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The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards (SVGBS), in collaboration with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), will be hosting a seminar on Conformity Assessment and the Regional Quality Infrastructure on Monday, July 28th 2014 at the conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (3rd Floor Financial complex) from 8:30 a.m. 

This seminar is being implemented by the CROSQ as part of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) component of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF)-CRIP-EPA-TBT Programme. This Programme seeks to build capacity in order to progress towards achieving a modern regional and national quality infrastructure (QI) consistent with internationally-recognised principles for international trade as defined in the WTO-TBT Agreement as well as the TBT Chapter of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

The aims of this seminar are to sensitize stakeholders on the importance of conformity assessment and to obtain inputs for the development of a Regional Conformity Assessment framework, as well as to present the Draft CROSQ Regional Policy for Quality Infrastructure for discussion and obtain feedback to facilitate the finalization of the QI Policy.

The seminar will be facilitated by Messrs. Trumel Redmond and Fulgence St. Prix, Technical Officers at the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality based in Barbados. 

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VACANCY – Chief Executive Officer, CROSQ

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified nationals of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Associate Members of the Caribbean Community to fill the above mentioned position in the CROSQ with assigned duty station in Barbados.

Barbados National Standards Institution (BNSI) in collaboration with a Project under the Inter-american Metrology System (SIM) and the National Metrology Institute of Germany Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) is pleased to host the fifth and final workshop of the second phase of the program "NMI-Metrology User Relations" which will take place from 18th – 21st March 2014 in Barbados.

Discussion topics include the development and implementation of demand-oriented services as well as best practices developed within the areas regulators, secondary labs and education in the SIM Community.

Experts in the field of metrology from SIM Community as well as the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) will be present to lend guidance and discuss possible solutions to any of your unanswered metrology needs.

The main objectives of the session will include:

> Identifying individual metrology challenges/needs
> Sharing of regional and international 'best practices'
> Developing metrology solutions for local organizations
> Mechanisms for collaboration and 'group calibrations'

CROSQ & PTB Host 2nd CALIDENA Workshop

The Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards (ABBS) in collaboration with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the International Cooperation of the German Metrology Institute -Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) hosted the 2nd CALIDENA methodology workshop on 11 – 13 February, 2014 in Antigua & Barbuda. The goal of the CALIDENA Methodology is to strengthen the Quality Infrastructure (QI) services that are needed to support a specific value chain. The workshop’s objectives were to:

Undertake a rapid participatory diagnosis of quality requirements needs for the Jams and Jellies Sector against the current supply of quality infrastructure services being provided in support of the Sector.
Identification of bottlenecks and opportunities to strengthen local supply of QI services in a demand oriented way
Elaborate and agree an action plan to upgrade the QI services for the Jams and Jellies Sector.

Participants were selected from across the Jams and Jellies sector; these included the Christian Valley Agricultural Division, Central Marketing Corporation, distributors of the finished product, and small farmers. Several Agro-processors, who are the producers of the jams and jellies, were also in attendance. Feedback from these groups was essential in identifying concerns and needs within the sector.

Support institutions to the value chain such as ABBS, Analytical Services Division, IICA and CROSQ also participated fully in elaborating the Action Plan....

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