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STANDARDS LINK VOL 1- ISSUE 17

STANDARDS LINK VOL 1- ISSUE 17 - World Standards Day 2017

STANDARDS LINK VOL 1- ISSUE 17 - Medical Laboratories working towards Accreditation

STANDARDS LINK VOL 1- ISSUE 17 - Implementation of revised Tobacco Products Standard - SLNS 27: 2016

PRESS RELEASE - UPDATE ON STATUS OF FOREST SPRINGS PACKAGED WATER

PRESS RELEASE - May 20th is World Metrology Day

PRESS RELEASE - URGENT - PRODUCT RECALL

Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards is awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification

Press Release - Saint Lucia Standard Mark for two Outstanding Products

Press Release - STATEMENT ON CONCERNS RELATING TO UNWHOLESOMENESS OF CORNED BEEF IMPORTED FROM BRAZIL

Press Release - SLBS joins the International Community in marking World Water Day

Press Release - SLBS to recognize Six Spas on Award of Certification

STANDARDS LINK - Volume 1 Issue 16

STANDARDS Link - Volume 1 Issue 16 - Faces of Metrology

STANDARDS Link - Volume 1 Issue 16 - Metrology

STANDARDS Link - Volume 1 Issue 16 - Interview With The Head of Metrology

STANDARDS Link - Volume 1 Issue 16 -The OIML Awards SLBS for Work in Legal Metrology

World Standards Day Activities

STANDARDS Link Vol 3 Issue 15

STANDARDS Link Vol 3 Issue 15 - SLBS Celebrates 25 Years of Operations

STANDARDS Link Vol 3 Issue 15 - SLBS Observed World Metrology Day

STANDARDS Link Vol 3 Issue 15 - Draft Standards Available for Public Comment

STANDARDS Link Vol 3 Issue 15 - Collaboration to Improve Quality in Farming

STANDARDS Link Vol 3 Issue 15 - National Dialogue on Agriculture

Press Releases - SLBS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

SLBS Withdraws Products from the Market - February 2015

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 15

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 15 - New Certification Standards Officer

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 15 - Making Informed Purchasing Decisions

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 15 - The SLBS & CROSQ Convene Meeting of Information Personnel in Standardization

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 15 - The SLBS Launches Verification Service for the Health Sector.

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 15 - A Group of Health & Beauty Establishments Lead the Charge in Quality

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 15 - The SLBS Encourages Local Companies to Own the Future

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 15 - The SLBS Awards Quality Mark to Food Products

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 15 - The SLBS Hosts Regional Workshop

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About us

The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards was established as a statutory body under the Standards Act No. 14 of 1990, and commenced operations on 01 April 1991. The affairs of SLBS are governed by a broad based Standards Council, which sets the policy direction of the institution.This Council is accountable to the Minister with responsibility for Standards Matters(that is, the Minister of Commerce).The Director of SLBS is the chief executive who is responsible for directing and managing the financial and administrative affairs of SLBS.

The Standards Act provides for the preparation and promotion of standards in relation to goods, services, processes and practices used and produced locally. The Act gives SLBS the responsibility to develop and promote standards for products and services for the protection of the health and safety of consumers and the environment, as well as for industrial development, in order to promote the enhancement of the economy of Saint Lucia.

SLBS also administers the Metrology Act No. 17 of 2000. This legislation gives the organization the responsibility to regulate all weights and measures activities on the island. This Act also makes provision for the metrication of Saint Lucia. Consequently, SLBS is responsible for developing, adopting, maintaining, promoting encouraging and enforcing conformity to standards, and providing metrology services. SLBS executes its mandate through a number of programmes in the following areas: 

1. Standards Development - National standards development and national position formulation

2. Certification - Product and process certification

3. Compliance – Enforcement of compulsory national standards and international standards where applicable

4. Metrology - Verification and calibration of measuring devices

5. Information Services – Provision of technical information

6. Technical Assistance - Provision of training and other specific conformity related activities and development of sector-based standards.

SLBS serves as the National Enquiry Point for the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and the contact point for CODEX (the joint commission between the FAO and WHO), which is responsible for developing international food standards.

Further, the institution has full membership with the following:

1.International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 

2. The CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)

3.Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) 

4. Inter-American Metrology System (SIM)

SLBS has also forged partnerships and alliances with other regional and international standards bodies such as the:

1. International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 

2.American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) 

3. British Standards Institute (BSI).  

Continuation of Products and Services  

• Sale of national, regional and international standards and standard-type documents

• Monitoring of compliance of goods to compulsory national standards and international standards where applicable

• Information Services 

SLBS provides library services and carry out research pertaining to standard related matters. SLBS serves as the National Enquiry  Point for the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and the contact point for CODEX (the joint commission between the FAO and WHO),  which is responsible for developing international food standards.  

• Technical assistance in areas of standards, metrology and related matters in the form of:

o Research

o Development of industry standards/codes

o Facilitating testing and other standard related activities

o Assessment of specified facilities