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Press Release Draft Standards Available for Public Comment !!!

Draft Standards Available for Public Comment !!!

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

Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards NEW STANDARDS ADOPTED

PRESS RELEASE !!! - Saint Lucia is Recognized for Progress in Legal Metrology

World Standards Day Activities

PRESS RELEASE - New Draft Standards Now Available for Comment !!!

PRESS RELEASE - Withdrawn Products !!

Caribbean Agricultural Health & Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) LOGO Competitiion

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 RELEASE - NATIONAL DIALOGUE on Quality Infrastructure for Agrticulture

Press Release-Saint Lucia Observes World Metrology Day

Press Releases - SLBS Invites all to its Standards & Business Showcase !!

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

New Adopted Standards

SLBS awards Quality Logo to Food Products

October 14th is World Standards Day

SLBS Withdraws Products from the Market

PRESS RELEASE:SLBS Invites Comments on Draft Standards Proposed for Adoption

STANDARDS Link VOL 2 ISSUE 14 - Draft Standards for Public Comment

STANDARDS Link VOL 2 ISSUE 14 - Feature Article by Mr. Julius James

STANDARDS Link VOL 2 ISSUE 14 - The SLBS and CROSQ convene meeting of Information Personnel in Standardization

STANDARDS Link VOL 2 ISSUE 14 - World Metrology Day 2014

STANDARDS Link VOL 2 ISSUE 14 - SLBS Moves Closer to Certification to ISO 9001:2008

SLBS encourages Local Companies to Own the Future

The SLBS Congratulates Baron Foods

PRESS RELEASE: World Metrology Day

PRESS RELEASE - SLBS launches Verification Service for the Health Sector

SLBS launches Verification Service for the Health Sector

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 13- Doctor's In

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 13 - Making Food Safe for All

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 13 - SLBS embraces Culture

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 13 -Lets Use Metric

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 13 - SLBS to unveil New Laboratory

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 12 - Technical Committee Launched

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 12 -SLBS Streamlines a Critical Process

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 12 - SLBS Promotes Business Development

STANDARDS Link VOL 2 ISSUE 12 - Editorial Committee fro National Standards Receive Training

STANDARDS Link VOL 2 ISSUE 12 - Certification Department to Lead The Way in 2014

STANDARDS Link Vol 2 ISSUE 12 - Director's Address

Public Notice - Adopted Standards

Safety is Important when decorating for the holidays.

SLBS working towards Efficiencies in the Clearing of Goods.

Address to the Nation by Minister Hippolyte World Standards Day, 14 October 2013

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Standards Development

The Standards Development Department (SDD) is responsible for the development and maintenance of national standards and the formulation of national positions on  regional and international standardization issues.. The Department manages and coordinates the work of various technical committees, comprised of  representatives of relevant stakeholder groups and technical experts, that  contribute to the overall development of national standards.

Standards are developed in a wide variety of fields by Technical Committees comprised of experts in each field. The Standards Development Department of SLBS is responsible for planning and coordinating the development of national standards in addition to participating in international standards activities.The specific activities  of the department includes:

  • Research activities and foresight planning for identification of greatest priorities for standardization
  • Formulation of draft standards and identification of suitable regional and international standards for adoption as national standards
  • Review and maintenance of national standard
  • Periodic consultations with producers, service providers, Government Agencies, the private sector, consumer representatives, special interest groups and the general public to promote the concept and importance of standardization in national development
  • Participation in regional and international standardization

The standards development work programme of SLBS focuses on the development, adoption and promotion of standards that will enhance product or service competitiveness and ultimately the economic development of St. Lucia. These standards may be developed from scratch but such an approach is often costly and time consuming. Also there is always the very real possibility that the lengthy developmental process will culminate in no more than a re-invention of the wheel.

The SDD  programme is designed to achieve this objective. The  execution of duties are  guided by the principles outlined in the ISO Code of Ethics, WTO good standardization practices, relevant ISO/IEC directives and the procedures and work instructions of the SLBS. These principles include:

a)  openness

b)  all inclusive participation by all stakeholders, including the public

c)  timely and adequate notification of activities related to regional or international standardization

d)  balance of interests in technical committees [producers; distributors; consumers; government; academia;special interest groups, etc.

e)  respect for differing views and objections

f)  achieving consensus  

g)  preparation and maintenance of records

h)  appeals and dispute resolution mechanism

In view of this, the Standards Development Department encourages technical committees to adopt regional or international standards that will bring greater benefits to St. Lucia on a wider scale. Technical Committees operate on a consensus principle and the public is also given the opportunity to examine and comment on all draft standards before they are adopted as National Standards.

Current technical committees operating at the St. Lucia Bureau of Standards include

SLBS TC 1    National CODEX and Food Safety
SLBS TC 2   
Agricultural Products and Practices
SLBS TC 3   
Chemicals and Chemical Products
SLBS TC 4   
Construction and Engineering 
SLBS TC 5   
Environmental Management
SLBS TC 6   
Tourism
SLBS TC 7   
Advertising
SLBS TC 8   
Metrology
SLBS TC 9   
Telecommunications
SLBS TC 10  
Mechanical Engineering Products and Practices
SLBS TC 11  
Blood Bank and Transfusion Services
SLBS TC 12  
Furniture
SLBS TC 13  
Electrical Products and Electronics
SLBS TC 14  
General Consumer Products
SLBS TC 15  
Beauty and Wellness
SLBS TC 16  
Early Childhood Development
SLBS TC 17  
Social Responsibility

The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards [SLBS] is a member of standards setting organizations such as ISO, IEC, COPANT, CODEX & CROSQ. THe Standards Development aspects that are accrued due to membership of these organisations are coordinated by the SDD.  This enables the SLBS [and by extension St. Lucia] to participate in and contribute to the development and application of regional and international standards and other related deliverables. SLBS contributes to this process through:

a)  active participation in the work programmes of selected technical committees, sub-committees, or working groups established by these organizations

b)  commenting and voting on committee draft standards, draft regional/international standards, final draft regional/international standards and other standards related documents, issues, etc

c)  establishing national mirror technical committees, ad hoc advisory groups, etc. to monitor the technical work of these regional/international organizations

d)  participating in surveys on the application and impacts of regional/international standards and other related deliverables

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