2nd Floor Baobab Towers
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 Central Secretariat
Chemin de Blandonnet 8
1214 Vernier, Geneva
+41 22 749 01 11 (Phone)
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.
100 Barr Harbor Drive
P.O. Box C700
West Conshohocken, PA
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.
FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy
+39 06 5705.1 (Phone)
+39 06 5705.4593 (Fax)
"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.
International Electrotechnical Commission
3, rue de Varembé, 1st floor
P.O. Box 131
CH - 1211
+41 22 919 02 11 (Phone)
+41 22 919 03 00 (Fax)
"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.