The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has adopted two regional standards – both of which have been in development for a number of years. The region now has a common Specification for Cement, and a Code of Practice for Organic Production and Processes, both of which have been hailed as major developments by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ). “We’ve had a number of problems with trading of cement in the region of late, and so CARICOM through the COTED requested that a regional standard be developed for cement. The standard has been under development from as far back as 2007 and we finally got consensus throughout the Member States for the adoption of the regional cement standard,” said CROSQ’s Technical Officer – Standards, Mr. Fulgence St. Prix. He noted though that because standards by nature are voluntary, he hoped that Member States would now…

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Last modified on 14 November 2014
After 25 years at the helm of the main organisation for standards in Grenada – the Grenada Bureau of Standards (GDBS), Mr. Simeon Collins is saying farewell to his homeland, at least for now. Leaving this week on pre-retirement, he is already tipped to continue offering his expertise in food science at the regional level, as he takes up the mantle of the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), as CEO. “I came onto the Grenada Bureau when it was a new institution and they were looking for technical staff. I had actually just returned home with a Master’s Degree from the University of British Columbia in Food Science and during that programme we were looking at standards and quality controls, and it was what I wanted to do in terms of standardisation and with my own background in metrology,” said Mr. Collins. So he spent the next…

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Last modified on 30 September 2014
The region this week came one step closer to having a quality infrastructure policy for CARICOM states. Earlier this week, the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), in collaboration with the Barbados National Standards Institute, hosted a half-day long national consultation on the draft regional policy at the Courtyard by Marriott. In her opening remarks, BNSI Director, Anthea Ishmael noted, "The expected result is to progress toward achieving a modern regional and national quality infrastructure, according to internationally-recognised principles for international trade as defined in the WTO Agreement and the TBT Charter of the EPA. "This result aims to address the problem of lack of regional/national 'Quality Infrastructure' to facilitate and ensure compliance with technical regulations of international trade partners and with international standards and conformity assessment procedures, therewith strengthening the region’s international competitiveness and sustainable production of goods and services within the CARIFORUM states," she said. CROSQ's…

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Last modified on 26 September 2014
The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) has issued for public comment another batch of draft standards for the agricultural sector. The standards proposed for adoption as Saint Lucia National Standards will go through the mandatory sixty day period for comment by the general public. The series of standards are for grades of watermelons, waternuts, yams, potato and tania. Other agricultural standards for grades of grapefruit, mangoes, pineapples, oranges, plantain and tomatoes were issued for public comment last year as part of the overall effort to strengthen the agricultural sector. Quality standards play a critical role in trade, creating access to markets and making products and services competitive. The SLBS is aggressively supporting the Ministry of Agriculture’s programme to improve the potential for export of agricultural produce other than bananas. In addition, draft standards for wheat flour, rice and pasta products are also published for comment. The public comment phase…

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Last modified on 12 August 2014
Representatives of national standards bureaus from across the CARIFORUM Region, who met in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia from July 14-15, have called for an improved quality culture in the Region. The officials underscored the importance of bringing on-stream mutually reinforcing national and regional marketing and communication strategies/action plans related to Quality Infrastructure, in support of the Region's drive toward robust quality culture. The officials who form part of the Technical Implementation Group for Awareness and Information were convened for a second time in as many years, to deliberate in-person on the awareness raising and information dimension of 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (CRIP) Economic Partnership Agreement Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Component. This second meeting was organized by the Barbados-based CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), in collaboration with the other implementing partner institutions, Instituto Dominicano para la Calidad (INDOCAL) of the Dominican Republic…

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Last modified on 18 July 2014
PRESS RELEASE CROSQ ELECTS NEW CHAIRMAN AND VICE CHAIRMAN Bridgetown, BARBADOS The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) has, at its Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council and Eighth Annual General Meeting held in Barbados 18 - 20 November 2013 elected a new Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council to serve for the period 2013 - 2015. The newly elected Chairman of the Council is Barbados represented by Mrs. Anthea Ishmael - Director (Ag) of the Barbados National Standards Institution. Mrs. Ishmael has been the Barbados representative on the Council since 2006 and chaired the CROSQ Human Resource Committee for two successive terms, 2009-2011 and 2011-2013. She replaces Mr. Ezra D. Ledger of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards who did not seek re-election.

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Last modified on 27 February 2014

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