The Government of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (PROFECO) and the Government of Belize, through the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Consumer Protection on Monday, July 20, 2015 during a visit of the Belize Foreign Ministry in Mexico. The objective of the Memorandum of Understanding is to establish and develop cooperation activities between both participants with respect to guiding policies, protection and defence of consumers with these activities following the relevant laws, rules and regulations in force in each respective country With Mexico as one of Belize's most important trading partners, it is imperative that as Consumer Protection Agencies, the BBS and PROFECO establish a formal working relationship. This Memorandum of Understanding represents the first step in recognizing and addressing the challenges posed by possible cross-border fraudulent, deceptive commercial practices and in seeking to improve the effectiveness of the…

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Last modified on 24 July 2015
The Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB)’s Central Laboratory has made history by becoming the first laboratory in Guyana to become accredited to the International Standards Organisation’s ISO/IEC 17025 standard. The ISO standard is used by laboratories in developing their management system for quality, administrative and technical operations. Laboratory customers, regulatory authorities and accreditation bodies may also use it in confirming or recognizing the competence of laboratories. By earning this standard, the GRBD has achieved several significant milestones including becoming the first laboratory in the region to have: attained accreditation through the CARTFund, the Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration Trust Fund financed by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) been assisted towards achieving accreditation by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) functioning as the National Accreditation Focal Point (NAFP) become accredited outside of Jamaica utilising the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) earned accreditation through the…

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Bahamas Minister of Financial Services, Hon. C. V. Hope Strachan (centre) signing the MOU, while Permanent Secretary, Mr. David Davis and Director of The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality, Dr. Renae Ferguson-Bufford look on. Featured
As the newest standards bureau in the region, The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) is now well on the way to enhancing its offering of accreditation and measurement standardisation services with the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) recently. Minister of Financial Services, Hon. C. V. Hope Strachan, under whose portfolio the BBSQ resides, signed the documents on April 30, 2015, to establish the Caribbean Cooperation for Accreditation (CCA) Scheme, and to recognise the Bureau of Standards Jamaica’s (BSJ) Mass Metrology Laboratory as the Caribbean Reference Laboratory (CaRL) for Mass Metrology. Accreditation, which is a third-party attestation, refers to the demonstration of competence in certification, inspection and testing, by a conformity assessment body. The CCA Scheme brings together such bodies for the purpose of mutual cooperation and collaboration toward facilitating trade in the Caribbean region and internationally.…

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Last modified on 11 May 2015
The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and The Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) today formalised its strategic alliance with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The MOU, signed by Chairman of CROSQ, Mrs. Anthea Ishmael and President of COPANT, Mr. Joe Bhati, is intended to foster greater cooperation in the field of standardisation and conformity assessment, based on international principles and regulations. The agreement was signed at the COPANT General Assembly and Strategic Planning Session, which will conclude today, April 15, 2015, in Mexico. The agreement, which also recognises the need for worldwide international standards, sets the stage for collaboration between contributing hemispheric organisations, and encourages the exchange of information, views, capacity building programmes and instruments of standards development, adoption, implementation and quality assurance between COPANT and CROSQ Member States, namely the members of CARICOM. CROSQ is regional centre for promoting efficiency and competitive production in…

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Last modified on 15 April 2015
: From right to left: President of INDOCAL, Mr. Manuel Guerrero; PTB Consultant, Mr. Ramon Madrinan, CROSQ Chair, Mrs. Anthea Ishmael and CROSQ Technical Officer Standards, Mr. Fulgence St. Prix. Featured
The private sector in the Dominican Republic is excited about opportunities to harmonise standards in that country, with those of CARICOM. A recent mission by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) to the Dominican Republic which involved discussions with INDOCAL, the Dominican Republic Standards Organisation and the private sector, highlighted various opportunities for harmonisation of trade standards, which is the process by which agreed product and service quality-related specifications are aligned across nations. Chairman of CROSQ, Mrs. Anthea Ishmael told the large gathering during the three days of consultations and discussion that the harmonisation activity was based on the Free Trade Agreement between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic which was signed in 1998; and of which the implementing protocol was signed in 2001. “The fundamental objective of the Agreement,” she noted, “was to strengthen commercial and economic relations between the Parties through a number…

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Last modified on 05 March 2015
Mr. Fulgence St. Prix - CROSQ Technical Officer, Standards Featured
The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has adopted two regional standards – both of which have been in development for a number of years. The region now has a common Specification for Cement, and a Code of Practice for Organic Production and Processes, both of which have been hailed as major developments by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ). “We’ve had a number of problems with trading of cement in the region of late, and so CARICOM through the COTED requested that a regional standard be developed for cement. The standard has been under development from as far back as 2007 and we finally got consensus throughout the Member States for the adoption of the regional cement standard,” said CROSQ’s Technical Officer – Standards, Mr. Fulgence St. Prix. He noted though that because standards by nature are voluntary, he hoped that Member States would now…

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Last modified on 14 November 2014
After 25 years at the helm of the main organisation for standards in Grenada – the Grenada Bureau of Standards (GDBS), Mr. Simeon Collins is saying farewell to his homeland, at least for now. Leaving this week on pre-retirement, he is already tipped to continue offering his expertise in food science at the regional level, as he takes up the mantle of the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), as CEO. “I came onto the Grenada Bureau when it was a new institution and they were looking for technical staff. I had actually just returned home with a Master’s Degree from the University of British Columbia in Food Science and during that programme we were looking at standards and quality controls, and it was what I wanted to do in terms of standardisation and with my own background in metrology,” said Mr. Collins. So he spent the next…

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Last modified on 30 September 2014
The region this week came one step closer to having a quality infrastructure policy for CARICOM states. Earlier this week, the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), in collaboration with the Barbados National Standards Institute, hosted a half-day long national consultation on the draft regional policy at the Courtyard by Marriott. In her opening remarks, BNSI Director, Anthea Ishmael noted, "The expected result is to progress toward achieving a modern regional and national quality infrastructure, according to internationally-recognised principles for international trade as defined in the WTO Agreement and the TBT Charter of the EPA. "This result aims to address the problem of lack of regional/national 'Quality Infrastructure' to facilitate and ensure compliance with technical regulations of international trade partners and with international standards and conformity assessment procedures, therewith strengthening the region’s international competitiveness and sustainable production of goods and services within the CARIFORUM states," she said. CROSQ's…

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Last modified on 26 September 2014
The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) has issued for public comment another batch of draft standards for the agricultural sector. The standards proposed for adoption as Saint Lucia National Standards will go through the mandatory sixty day period for comment by the general public. The series of standards are for grades of watermelons, waternuts, yams, potato and tania. Other agricultural standards for grades of grapefruit, mangoes, pineapples, oranges, plantain and tomatoes were issued for public comment last year as part of the overall effort to strengthen the agricultural sector. Quality standards play a critical role in trade, creating access to markets and making products and services competitive. The SLBS is aggressively supporting the Ministry of Agriculture’s programme to improve the potential for export of agricultural produce other than bananas. In addition, draft standards for wheat flour, rice and pasta products are also published for comment. The public comment phase…

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Last modified on 12 August 2014

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