Grenada has received an opportunity to develop a National Quality Policy (NQP) through the programme ‘Strengthening of the Regional Quality Infrastructure’. The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ) has received funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to administer this programme, with one of its components being the development of national quality policies in Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda and Suriname.

A Quality Policy is the legal instrument used by governments in promoting and sustaining economic development, as well as environmental and social well-being. It is used to sustain an effective quality infrastructure, which relies on metrology, standardization, accreditation, conformity assessment and market surveillance.

The launch of the development process of Grenada’s Quality Policy was held on March 19, 2019 at the conference room of the Grenada Bureau of Standards (GDBS). Hon. Oliver Joseph, Minister of Trade, Industry, Co-operatives & CARICOM Affairs was there to share his excitement with this new development.

The firm chosen to spearhead the development of the quality policies is MESOPARTNER, a firm whose key experts are from the CARICOM region. Following the launch of the quality policy,  the  consultants  met  with  the  project  steering  committee,  whose  Chairman  is  the Permanent Secretary for Trade, Industry, Co-operatives & CARICOM Affairs, Mr. Aaron Francois.  The Project Steering Committee has as its main goal, the task of overseeing the direction and guiding the process of the development of the Quality Policy.

Several stakeholder engagements will be held throughout the year to obtain data that will be used to develop the Quality Policy, which is anticipated to be complete by December 2019.

Grenada joins Antigua and Barbuda and Suriname under this project to develop national quality policies. St. Lucia and St. Kitts & Nevis are currently developing their own NQPs, and will join countries including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, as bearers of national quality policies.

 

Contact:                                                               Contact:

Mr. Robert Medford                                             Ms. Lois Mc Guire

Director                                                             Information Officer

Grenada Bureau of Standards                              Grenada Bureau of Standards

Tel: 440- 5886/6783                                           Tel: 440-5886/6783

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St. George’s, GRENADA -- On February 9, 2017, two (2) exporters of fresh produce received interim licences, allowing them to export fresh produce before obtaining their official Exportation of Fresh Produce Licence. The exporters are Walter Charles and Big Mac Enterprises operating at Soubise, St. Andrew’s and Calliste, St. George’s, respectively.

The Exportation of Fresh Produce Act was relaunched on October 6, 2016 with a consultation between the Grenada Bureau of Standards (GDBS) and the exporters of fresh produce (vegetables, fruits, nuts, ground provisions, root crops, flowers and other plant materials). Since then, nine (9) exporters have applied to the Grenada Bureau of Standards for the said licence, which allows exportation to regional and/or international markets.

The interim licence allows the exporters six (6) months from date of issuance to meet all requirements as outlined in the relevant standard and the Exportation of Fresh Produce Act. No. 28 of 1998. Full compliance to the Act will result in the issuance of an Exportation of Fresh Produce Licence, which will be valid for one year from the date of issue. An interim licence suggests that the exporter has met the main requirements of good management and agricultural practices and that the packing houses with which they are affiliated provides a safe environment to facilitate the processes involved in this trade.

From June 2017, exporters without an interim or official Exportation of Fresh Produce Licence will not be allowed to carry out such activity. All exporters of fresh produce (vegetables, fruits, nuts, ground provisions, root crops, flowers and other plant materials), who have not applied to the Grenada Bureau of Standards, are kindly asked to make contact as soon as is possible, to avoid the impending disruption to trade that will result.

The Grenada Bureau of Standards will be working closely with the Royal Grenada Police Force and the Customs Department to ensure that this Act is strictly adhered to.

 

Contacts:

Mr. Leonard St. Bernard

Head: Laboratory Services

 

Mrs. Kyla John-Walker

Technical Officer: Certification

 

Grenada Bureau of Standards

Tel: (473) 440 – 5886/6783

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