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World trade and globalization necessitates that all producers and consumers be aware of their rights to health and safety and protection of the environment, in the production and consumption of various goods and services, regardless of the places of origin. Standards bodies and standards related organizations in some ways play the role of mediator and judge to ensure that producers and consumers have sound platforms to execute their various roles in the circle of economic life on the planet.

Dr. Hayden Thomas, former Chief Government Chemist in the Ministry of Agriculture, with the cooperation of the policy makers of the day sought to bring Antigua and Barbuda on stream with the changing global and regional trends in economic co-operation, by drafting a proposal for the setting-up of the Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards. The Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards was therefore started as a desk in the Ministry of Agriculture in the late 1980s.

The Bureau of Standards is a statutory body established under the Standards Act (Cap 411) to promote and encourage the maintenance of mandatory and voluntary standards in relation to goods, services, processes and practices. It has responsibility for monitoring the manufacture of goods and the production of services to both local and international standards.

The Bureau of Standards is also seeking to expand its scope of operation to establish more information services, as well as services related to metrology (the science of measurement).

The general public is therefore invited to visit or contact the Bureau to source further information on work in progress and to offer advice and suggestions on areas that may be considered for standards development or standards related initiatives.

For further information, please contact the Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards, Corner Redcliffe Street & Corn Alley, P.O. Box 1550 St. John's, Antigua (W.I.) or Telephone 462- 2424 or email: abbs@candw.ag.


  1. Code of Hygienic Practice for the Handling of Fish and Fishery Products
  2. Code of Practice for Natural Coconut Water
  3. Code of Practice for Inbound Tour Operators
  4. Specification for Short Term Vehicle Rental
  5. Specification for Packaged Water
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Proposals for New Standards
World Standards Day Poster and Video Competition
Standard for comment
IEC Standards for comment

[New Standards for Comments]
Standard for Jams, Jellies and Marmalades
DNS 14: 201X Standard for Jams, Jellies and Marmalades [Download pdf]

Comments Form: DNS 14: 201X Standard for Jams, Jellies and Marmalades [Download pdf]

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  1. Standards Act
  2. Metrology Act
  3. Antigua and Barbuda Standards Regulations, 1998