REGIONAL WORK INTENSIFIES FOR FOOD AND HUMAN SAFETY ON WORLD ACCREDITATION DAY Featured
Efforts are intensifying within CARICOM to get more laboratories with links to food chains accredited. This announcement came from the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ) today (June 9th), as the globe celebrates World Accreditation Day. The efforts, funded by many donor agencies are bringing together the skills of the region, that are available through the CROSQ Network, to help laboratories put themselves in a position to gain international accreditation. CEO of CROSQ, Mr. Deryck Omar stressed that, “While quality infrastructure comprised the systems and institutions that contributed to strengthening the quality of good and services, the role and importance of accreditation is of particular importance now as it’s an absolutely necessary tool to help ensure the accuracy and reliability of the testing results in the food chain. He further elaborated: “Among the COVID19 and post-COVID19 issues we are and will be seeing in relation to food security…

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Last modified on 08 June 2020
GLOBAL PANDEMIC UNDERSCORES MEASUREMENT ACCURACY IMPORTANCE ON WORLD METROLOGY DAY Featured
May 20, 2020, Bridgetown, BARBADOS – Regional metrologists (measurement experts), as well as their international counterparts, are today celebrating World Metrology Day (May 20th) by recognising the increasing importance their work will have to play in the current climate and the future economic recovery. The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ) recognised the day by acknowledging the work of metrologists in the region, as many of our countries continue to grapple with the COVID19 pandemic. CEO, Mr. Deryck Omar stated that many National Standards Bodies which comprise the CROSQ Network have been offering their measurement services and trying to find ways to support essential services on the frontline, as well as the business community, many of which are now phasing back into operation across the region. He said this was one of the ways that quality services remained very relevant at this time and lauded the regions NSBs…

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Last modified on 20 May 2020
Speakers at the launch of the 11th EDF-EPA TBT Programme in Barbados. From left: Mr. Luis Maia of the EU Delegation; Ms. Karen Dhani-Coonjah of CARIFORUM; Minister of Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott of Barbados; Mrs. Karilyn Rodriguez of INDOCAL; Dr. Sabine Greiner of PTB and Mr. Deryck Omar of CROSQ. Featured
The Caribbean Region’s latest quality-related project is looking to take as much advantage of the European Union-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The newest project, under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) EPA Programme’s Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Component, is aiming to find and close the existing quality gaps in key sectors, value chains and organisations; bring greater awareness to the region about quality, and the strengthening of regional quality institutions. It is being managed by the German National Metrology Institute and implemented in the region by CROSQ and the Dominican Republic’s quality institution, INDOCAL. In addressing his hopes for the 11th EDF EPA TBT, Head of Cooperation with the European Union Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Mr. Luis Maia noted that despite the 10 year existence of the EPA in the region, there were still gaps to fill. “That we have not achieved…

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Last modified on 06 March 2020
The Technical Committee that has worked on the development of the National Standard: “Coconut Oil - Specifications”, alongside Director, Ms. Charelle Parker (seated left). Featured
The first step towards standardization within the Suriname coconut sector is a fact! Based on its mandate laid down in SB 2006 no. 30 Article 4, paragraph 1, the Final Draft National Standard “Coconut Oil Specifications” was developed by the Surinamese Standards Bureau (SSB) and was therefore adopted as the National Standard. As the agency responsible for standards in Suriname, the SSB has proudly announced the National Standard "Coconut Oil - Specifications" as of October 31, 2019. Stakeholders from the sector who have worked on this standard included, Reinier Taus & Mrs. Gitana Plak from ECTAD-Suriname; Mr. Mohamed S. Khodabaks & Mr. Roel Ramautar from the Ministry of Agriculture; Livestock and Fisheries (LVV); Ms. Brenda van Daal & Ms. Melisa Part of the Marron Women Network; Mr. Rick Ong A Kwie from Principalis Consultancy; Ms. Drucenda Faerber from Shalom N.V.; Ms. Florence Giddings & Ms. Bionella Benali from Consumer Circle;…

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Last modified on 19 December 2019
Minister for Trade, Hon. Oliver Joseph, with the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Aaron Francois, Director of GDBS Mr. Robert Medford, Chief Executive Officer of CROSQ, Mr. Deryck Omar, Project Coordinator, CROSQ , Mr. Terry Hutchinson, Co-ordinator – Technical Co-operation Division of CDB, Ms. Andrea Power and the consultants of MESOPARTNER, Ms. Julie- Ann Laudat, Mr. Hermon Edmonson & Mr. Theodore Reddock. Featured
Grenada has received an opportunity to develop a National Quality Policy (NQP) through the programme ‘Strengthening of the Regional Quality Infrastructure’. The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ) has received funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to administer this programme, with one of its components being the development of national quality policies in Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda and Suriname. A Quality Policy is the legal instrument used by governments in promoting and sustaining economic development, as well as environmental and social well-being. It is used to sustain an effective quality infrastructure, which relies on metrology, standardization, accreditation, conformity assessment and market surveillance. The launch of the development process of Grenada’s Quality Policy was held on March 19, 2019 at the conference room of the Grenada Bureau of Standards (GDBS). Hon. Oliver Joseph, Minister of Trade, Industry, Co-operatives & CARICOM Affairs was there to share his excitement with…

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Last modified on 12 November 2019
The CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code. Featured
The new codes will help Member States improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and support energy conservation efforts Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council, ASHRAE, the CARICOM Secretariat Energy Unit and the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) announced today the release of new standards for energy efficient buildings for its Member States. The 2018 CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (CREEBC), which will cover both commercial and residential construction, is a joint effort by the CROSQ, the Code Council and ASHRAE. “These standards for energy efficient buildings reflect the unique energy requirements of tropical environments and will ultimately increase adoption rates of more effectual technologies for renewable energy and energy conservation,” commented the CEO of CROSQ, Mr. Deryck Omar. “The adoption of these codes will go a long way toward allowing our members to mitigate the impacts of a changing climate. It also demonstrates the…

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Last modified on 12 November 2019
National Standards Bureaux (NSBs) and other quality improvement and control-related institutions in Caribbean are to receive assistance in implementing technical barriers to trade (TBT) provisions to better comply with trade requirements as laid out by the World Trade Organisation agreements. The initiative is funded by the TradeCom II Programme, which is an African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – European Union (EU) funded project. It targets NSBs and related institutions to also help them prepare for the trade provisions of the CARIFOUM EU Economic Partnership Agreement. It is being managed by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ), as part of the ACP/EU’s TradeCom II Programme. At the kick-off meeting held recently in Barbados at the CROSQ’s Headquarters in Baobab Towers, Warrens, St. Michael, representatives of the European Union, CROSQ, the Barbados National Standards Institution, TradeCom II, Quarein – the technical assistance consultants, and the CROSQ…

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Last modified on 12 November 2019
The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) has been praised by regional and international partners for the role it continues to play in supporting the improvement of the quality of products and services traded within the region. The praise, from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the European Union (EU), came as CROSQ was hosting the 32nd Meeting of its Council of National Bureaux of Standards’ Directors in Barbados recently. Coordinator of Regional Cooperation and Integration in the Technical Cooperation Division of CDB, Ms. Andrea Power, told the opening of the meeting that CROSQ’s model of cost-effectively pooling resources between member states to provide “complementary systems and services” held the potential to be a benchmark model in the area of trade. “CDB is pleased to participate in the 32nd meeting of the council of CROSQ. The Board’s commitment to and mandate to promote regional integration is rooted in…

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Last modified on 19 April 2018
The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards has successfully completed the first year surveillance audit for the three-year certification to the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System standard. The audit conducted in March 2018 has recommended that the SLBS maintain registration to the ISO 9001:2015 certification. The surveillance audit is a check of the system to ensure that the SLBS is consistently maintaining and delivering an effective quality management system, and drives continuous improvements to products, services, and internal processes. The surveillance audit was conducted over two days by the independent accredited registrar company Perry Johnsons Registrars of the United States. ISO 9001 is the world’s most popular quality management system standard that helps businesses demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that satisfy customer, statutory and regulatory requirements. The certification aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of a company’s system, including processes for improving the system…

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