Coordinator of Regional Cooperation with the Caribbean Development Bank, Ms. Andrea Power. Featured
The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) has been praised by regional and international partners for the role it continues to play in supporting the improvement of the quality of products and services traded within the region. The praise, from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the European Union (EU), came as CROSQ was hosting the 32nd Meeting of its Council of National Bureaux of Standards’ Directors in Barbados recently. Coordinator of Regional Cooperation and Integration in the Technical Cooperation Division of CDB, Ms. Andrea Power, told the opening of the meeting that CROSQ’s model of cost-effectively pooling resources between member states to provide “complementary systems and services” held the potential to be a benchmark model in the area of trade. “CDB is pleased to participate in the 32nd meeting of the council of CROSQ. The Board’s commitment to and mandate to promote regional integration is rooted in…

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Last modified on 19 April 2018
The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards has successfully completed the first year surveillance audit for the three-year certification to the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System standard. The audit conducted in March 2018 has recommended that the SLBS maintain registration to the ISO 9001:2015 certification. The surveillance audit is a check of the system to ensure that the SLBS is consistently maintaining and delivering an effective quality management system, and drives continuous improvements to products, services, and internal processes. The surveillance audit was conducted over two days by the independent accredited registrar company Perry Johnsons Registrars of the United States. ISO 9001 is the world’s most popular quality management system standard that helps businesses demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that satisfy customer, statutory and regulatory requirements. The certification aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of a company’s system, including processes for improving the system…

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CEO of CROSQ Secretariat, Mr. Deryck Omar. Featured
A number of international and regional organisations are scheduled to be in Barbados from April 4-6, 2018 for the 32nd meeting of the Council of Directors of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ). The Secretary General of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO), Mr. Sergio Mujica, as well as representatives of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) will be among a number of international experts in standardisation, trade and trade facilitation and international health matters, who will be addressing the directors of the CARICOM bureaux of standards during the three-day meeting to be held at the Accra Beach Resort. The meeting, being jointly hosted by the Barbados National Standards Institute (BNSI), opens at 9 a.m. on April 4, and will discuss how each of these areas fit into the quality agenda of the region during the first two days. The third…

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Last modified on 30 March 2018
The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved USD750,000 in funding for a programme that will assist the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with strengthening intra-regional trade. At least five countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia and Suriname – will benefit from three interventions to be implemented by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ). “This programme will assist producers with overcoming some of the challenges encountered when trying to export their products, and will therefore enhance their ability to increase market access, penetrate new markets and integrate into global value chains,” said Mr. Daniel Best, Director of Projects, CDB. “Some of the key constraints manufacturers, exporters and service providers in the CARICOM face are caused by non-tariff trade barriers, otherwise known as Technical Barriers to Trade,” he added. The Director also noted that well-functioning quality infrastructure can minimize TBTs, open doors for…

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Last modified on 30 March 2018
The following is an edited version of the speech by Outgoing Chairman of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality, Mr. Jose Trejo at the Opening of the 31st Meeting of the Council of CROSQ, held at Marriott Resort, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts & Nevis on October 5, 2017. “It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 31st Council Meeting of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality. A special welcome to the Acting Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Weekes, we are glad that you could be here with us this morning to share a little bit of your time, surely enough we welcome you to stay for our seminar that will follow immediately after, to learn about the strides we are making in energy standards etc. Let me also extend our sincerest gratitude to our host, Mr. Hiram Williams, Director of the St. Kitts Bureau of Standards…

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Last modified on 10 October 2017
The following is an edited version of the speech delivered by Acting Executive Director of the St. Kitts & Nevis Bureau of Standards (SKNBS), Mr. Hiram Williams at the Opening of the 31st Meeting of the Council of CROSQ, held at the Marriott Resort, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts & Nevis on Thursday, October 5, 2017. "Being part of the global market, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is signatory to trade agreements such as the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement, implemented within the World Trade Organisation (WTO), for which the Bureau of Standards is designated as the Enquiry Point. Under the TBT agreement, states parties are obligated to base their national technical regulations on international standards and to participate in conformity assessments systems. The World Trade Organization Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO/TBT) recognises the importance and the role of international standards and conformity assessment systems in…

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Last modified on 10 October 2017
Facilitator Mrs. Silvana Demicheli leading the trainers through a number of exercises aimed at building their own abilities as trainers. Featured
Efforts are being made to equip the Caribbean’s measurement scientists (metrologists) with training skills to assist industry in addressing their calibration needs as well as their counterparts in National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) across the Region. Eighteen such metrologists, practitioners in the science of measurement, from a number of National Standards Bureaux in the CARICOM Region, are in Barbados this week to participate in a Training of Trainers workshop at the Divi Southwinds Hotel, St. Lawrence Main Road, Christ Church. At the weeklong workshop, which opened on Monday, July 24 and ends Friday, July 28, 2017, Finance Manager with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), Mr. Mohan Nandwani underscored how important the event was to aid in the facilitation of regional trade. “When we talk about quality, we are not just talking about science, we are talking about developing the financial infrastructure of the Caribbean; trade – that…

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Last modified on 27 July 2017
Members of the Regional Project Team, with invited officials in the front row (L-R): Mr. Glynn Morris, Programme Leader of the GIZ implemented Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Programme; Mrs. Sandy Peters-Phillips, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, St. Vincent and Grenadines; Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager for Energy in the CARICOM Secretariat; Mr. Ezra Ledger, Director of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards; Mr. Deryck  Omar, Chief Executive Officer of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality. Featured
Energy conservation and implementation of an Energy Efficiency Building Code are critical to mitigate the impacts of climate change which pose great risks to countries, like St. Vincent and the Grenadines, within the Caribbean. This was the sentiment was expressed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce in St. Vincent and Grenadines, Mrs. Sandy Peters-Phillips, on Monday, 24 July 2017, when she addressed the opening of the Second Meeting of the Regional Project Team (RPT) for the Development of the CARICOM Energy Efficiency Building Code. The Meeting was held in Kingstown, St. Vincent over two days, 24-25 July 2017, and according to Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager for Energy within the CARICOM Secretariat, signaled the “collective intent of CARICOM to act in a collaborative and cohesive manner to give life an Energy Efficiency Building Code for the region”. Dr. the Honourable, Ralph Gonsalves, Prime…

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Last modified on 26 July 2017
Standards Coming for Solar Water Heaters and Energy Appliances Featured
Standards for solar water heaters and a number of energy-related appliances are coming to the Caribbean. And key to this development will be policymakers, standards and energy experts who will meet in Barbados from May 17th to 19th, 2017, for a major workshop on energy standards and policy analysis, at the Divi Southwinds Resort, St. Lawrence Main Road, Christ Church. The experts and policymakers will be exposed to a Policy Analysis Modelling System (PAMS), designed by the Collaborative Labelling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) which was developed “to help local policymakers assess the benefit of standards and labelling programmes”. The one-day policy analysis workshop, which falls on the first day of the three-day training, discussion and planning forum on energy efficiency standards and labelling standards, is being held as part of CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)-implemented Renewable Energy and Energy…

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Last modified on 15 May 2017

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