The accreditation of the Bureau of Standards' Chemistry Laboratory to ISO/IEC 17025 — the international standards for testing labs — will allow Jamaica to exported tested foods to 69 countries across the world without hassle.
The lab last Wednesday received its certificate of accreditation from the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) at a ceremony held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.
Like JANAAC, the 69 countries to which Jamaica can now export foods are signatories to the Mutual Recognition Arrangement of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation.
State minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, who presented the certificate to the BSJ, hailed the accreditation of the chemistry lab as a "green light for exporters" and a milestone for Jamaica.
"The accreditation of this food testing facility is of conspicuous significance to the country as the BSJ certifies a number of food products for sale in the local and export market. This accreditation is therefore, a milestone for Jamaica," she said.
The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards will launch a programme for the verification of measuring instruments used in the health sector as part of the SLBS mandate to protect health and safety.
The verification programme targeting that sector is critical to ensuring that doctors and other health professionals are using reliable equipment in doing their jobs.
Blood pressure meters will be the focus of this phase of verification. Blood pressure monitoring is a routine exercise in health protocols and the accuracy and reliability of results are important to diagnosis and treatment.
Saint Lucia is grappling with treating an expanded problem of hypertension and support for improved efficiencies in blood pressure interventions can only strengthen Government Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Policy.
The one day consultation will see the participation of medical doctors in private clinics and hospitals, public health facilities, private nurses in private care and other health officials.
The Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards (ABBS) in collaboration with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the International Cooperation of the German Metrology Institute -Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) hosted the 2nd CALIDENA methodology workshop on 11 – 13 February, 2014 in Antigua & Barbuda. The goal of the CALIDENA Methodology is to strengthen the Quality Infrastructure (QI) services that are needed to support a specific value chain. The workshop’s objectives were to:
- Undertake a rapid participatory diagnosis of quality requirements needs for the Jams and Jellies Sector against the current supply of quality infrastructure services being provided in support of the Sector.
- Identification of bottlenecks and opportunities to strengthen local supply of QI services in a demand oriented way
- Elaborate and agree an action plan to upgrade the QI services for the Jams and Jellies Sector.
CROSQ ELECTS NEW CHAIRMAN AND VICE CHAIRMAN
The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) has, at its Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council and Eighth Annual General Meeting held in Barbados 18 - 20 November 2013 elected a new Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council to serve for the period 2013 - 2015.
The newly elected Chairman of the Council is Barbados represented by Mrs. Anthea Ishmael - Director (Ag) of the Barbados National Standards Institution. Mrs. Ishmael has been the Barbados representative on the Council since 2006 and chaired the CROSQ Human Resource Committee for two successive terms, 2009-2011 and 2011-2013. She replaces Mr. Ezra D. Ledger of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards who did not seek re-election.