Trinidad and Tobago

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The Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards ( TTBS) is a corporate body established on July 8th, 1974 and now governed by the authority of the Standards Act No. 18 of 1997. TTBS operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment. It has a statutory responsibility for the quality of goods and services, which are subject to trade in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, except food, drugs, cosmetics.

The primary role of TTBS is to develop, promote and enforce standards in order to improve the quality and performance of goods produced or used in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. To ensure industrial efficiency and development; promote public and industrial welfare, health and safety; and protect the environment.

TTBS’ mandate includes all goods except food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, pesticides and agricultural produce.


Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards
#2 Century Drive
Trincity Industrial Estate
Macoya, Tunapuna

Tel: 1 (868) 662-8827
Fax: 1 (868) 663-4335
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The SBS is a National Institute of Standards by the Law of August 20, 2004 (Standaardenwet, SB 2004 no.121) determined and established by Act of February 22, 2006 (Act Suriname Bureau of Standards, SB2006 No. 30). The purpose of the SBS is shown in Article 3 paragraph 1 of the latter Act and comes down to the following:

The Agency aims to carry out all the necessary activities, in particular the adoption, adopt, maintain and promote the application and use of standards and technical regulations, which should lead to an adequate standard infrastructure:

  • Stimulation of (socio-) economic activities.
  • Protecting the health and safety of humans, animals and plants as well as to protect the environment in which they live.

A standard should be seen as an instrument to promote the harmonization of trade and the use of uniform standards for goods and services. default infrastructure can be defined as the laws and regulations in the field of standardization, laboratories (testing facilities), which a system of human resources and aids the development of standards and guarantees to ensure that these standards are met.

The availability of a standard infrastructure in Suriname, for the economic growth of the country, therefore, two main objectives, namely:

  • Protecting the public health, safety and the environment;
  • Protecting national production, fair trade and social activity.

The Suriname Bureau of Standards, which was established on October 15, 2007, the National Institute of Standards in Suriname. The Office has a facilitating role in the field of standards management, representing the development and adoption of standards and technical regulations.


Suriname Standards Bureau
Leysweg No. 10

Tel: 1 (597) 499928
Fax: 1 (597) 499926

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards (SVGBS) modus operandi is guided by its overall legislative mandates, the policy of government and the administrative direction of the National Standards Council. The organisation also operates in accordance with several other national, regional and international legislations and agreements.

The Standards Act No. 70 of 1992 (amended by Act No. 28 of 2001) gives the SVGBS authority, inter alia, “…. to prepare and promote standards relating to goods, services, processes and practices produced and/or used in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, to ensure industrial efficiency and to assist in industrial development as well as to promote public and industrial welfare, health, safety and to safeguard against negative effects to the environment”.

Additionally, the SVGBS is responsible for the administration of the Weights and Measures Act No. 16 of 2003. This legislation gives the SVGBS responsibility for regulating all weighing and measuring devices used for trade in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


St. Vincent & the Grenadines Bureau of Standards
Campden Park Industrial Estate
P.O. Box 1506
Kingstown VC 0100

Tel: 1 (784) 457-8092
Fax: 1 (784) 457-8175
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St. Lucia

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The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards was established as a statutory body under the Standards Act No. 14 of 1990, and commenced operations on 01 April 1991. The affairs of SLBS are governed by a broad based Standards Council, which sets the policy direction of the institution.This Council is accountable to the Minister with responsibility for Standards Matters(that is, the Minister of Commerce).The Director of SLBS is the chief executive who is responsible for directing and managing the financial and administrative affairs of SLBS.

The Standards Act provides for the preparation and promotion of standards in relation to goods, services, processes and practices used and produced locally. The Act gives SLBS the responsibility to develop and promote standards for products and services for the protection of the health and safety of consumers and the environment, as well as for industrial development, in order to promote the enhancement of the economy of Saint Lucia.

SLBS also administers the Metrology Act No. 17 of 2000. This legislation gives the organization the responsibility to regulate all weights and measures activities on the island. This Act also makes provision for the metrication of Saint Lucia. Consequently, SLBS is responsible for developing, adopting, maintaining, promoting encouraging and enforcing conformity to standards, and providing metrology services. SLBS executes its mandate through a number of programmes in the following areas:

  • Standards Development - National standards development and national position formulation
  • Certification - Product and process certification
  • Compliance – Enforcement of compulsory national standards and international standards where applicable
  • Metrology - Verification and calibration of measuring devices
  • Information Services – Provision of technical information
  • Technical Assistance - Provision of training and other specific conformity related activities and development of sector-based standards.

SLBS serves as the National Enquiry Point for the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and the contact point for CODEX (the joint commission between the FAO and WHO), which is responsible for developing international food standards. Further, the institution has full membership with the following:

  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  • The CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)
  • Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT)
  • Inter-American Metrology System (SIM

SLBS has also forged partnerships and alliances with other regional and international standards bodies such as the:

  • International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • British Standards Institute (BSI)


St. Lucia Bureau of Standards
Bisee Industrial Estate
CP 5412

Tel: 1 (758) 453-0049
Fax: 1 (758) 452-3561
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St. Kitts and Nevis

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The St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards (SKNBS) was officially established on 8th day of March 1999 under the National Bureau of Standards Act No 7 of 1999 now the National Bureau of Standards Act, Cap. 23.15. The Act provides for the establishment of a Standard Council to administer the affairs of the Bureau under the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

The Bureau of Standards has the major responsibility of protecting the environment, health and safety of consumers. Its activities also focus on preparing, promoting and generally adopting standards on a national, regional or international basis relating to structures, commodities, materials, articles and other things offered to the public commercially, hence promoting standardization, quality assurance and simplification in industry and commerce.


To deliver the highest quality of service in the areas of metrology, food, water and environmental testing and monitor compliance to establish standards and regulations in order to foster the improved quality of life for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.”


To improve safety and quality in order to foster a culture for continual improvement.

Key responsibilities

  • To prepare, promote and generally adopt standards on a national, regional or international basis relating to structures, commodities, materials, articles and other things offered to the public commercially.
  • To prepare, frame, modify or amend specifications and codes of practice.
  • To test precision instruments, gauges and scientific equipment, for determining the accuracy and the calibration of standards used in industrial and commercial activities.
  • To maintain testing laboratories for the purpose of testing and providing facilities for examining commodities, products, materials, processes, and practices, and in so doing to conduct such research and investigations as may be necessary.
  • To act as custodian of the national standards of mass, length, capacity, time, temperature and electrical measurement.
  • To certify those products, commodities and processes that conform to the national standards
  • To control, in accordance with provisions of the Standards Act, the use of standardization marks and distinctive marks
  • To collect and disseminate information on standards and related technical matters, nationally, regionally and internationally.
  • To function as the National Enquiry/Focal Point


  • CaribbeanRegional Organization for Standards and Quality
  • Customs and Excise Department
  • Hotel and tourism establishments
  • Manufacturing division
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Health
  • Retailers
  • St. Kitts and NevisChamber of Commerce (SKNCIC)
  • Systima Inter American Metrology Mandate
  • Travel industry
  • World Trade Organisation


St. Kitts & Nevis Bureau of Standards
Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 186

Tel: 1 (869) 465-5279
Fax: 1 (869) 465-3852
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