Nassau, The Bahamas -- Minister of Financial Services the Hon. Ryan Pinder said in order to create a quality infrastructure for goods and services within the region, the need for collaboration and cooperation among nations in CARICOM cannot be overstated. Minister Pinder was speaking at the opening of the National Consultation on draft Regional Quality Infrastructure Policy hosted by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) at the British Colonial Hilton, Friday, August 22, 2014. He said all of the countries within the region have their own unique characteristics including how they measure the quality of goods and…

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Basseterre, St. Kitts – The St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards (SKNBS), within the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, hosted over 20 persons from Stakeholders on August 20, 2014. The “Draft Regional Policy for Quality Infrastructure” national consultation held at the Agriculture Department Conference Room, was funded through the 10th European Development Fund – Technical Barriers to Trade Component and the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ). Quality infrastructure refers to all the fields of metrology, standardization, certification, testing, quality management system and accreditation that have a bearing on conformity assessment and quality.…

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Efforts to strengthen the quality management infrastructure and continue the development and implementation of the accreditation programme of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) Laboratory, took a step further with the singing of the Memorandum of Understanding between CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality and GRDB. The Memorandum of Understanding establishes the framework for providing technical support and financial resources to strengthen the GRDB Laboratory in addition to the accredited testing of rice for Moisture Analysis and Physical Test by Grain Characteristics. The Accreditation Programme is financed through the Caribbean Development Bank CARTFUND project: Strengthening the Capabilities of Testing…

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The Grenada Bureau of Standards (GDBS) in collaboration with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) through support from the Technical Barriers to Trade component of the 10th European Development Fund staged a three-day workshop from June 03-05, 2014 in celebration of World Accreditation Day. The workshop, focusing on Creating Confidence through the implementation of International Accreditation and Conformity Assessment Standards, targeted personnel from medical, testing and calibration laboratories as well as inspection and certification bodies. The main objective of the workshop was to build and upgrade Accreditation and Conformity Assessment capacity in these organisations and in so…

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The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) joins with other organisations in over ninety countries to celebrate World Accreditation Day on June 09, 2014. The theme for this year is Accreditation: Delivering confidence in the provision of energy. Accreditation is the independent assessment of bodies performing activities such as testing, calibration, inspection or certification against internationally recognised standards to ensure their competence, integrity and impartiality to perform these activities. This year’s theme is relevant as we in the Caribbean continue to make strides in developing our renewable energy capacity in areas such as hydropower, wind, solar and geothermal…

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Bridgetown, BARBADOS, May 27, 2014. CROSQ collaborated with one of its partners Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) to promote the work being done to strengthen the Regional Quality Infrastructure to overcome Technical Barriers to Trade (TBTs) at a two-day workshop hosted by the GIZ during the period May 26-27, 2014 at the Hilton Resort Barbados. Project Coordinator of the 10th EDF-CRIP-EPA-TBT Programme, Ms. Karlene Russell The Project Coordinator of the European Union funded 10th EDF-CRIP-EPA-TBT Programme at CROSQ, Ms. Karlene Russell gave a presentation on the initiatives being undertaken to strengthen the capacity of the National Standards Bureaus (NSBs) in the areas…

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Bridgetown, BARBADOS, May 28, 2014. The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) hosted the launch of three programmes focused on food safety in the agro-processing and specialty foods sector at the Hilton Barbados today. The launch included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the CARICOM Regional Organisation of Standards and Quality (CROSQ), the opening of a Special Call for Proposals – Food Safety for CARIFORUM agro-processing firms to receive financial assistance and, finally, the launch of the Agency’s new regional online Food Safety Portal. Present at the event…

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The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards joins the global community to mark World Metrology Day on Tuesday 20th May. This year's theme is “Measurements and the global energy challenge. In a joint release, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) stated, that, “the world is facing a growing global energy challenge over the coming decades. The crux of the problem is the growing energy demand, particularly from the emerging nations, coupled with the need to limit or reduce greenhouse gases. Add in the desire to have diversity and security of supply…

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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,…

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