ISO Acting Secretary-General, Mr. Kevin McKinley Featured
Next week all eyes will be on Barbados as it hosts the ISO Forum for Chief Executive Officers of National Standards Bodies in the Caribbean, which will be facilitated by the ISO Acting Secretary-General, Mr. Kevin McKinley. The CEO Forum, which will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott, Hastings, Christ Church, opens on Monday, July 4 at 9 a.m. and concludes Wednesday, July 6, 2016. It is being sponsored by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and is intended to be a platform for heads of national standards bodies, members of ISO, "to get together to discuss issues related to the day-to-day management of their organisations". ISO describes the forum, which is expected to attract the Directors of National Standards Bodies (NSBs) from across the region, especially from within CARICOM, as an “ideal setting for fellow executives of NSBs to exchange views on matters of mutual interest, to consider…

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Last modified on 01 July 2016
Director of the Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards, Mrs. Dianne Lalla-Rodrigues. Featured
A major consultation on the quality of goods and services in Antigua and Barbuda on April 12, 2016, is expected to be the first step toward the establishment of a National Quality Awards for the country. In a process being led by the Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards (ABBS), and facilitated by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), stakeholders from across sectors including tourism, health, agriculture, business, as well as quality infrastructure development, will gather at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute for a day-long consultation on quality-related matters. The objective of the consultation is to examine the feasibility of introducing a National Quality Awards to the country that will recognise companies and organisations for their dedication to running quality focussed operations and services, and their commitment to producing high quality products for the country and global markets. It will be addressed and opened by…

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Last modified on 08 April 2016
CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, Mr. Theodore Reddock (standing) addressing participants at the opening of Caribbean Conformity Assessment Week. Looking on from left are, Mr. Robert Medford of the Grenada Bureau of Standards; Mr. Deryck Omar, CEO of CROSQ; Dr. Alexis Valqui of PTB and Mr. Trumel Redmond of CROSQ. Featured
Conformity Assessment Bodies across CARIFORUM States were encouraged on Monday to work together to build a stronger network to improve the quality and ease of regional and international trade. The advice came from CEO of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), Mr. Deryck Omar, as the first ever Caribbean Conformity Assessment Week kicked off in Trinidad and Tobago this morning. Mr. Omar further emphasized the need for harmonization of standards, processes and procedures, along with mutual recognition of conformity assessment procedures covering goods and services as critical to facilitate trade. Conformity Assessment Week, from November 2 – 6, is being hosted in Trinidad and Tobago, with support from the 10th European Development Fund Technical Barriers to Trade Programme, which is managed in the Caribbean by CROSQ, the Dominican Republic’s Institute for Quality (INDOCAL) and German Metrology Institute, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesandstalt (PTB). The week’s events are being held in…

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CROSQ To Launch Inaugural Conformity Assessment Week in Trinidad Featured
A high level Caribbean Conformity Assessment Week - “Advancing Caribbean Trade through Quality Assurance” - will kick off in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, November 2, 2015, with representatives from most of the CARIFORUM States in attendance. The week, being funded by the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Programme, which is managed in the Caribbean by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), the Dominican Republic’s Institute for Quality (INDOCAL) and the German Metrology Institute (PTB),is also being held in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS). The week, which runs until November 6, will comprise three important meetings for this region under the theme “Advancing Caribbean Trade through Quality Assurance”. The first event is the inaugural meeting of the CROSQ - Caribbean Network of Conformity Assessment Bodies (CANCAB) Committee. The newly formed Committee was established with the responsibility to…

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The Pesticide Research Laboratory and JANAAC celebrating the accreditation with Minister Hon. Anthony Hylton. Featured
The Caribbean is now much more equipped to ensure safety from pesticides in fruits and vegetables with the accreditation of the University of the West Indies’ Jamaica-based Pesticide Research Laboratory (PRL) less than a week ago. The laboratory was accredited in the area of Food Testing by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), thanks to the Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration Trust Fund (CARTFund) Project funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), and administered by the Caribbean Development Bank. The project was implemented by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ). PRL can now provide pesticide residue analysis on fruits and vegetables with this accreditation and be assured that the test results will be internationally acceptable. It is the first laboratory to have received this accreditation, specifically for pesticides, in the region. Remarks from CROSQ’s CEO Mr. Deryck Omar were delivered by…

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Pictured from left:  Project Manager at Ministry of Financial Services (MFS), Ms. Sandiria Hall; Permanent Secretary (MFS), Mr. David Davis; Legal Consultant, Ms. Tira Greene; Minister C.V. Hope Strachan (MFS); Strategic Plan Consultant, Dr. Joseph I. Khan; Consultant at the Ministry of Financial Services, Mr. Hillary Deveaux; Director of the BBSQ, Dr. Renae Ferguson-Bufford; and Metrology Officer (CROSQ), David Tomlinson. Featured
The newest bureau in the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) network, The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ), recently held a week of intensive activities aimed at updating legislation, devising a strategic plan and increasing the capacity within the institution. Drawing on its own national resources, as well as those under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Technical Barrier to Trade (TBT) programme, the BBSQ brought together a number of consultants from September 28 to October 2, 2015, to aid in necessary institutional development. According to the Bahamas Information Service, the foreign consultants, Dr. Joseph Khan and Mr. David Tomlinson, were welcomed by Minister of Financial Service, Hon. C. V. Hope Strachan; Permanent Secretary, Mr. David Davis; Ministry Consultant Mr. Hillary Deveaux; Project Manager, Ms. Sandiria Hall and Bureau Director, Dr. Renae Ferguson-Bufford. Local legal consultant, Ms. Tira Greene, who is a specialist in legal reform…

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After a successful initial 2-year period the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) signed a renewal of their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of the BSJ’s Business Partnership Programme on Tuesday August 25, in the BSJ’s Board Room. The programme is designed to provide technical assistance to Micro Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) which will enable them to implement quality systems in their organizations, that ultimately will impact national economic development. Forty benefit from Train the Trainer programme Over the last two years, under the Business Partnership Programme, approximately 40 persons from six entities were trained under a Train the Trainer programme. Benefiting from training in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), packaging and labelling, Metry Seaga, president of the JMA noted that the training was strategic and especially beneficial to their technical staff.With the knowledge gained and skills…

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Last modified on 03 September 2015
Farmers, buyers, sellers and other stakeholders in the production and export of yard long beans will come together in a major workshop from September 1 to 3, 2015, aimed at strengthening that agricultural sector and increasing exports. The CALIDENA workshop is a collaboration of the Suriname Standards Bureau (SSB), the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the International Technical Co-operation Section of the German National Metrology Institute - Physikalisch- Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and will be held at Medisch Wetenschappelijk Instituu (MWI) in Paramaribo, Suriname. The CALIDENA methodology is a demand-driven approach which assesses and diagnoses quality infrastructure issues at each level in a value chain, with the aim of increasing competitiveness. Value chains in the CALIDENA project must satisfy set criterion such as real opportunities for export, experience and advances in chaining, diverse quality services, participation of SMEs in the chain, conscious need to improve the chain…

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Last modified on 01 September 2015
One of the discussion groups at the CALIDENA Diagnostic Workshop working on the Action Plan. Featured
The shrimp industry in Belize is this week more certain of the way forward to addressing some of its challenges and how the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) can help producers, processers and distributors improve quality and possibly increase exports. This follows an intensive three-day CALIDENA Diagnostic workshop that was the result of collaboration on the shrimp industry between the BBS, its regional umbrella body – the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and funders, the International Technical Cooperation Department of the German Metrology Institute (PTB). The CALIDENA methodology under the CROSQ-implemented and PTB-funded project – Establishment of a Demand-Oriented and Regionally Harmonized Quality Infrastructure in the Caribbean (RQI 4), has been focussed on improving the quality infrastructure in agriculture-related value chains among the CROSQ Member States. The term “value chain” is based on the concept that the value of a product is created at various stages in…

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Last modified on 18 August 2015

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