592-3006
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Instituto Dominicano para la Calidad LogoThe Dominican Institute for Quality (INDOCAL) is the national standards body of the Dominican Republic.

Its mission is to offer standardization, metrology, certification and training services in accordance with international best practices to ensure health and safety and contribute to improving the management of organizations and the country's competitiveness.

INDOCAL is also a member of the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT), Codex Alimentarius Commission, Inter-American Metrology System (SIM), Inter American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) and member affiliated of the International ELECTROTECHNIC Commission (IEC).

Instituto Dominicano para la Calidad
Calle Oloff Palme Esq. Núñez de Cáceres
San Gerónimo
DO-Santo Domingo, D.N.

Tel: +1 809 686 22 05
Fax: +1 809 688 38 43
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Web: www.indocal.gob.do

History

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Global trade agreements (such as the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the European Union (EU)), are guided by Agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Most Member States (MSs) of CARICOM are signatories to the WTO Agreements. Membership of the WTO obliges adherence to the Multilateral Agreements including the Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) and the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), which are aimed at reducing the incidence of standards and regulations being used as barriers to trade. e TBT and SPS Agreements mandate that all technical requirements of signatories must be transparent, justiable, non-discriminatory and should be based on international standards whenever possible.

With the reduction / elimination of tari-based barriers, standards are becoming increasingly important in further reducing TBTs. e WTO/TBT Agreement provides guidelines for the preparation, adoption and application of technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment and encourages its members to adhere to the guidelines.

The realities and priorities in the Caribbean are dierent from those that obtain in the developed world. e relatively small size of Caribbean economies obliges the region to nd ways of responding to the needs of the international market through functional cooperation including the sharing of critical services and joint undertaking of key activities. is would enable them to reduce costs, and at the same time meet the necessary quality infrastructure (QI) requirements.

National Standards Bodies (NSBs) develop and promote standards at the national level and have to be supported by other components of an internationally-recognised quality infrastructure (QI) for standardisation, conformity assessment (including accreditation) and metrology, in order to satisfy global demands. These components of QI, necessary for bilateral and multilateral trade, are particularly important for developing countries that need to build and grow their production sectors. They also provide vital competitive advantage to the local businesses and firms.

International agreements support the notion that developing countries should apply international rules and standards in a manner that is within the capability of each Member State. The difficulty for developing countries and economies-in-transition is that most times they are not able to participate in the development of these rules and standards and so their views are not taken into consideration.

CROSQ in CARICOM

The State Parties (CARICOM Member States) established the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) under Article 67 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that was signed by the Heads of Government of CARICOM on 5 July 2001.

Standards and Technical Regulations fall under Chapter Four of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, specifically Part Three, which addresses Common Supportive Measures. The following is an excerpt from Article 67:

1. The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) shall, in collaboration with competent agencies, develop a standardization programme in furtherance of the objectives of this Chapter and consistent with the international obligations of the Member States.

2. In implementing the programme, the Member States shall not use standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures as barriers to trade.

3. The programme shall have the following objectives:

  • trade facilitation;
  • enhanced efficiency in the production and delivery of goods and services;
  • improved quality of goods and services traded within the Community and with third States; and
  • consumer and environmental protection.

4. The programme shall include the following elements:

  • harmonisation of standards and technical regulations, and transparency in the development and promulgation of standards and technical regulations;
  • recognition of conformity assessment procedures through mutual recognition agreements or other means;
  • facilitation of standards infrastructure development at the national and regional levels;
  • (d) facilitation of metrology infrastructure development; and
  • (e) arrangements for the exchange of information with respect to development and implementation of standards and technical regulations among the parties to this Treaty

5. The Community shall promote the establishment of a regional standards body which shall, inter alia:

  • facilitate implementation of the standardisation programme;
  • assist the Member States in understanding and fulfilling their obligations under this Treaty and other international agreements;
  • promote the development of national standards bodies in the Member States; and
  • facilitate access to technical assistance available in the Member States and in third States.

The last statement (highlighted) is the basis for the establishment of CROSQ.

Contact Address

  • 2nd Floor Baobab Towers, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados
  • +1-246-622-7670
  • +1-246-622-7677
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