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The CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality follows the internationally established method of standards development. In our instance, that process begins with the recognition of the need for a specific standard and a proposal that such a standard is developed for regional use. That process is referred to as a New Work Item Proposal (NWIP).

That proposal then has to be accepted by the CROSQ Council, which is comprised of the directors of each of the 15 Member States’ standards bureaux, to kick start the process.

The process steps:

The final versions of all standards are submitted by the Regional Standards Technical Management Committee to the CROSQ Council for approval, prior to being submitted to the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) for final regional approval. This only occurs after the national circulation for voting process, and where there are no sustained objections.
Below is a table of standards currently under development, or on hold. This table will be updated periodically, but at least twice per year. [Last updated April 27, 2022)

*NB: All requests, enquiries or comments on Draft CARICOM Regional Standards out for Public Comment, should be directed through the Bureau of Standards in a CARICOM Member State.

All published CARICOM Regional Standards are available for purchase from the Bureau of Standards in a CARICOM Member State; or the CROSQ Secretariat.

All draft and published CARICOM Regional Standards are copyrighted to the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality.

Standards Under Development

Code and/or Name of StandardStage of StandardMember State Leading DevelopmentPriority LevelComments on Standard
Labelling of Pre-packaged Foods -RevisionDraft StandardSurinameHighStandard returned to stage 40 due to lack of consensus at voting stage. Comments received at the voting stage are being disposed by the RTSC
Paints - Solvent-borne Coatings – Specification Final Draft StandardTrinidad and TobagoHighFDCRS approved to be presented to the 54th COTED for approval
Specification for White SugarFinal Draft StandardGuyanaHighStandard submitted to 52nd COTED standard approval differed pending resolution of Trinidad and Tobago and Belize's negative votes.
Specification for RumWorking DraftBarbadosHighStandard revision is being undertaken by RTC 3 (Processed foods. Working group established for the development of the WD. Working Draft being developed.
Non-medical Face-masksDraft StandardTrinidad and TobagoHighDCRS circulated for comments and comments received are being disposed by the RPT
Hand Sanitisers - Alcohol-basedDraft StandardAntigua and BarbudaHighDCRS circulated for comments. Deadline date 06 May 2022
Labelling of Biodegradable ProductsDraft StandardDominicaHighFDCRS cirulated for acceptance with a deadline of 16 March 2022. Received 1 negative vote which will be resolved prior to submission to COTED
Tobacco Advertising, Sponsorship, Sale and PromotionDraft StandardSaint LuciaMediumDCRS submitted for a second round of comments. Deadline 31st March 2022; extended at a request by MS TTBS to 29 April 2022.
Nutritional Labelling - GuidelinesDraft StandardJamaicaNormalDCRS circulated for comments and comments are currently being addressed by the RTSC
Pesticides - LabellingDraft StandardTrinidad and TobagoNormalRPT disposing of comments
Specification for Toilet TissueFinal Draft StandardSurinameNormalDCRS submitted for voting, 1 negative vote rceived. Meeting scheduled to resolve negative vote, the meeting invitation not accepted by MS and as such the standard will be presented to 54th COTED for approval.
Construction of Houses - Code of PracticeWorking DraftDominica and St Vincent and the GrenadinesNormalJoint hosting of RPT with Dominica and St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Standard at Stage 30. WD developed. Consideration of WD to CD
Specification for Liquid Chlorine BleachDraft StandardTrinidad and TobagoLowRTSC disposing of comments

Standards on Hold

Code and/or Name of StandardStage of StandardMember State Leading DevelopmentPriority LevelComments on Standard
Electrical Cables - SpecificationOn holdTrinidad and TobagoOn HoldStandard development suspended - TMC to determine need for standard at this point
Tourist Accommodation Part IV -Apartments and Condos New Proposal/On holdTo be determinedOn Hold

New Work Item approved but development placed on hold.

Tourist Accommodation Part V - Bed and BreakfastNew Proposal/On holdTo be determinedOn Hold

New Work Item approved but development placed on hold.

Tourist Accommodation Part VI - Villas, Cottages and Cabanas Part New Proposal/On holdTo be determinedOn Hold

New Work Item approved but development placed on hold.

Tourist Accommodation Part VII - Home Accommodation New Proposal/On holdTo be determinedOn Hold

New Work Item approved but development placed on hold.

Flat-plate Photovoltaic (PV) Modules and Panels – Requirements New Proposal/On holdTo be determinedOn Hold

New Work Item approved but development placed on hold.

Cocoa Beans: Part 1: Cocoa Beans - SamplingOn holdTrinidad and TobagoOn Hold
Cocoa Beans: Part 2: Cocoa Beans - Specification and Quality RequirementsOn holdTrinidad and TobagoOn Hold
Cocoa Beans: Part 3: Specific Requirements for Fine or Flavour CocoaOn holdTrinidad and TobagoOn Hold
Cocoa Beans: Part 4: Sustainable and Traceable CocoaOn holdTrinidad and TobagoOn Hold
CARICOM CompostOn holdJamaicaOn Hold
Professional Engineering Services - Code of PracticeOn holdTo be determinedOn Hold