STANDARDS Link Vol 3 Issue 15 - Draft Standards Available for Public Comment
Draft Standards for Public Comment
The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) has issued the following draft standards for public comment:
- Labelling of tobacco products
- Tourism and related services – Requirements and recommendations for beach operators
- Cosmetics – Guidelines on good manufacturing practices.
The public comment phase of the process of adoption of a standard is critical to the implementation of standards. It is important that users have an opportunity to recommend changes to or disposing of areas which may place unreasonable demands on the sector. It is expected that having been part of the development process, the implementers will comply more readily and contribute to the creation of a quality culture in Saint Lucia.
Of equal value is the desire to establish consensus on minimum requirements in the operation of any sector; an essential to economic development.
The comment period for the standards began in June and will end on August 3rd 2015. The standards have been made available to stakeholder associations for distribution to their membership. In addition, they are available at all public libraries on the island and from the SLBS.
SCOPE: This national standard establishes general requirements and recommendations for beach operators that offer tourist and visitor services. It provides guidance for both beach operators and users regarding the delivery of sustainable management and planning, beach ownership, sustainable infrastructure and service provision needs, including beach safety, information and communication, cleaning and waste removal.
This national standard is applicable to beaches during the bathing season.
SCOPE: This International Standard gives guidelines for the production, control, storage and shipment of cosmetic products.
These guidelines cover the quality aspects of the product, but as a whole do not cover safety aspects for the personnel engaged in the plant, nor do they cover aspects of protection of the environment. Safety and environmental aspects are inherent responsibilities of the company and could be governed by local legislation and regulation.
These guidelines are not applicable to research and development activities and distribution of finished products.
SCOPE: This standard applies to the labelling of individual packages and cartons of tobacco products intended for retail sale in Saint Lucia.
This standard specifies the information, the method of display of such information, the wording and presentation of health warnings to be included on the labels of retail packages of tobacco products intended to be sold in Saint Lucia.
This standard does not apply to labelling of cases of such individual packages or cartons, irrespective of sizes, provided the cases are not displayed or used at the point of sale.