Press Releases
By Dwayne Clarke / 15th August 2017

The Fuel Pump Verification Programme is a Go…

The Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards announced the official launch of its fuel pump verification programme today (10th August 2017),. In April of this year (2017) the Metrology Act came into effect and the Bureau of Standards proposed its first steps for implementation of the Act to be the establishment of a Fuel Pump Verification Service in Antigua (with the establishment of the service for Barbuda to be done at a date to be announced). The journey to this stage involved Bureau of Standards personnel working with the fuel suppliers and retailers to perform checks/tests on the fuel dispensers for accuracy to ensure that the pumps are delivering correctly the stated metered quantities. This will ensure that consumers are receiving the quantities purchased and that the retailers are not losing product due to faulty dispensing. Having done the necessary preliminary checks all fuel dispensers that have “passed the test”...

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By Dwayne Clarke / 4th May 2017

Verification of Fuel Dispensers and Calibration Training Workshop

On January 9–13, 2017, the Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards hosted a Verification of Fuel Dispensers and Calibration of Volumetric Test Measures Workshop, at the Bureau’s office on Old Parham Road, St. John’s. The workshop was facilitated by experts from the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Jamaica, being sponsored by the 10th EDF-CRIP-EPA-TBT Programme and CROSQ. Participants received training in the calibration in what is called fuel dispenser provers which then be used verify fuel dispensers that are used for commerce. This is to ensure that fuel pumps dispenses the correct volume of fuel. The privilege was granted in that participants also get to learn of experiences of handling provers. The training session was geared towards bringing awareness to the Fuel Dispenser Verification Service, a new service to be offered by the Bureau, with to respect the proclamation of The Metrology Act of 2007, No. 17 of 2007, regulations....

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Press Releases
By Dwayne Clarke / 5th April 2017

Region’s 10th EDF Technical Barrier to Trade Programme Closes

All eyes will be focused on Antigua and Barbuda next week, when the 30th Council of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) meets for the close out of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Programme and Directors’ meeting. The March 13 – 17th Council meeting is expected to attract more than 50 persons from the 15 CARICOM Member States, the Dominican Republic, and even as far away as Germany, as many international organisations and agencies affiliated with trade and the European Union-funded 10th EDF TBT programme arrive in the country for the meeting. The first day will feature a Close out Seminar of the CARIFORUM 10th EDF-TBT Programme which began in 2012. The programme, which lasted for a period of five (5) years, and will conclude this month, and was centered around the building of the region’s capabilities in the several areas...

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By Dwayne Clarke / 3rd April 2017

Effective Irrigation – Achieving Sustainability and Performance – Part 2

The Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards (ABBS) presents this week's article by Roger Aertgeerts, World region, Health Organization, and Pierre Studer, Chair Task Force, on Indicators and Reporting under the Protocol on Water and Health. The article entitled, "ISO Standards and Protocol on Water and Health" focuses the thought on water and more specifically the role that standardization plays in ensuring that it safe for human use and consumption. Mr. Aertgeerts and Mr. Studer say thus: Don't forget to filter The importance of filtering is universally accepted and constantly emphasized by designers, equipment manufacturers and farmers. A changeover to closed systems has led to a new requirement for fine filtering. This trend is amplified by the use of treated wastewater and a steady reduction in the size of water passages in distribution accessories (e.g. emitters and sprayers) for irrigation with a limited volume. Agricultural filters differ from those designed...

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By Dwayne Clarke / 3rd April 2017

National Quality Awards Programme Logo Competition

  The Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards (ABBS) announces the launch of the “National Quality Awards Logo Competition” today (Thursday 12th January), and which will run until Wednesday 8th February 2017.  This competition seeks to establish the marquee symbol that will be identified with the soon to be launched, Antigua and Barbuda National Quality Awards Programme.  The logo will be used in the recognition of products, services, processes and practices that have met the criteria for the awards. The National Quality Awards (NQA) Programme, is intended to inspire businesses and organizations on our twin island state to implement and actively comply with the principles of the internationally recognized ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) standard, published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The National Quality Award programme itself will demonstrate how vital the effective and efficient use of Quality Management Principles is to achieving customer satisfaction.  It is...

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