CROSQ Trademark

CROSQ Secretariat
2nd Floor Baobab Towers
Warrens
St. Michael
Barbados
+1-246-622-7670 (Phone)
+1-246-622-7677 (Fax)

The CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) is a regional inter-governmental organisation established in February 2002 to facilitate the development of regional standards, promote the harmonization of metrology systems and support the sustainable production and trade of goods and services in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Headquartered in Barbados, CROSQ is the regional centre for promoting efficiency and competitive production in goods and services, through the process of standardization and the verification of quality. In this regard, CROSQ aims to support international competitiveness for the enhancement of social and economic development of the region.

All fifteen (15) Member States of CARICOM are members of CROSQ – Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Antigua Barbuda Bureau of Stanards is a full member of CROSQ and an active participant in the work of standardization, regionally with CROSQ, and internationally as a signatory to the WTO/TBT Code of Good Practice for Standardization. CARIMET is the technical committee for CROSQ, and the ABBS also have responsibility for the National Enquiry point for the WTO/TBT Agreement. Because we are members of CARICOM, the Director of the ABBS is on the CROSQ Council with the position of General Secretary, but we also have a representative on the technical management committee with comprises of only eight select members from CARICOM.

 

ISO Trademark

ISO Central Secretariat
BIBC II
Chemin de Blandonnet 8
CP 401
1214 Vernier, Geneva
Switzerland
+41 22 749 01 11 (Phone)

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization which is composed of 162 member countries that are standard bodies from around the world. ISO was founded since 1946 with only 25 member countries at that time with the aim “to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards.” International Organization for Standardization has different acronyms in different languages; therefore ISO is given by the founders, derived from the Greek word isos, meaning equal. “Whatever the country, whatever the language, we are always ISO.” ISO was primarily established to develop voluntary international standards which can be applied to every aspect of trade and industry. ISO publishes over 19500 International Standards.

Popular Standards of ISO includes:

  • ISO 9000 - Quality Management,
  • ISO - 14000 - Environmental management,
  • ISO 22000 - Food Safety Management and
  • ISO 31000 - Risk Management.

The main objective for ISO International Standards is to ensure the quality, safety and efficiency of products and services.

The members of ISO are the bureaux of standards. ABBS has a connection in that it is a subscriber member of the International Organization for Standardization. As a subscriber member, ABBS receives updates on ISO’s work but cannot participate in them. Therefore having this level of access, ABBS cannot sell or adopt ISO International Standards nationally.

 

ASTM Trademark

ASTM Headquarters
100 Barr Harbor Drive
P.O. Box C700
West Conshohocken, PA
19428-2959, USA
+1.610.832.9500 (Phone)
+1.610.832.9555 (Fax)

The ASTM International – American Society for Testing and Materials is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence… The American Society for Testing and Materials was formed in 1898, founded by Charles B. Dudley, Ph.D., a chemist with the Pennsylvania Railroad.’ By the year 2001 the name was changed to ASTM International. ASTM's world headquarters are located in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, with offices in Belgium, Canada, China, Peru and Washington, D.C."

ABBS and ASTM International have a mutual agreement expressed through a joint signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, 'effective 16 January 2012.' Through this agreement ABBS becomes a participating member 'on all relevant technical committees at no charge' with benefits. ABBS is granted access to current information of ASTM International standardization development activities, and actively participate 'through review of and comment on ASTM International draft standards to ensure that the standards meet the needs of Antigua and Barbuda industry. Finally, as agreed upon in the MOU, ABBS can adopt and implement ASTM International standards at a national level 'without payment of any royalty to ASTM International', provided that ASTM International standard remains the copyright English-language version of such standard.

 

CODEX ALIMENTARIUS Trademark

Codex Secretariat
FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy
+39 06 5705.1 (Phone)
+39 06 5705.4593 (Fax)

The Codex Alimentarius (or "Food Code") is a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practices, and guidelines which relates to food processes, food production and food safety. It was the result of a joint resolution of two international, non-governmental organizations: FAO and WHO in 1963. It is also known as the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standard Program. “The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) … is the international governmental body that negotiates and adopts the standards and guidelines that are subsequently incorporated into the Codex Alimentarius.” CAC was established by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in food trade.

"The primary mission of the Codex Alimentarius is to ensure safe, good food for everyone, everywhere." This mission was accomplished by means of scientific research and investigation which then can be used to share information globally on various foods and food contaminants. For this reason the WTO recommended its food standards in the World Trade Organization Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement).   Hence, "Codex Alimentarius- or the food code has become the global reference point for consumers, food producers and processors, national food control agencies and the international food trade."

The Bureau is a member of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. It serves as the ‘National Codex Contact Point (CCP), which manages a collection of Codex Standards and other FAO and WHO publications; and manages Codex activities and disseminates codex information at the national level.

 

IEC Trademark

International Electrotechnical Commission
3, rue de Varembé, 1st floor
P.O. Box 131
CH - 1211
Geneva 20
Switzerlan
+41 22 919 02 11 (Phone)
+41 22 919 03 00 (Fax)

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) "is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in 1906. The IEC's members are National Committees, and they appoint experts and delegates coming from industry, government bodies, associations and academia to participate in the technical and conformity assessment work of the IEC.' The IEC Central Office is located in Geneva, Switzerland."

"The IEC is the world's leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies." The Technical Committees, Subcommittees and other subsidiary working groups carry out the development of IEC International Standards. Various technologies covered by the Standard includes: rotating machinery, power transmission, electric cables, equipment, semiconductors, integrated circuits, fibre optics, and other such like electrotechnologies.

In 2001 IEC launched an Affiliate Country Programme that globally reaches out to developing countries. 'The Programme offers such countries a form of participation in the IEC without the financial burden of actual membership, making full use of IEC 100% electronic environment.' Therefore through this programme ABBS becomes an affiliate member of the International Electrotechnical Commission.