International accreditation consultant, Mr. Pat Paladino said governments and businesses needed to support CROSQ if the work in quality was to progress. Featured
If the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ) is to press ahead to aid the development of quality goods and services across the region that trade and compete internationally, regional governments and businesses need to play their part. That was the view of accreditation expert, Mr. Pat Paladino, as he addressed a symposium to mark World Accreditation Day in Guyana this week. Mr. Paladino, addressing an audience that included Minister of Business, Mr. Dominic Gaskin, regional leaders in quality infrastructure development, as well as regulators and private sector business leaders, acknowledged the role that the two major accreditations…

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Alzheimer’s Association President, Mrs. Pamelia Brereton (centre) accepts the donation from Mrs. Maureen Carrington and Mr. Mohan Nandwani of CROSQ. Featured
The Yes We Care Programme of the Baobab Towers was in a giving mood in May, when it made a monetary donation to the Barbados Alzheimer’s Association. President of the Association, Mrs. Pamelia Brereton, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the cause from the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), a regional organisation on the Second Floor of the Towers, noted she was particularly grateful for the gift. She said times were hard and especially so for charitable organisations which were struggling to find sources of funds for various projects. “We greatly appreciate it because things are…

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Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton (right) and CEO of Eureka Medical Laboratories Inc. Mr. Andrew Boyle (second left) accept the ISO 15189 Accreditation Certificate from CEO of JANAAC, Mrs. Sharonmae Shirley, while Quality Manager at EML, Mr. Shawn Manbodh looks on. Featured
The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) was on hand recently to celebrate with Eureka Medical Laboratories (EML), as the laboratory rang in its 21st year of operation by becoming the first such medical company to receive the ISO 15189 Accredited status, in Guyana. In the ceremony held just a week ago in the South American country, CEO of EML, Mr. Andrew Boyle told the gathering of dignitaries that included Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton, and staff, that it had been a long but worthwhile journey. “The accreditation road was costly, rough and long but today…

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We, the National HIV Programme Managers and Laboratory Managers of countries in the Caribbean Region, in collaboration with CARPHA, PANCAP, CDC/PEPFAR, WHO/PAHO, UNAIDS and other partners, at the meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 20th-23rd October, 2014 to review HIV care and treatment targets and discuss ways to improve access and quality of HIV-related point of care testing (POCT): Recognize that the Caribbean Region initiated discussions on the new UNAIDS targets (90-90-90), to lay the groundwork to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2020. Recognize that in order to break through existing barriers…

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ASTM International Board Welcomes New Director Deryck M.S. Omar of CROSQ Featured
Deryck M.S. Omar, chief executive officer for the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality, has joined the ASTM International board of directors for a three year term commencing January 2016 ASTM made the announcement recently on its website, where more information can be found about the appointment. http://www.astmnewsroom.org/default.aspx?pageid=3906

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Head of Metrology at the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards, Mr. Anselm Gittens accepts the OIML Award for Excellent Achievements in Legal Metrology at SIM General Assembly today. Featured
Saint Lucia this afternoon put quality infrastructure, and metrology in particular, on the map in a big way, when the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards was awarded the prestigious Award for Excellent Achievements in Legal Metrology in Developing Countries’ from the International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML). The award was accepted on behalf of Saint Lucia by Head of Metrology at the SLBS, Mr. Anselm Gittens at the Inter-American System for Metrology (SIM) General Assembly being held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The small CARICOM country, and Member State of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), is…

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Saint Lucia Recognised For Progress in Legal Metrology Featured
Saint Lucia, through the Metrology Department of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS), has become the first Caribbean country to receive, in 2015, the prestigious OIML Award for Excellent Achievements in Legal Metrology in Developing Countries from the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML). The award was announced at the 50th Meeting of the International Committee of Legal Metrology, CIML, held in Arcachon, France on 20–22 October 2015. The OIML is the world’s premiere body for legal metrology and is an intergovernmental treaty organization which was established to develop model regulations, standards and related documents for use by legal…

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Executive Director of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Ms. Yvonne Hall (third left), and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), Mr. Milverton Reynolds (third right), recently signed an agreement under which the DBJ will provide funding of $6-million of a $13-million project to support the BSJ’s implementation of two management systems for training programmes. Featured
The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), being the leader in developing an efficient National Quality Infrastructure, believes it is their job to train and develop its stakeholders and to provide world-class training at an internationally-recognized standard. They also believe it is their duty to recognize potential in different players in the industry, leverage their existing talents, and foster them to produce output at their optimum. To this end, the BSJ has partnered with the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Monday, September 28, 2015, towards the achievement of the accreditation of the BSJ’s…

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The National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ) has begun active engagement with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) through an EU funded project and with the consultant assigned to the Project for the establishment of a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Certification Programme within the NCBJ. More specifically, the NCBJ, based on preliminary feedback, is desirous of offering an internationally recognized HACCP (direct or stepwise approach), ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, etc FSMS Certification Programme depending on the outcome of the various surveys. To enable the selection of an appropriate regional and national oriented FSMS Certification Programme for development, we are…

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