ACP EU TBT Programme Outputs

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The Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Programme was a €15 million demand-driven trade-related technical assistance facility covering the period 2013-2017. The Programme funded by the European Union at the request of the ACP Group of States ended in June 2017 and before its finalisation the Programme Management Unit applied a selection process to identify key outputs produced during the lifetime of the Programme for ready access by ACP beneficiaries. These outputs are classified around 4 key TBT areas, i.e. Accreditation and Certification; Standardisation; QI and Training. The documents selection was made on the basis of four criteria namely: quality of the output; replicability; non-confidentiality and approval by the beneficiary. The documents available on this page cover different aspects of Quality Infrastructure (QI) such as:

  • National QI policy definition and institutional framework
  • Trade Regulatory Impact Assessments
  • Draft of technical regulations: good regulatory practice guidelines
  • GRP methodology and the harmonisation of procedures
  • Risk Management Assessments in Regulatory Frameworks
  • Development and harmonization of Standards (Regional and national); value chain approach
  • Proposal of regulations and codes of practices to effective and gradual implementation of standards
  • Mutual recognition arrangements
  • Laboratories accreditation: mainly gap analysis and needs assessments
  • E-learning Programme Platforms on Accreditation and Legal Metrology
  • SMEs coaching for certification
  • Training material such as training of trainers

Enjoy your reading and be sure to contact either the ACP Secretariat or the European Commission with any queries that you may have.

TBT Programme selected outputs on Certification & Accreditation: 
TBT Programme selected outputs on Quality Infrastructure:
TBT Programme selected outputs on Standardisation:
TBT Programme selected outputs on Training:


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10TH European Development Fund  Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme Economic Partnership Agreement  Technical Barriers to Trade Component


The Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) component of the 10th European Development Fund - Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (EDF-CRIP), "Support to the Caribbean Forum of the ACP States in the implementation of the commitments undertaken under the Economic Partnership Agreement", is funded through a Financial Agreement between the European Union and CARIFORUM.


The overall objective of the 10th EDF Programme is to support the beneficial integration of the CARIFORUM states into the world economy, to support regional cooperation and the development efforts of the Caribbean, in an effort to meet the requirements under the current Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and CARIFORUM.

The overall objective of the EPA-TBT component is to facilitate intra- and inter-regional trade as well as international competitiveness and sustainable production of goods and services within the CARIFORUM states for the enhancement of social and economic development.


The EDF-CRIP TBT Component will focus on increasing the use of services of internationally recognized regional quality infrastructure institutions in the CARIFORUM States, specifically the National Standards Bodies (NSBs) in each State. The CARIFORUM States are: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The project will achieve its objectives through six components, namely:

  • Strengthening of the metrology infrastructure within the region;
  • Strengthening and harmonisation of the standardization infrastructure;
  • Operationalization of regional schemes for accreditation, certification and conformity assessment; and
  • Develop and operationalise a regional scheme for certification and conformity assessment;
  • Build awareness, strengthen the information and communication infrastructure and develop a coordinated knowledge management system;
  • Strengthen the institutions CROSQ Secretariat, INDOCAL and the NSBs from an organizational level, as well as to develop a regional framework for market surveillance.

Additionally, from an organizational level, institutional strengthening of the CROSQ Secretariat, INDOCAL and the NSBs will also be an aspect of this project, as well as development of a regional framework for market surveillance.


7.8 million Euros


The project is of fifty-seven (57) months duration.


The EDF-CRIP EPA-TBT component is overseen by the Delegation of the European Union in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and is being managed by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) together with the implementing partners the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the Dominican Institute for Quality (INDOCAL).

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  • Project Manager – Mr. Carl Felix Wolff, PTB
  • Project Coordinator – Dr. Sabine Greiner, PTB
  • Project Coordinator – Ms. Karlene Russell, CROSQ
  • Project Coordinator – Ms. Claribel Lopez Rodriguez, INDOCAL

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