The Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards (ABBS) is the National Standards Body (NSB) of Antigua and Barbuda, established under the Standards Act (1987), Cap.411 of the Revised Laws of Antigua and Barbuda 1992. The ABBS has responsibility for the promotion and promulgation of standards and standards related matters that are relevant to the sustainable development of the nation’s economy.
The ABBS participates in the work of standardisation at both the regional level as a member of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), and at the international level being a signatory to the WTO/TBT Code of Good Practice for Standardization and having responsibility for the National Enquiry Point for the WTO/TBT Agreement.
The work of the ABBS presently consists mainly of information services that are supported by training workshops in areas such as Metrology and ISO 9000 awareness, quality systems, Internal audits and Food Safety (HACCP) systems. The ABBS, however, is currently engaged in developing legislation and acquiring infrastructure that will provide a capacity for offering metrology services as well as other testing services. Standards Development and responses to product-related complaints are dealt with in cooperation with various private and public organisations as well as other regional bureaux.