JIS News

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) continues to facilitate the development of national standards, by engaging representatives from various industries in identifying and developing standards relevant to the areas they represent.
Currently, there are a total of 66 standards in various stages of the promulgation of the process. Of these, there are 31 standards being revised, 18 being adapted and 18 being developed by 30 technical committees and technical sub-committees.
According to a Ministerial Report tabled recently in the House of Representatives, draft standards for Transport Gas Containers and Bituminous Materials will be submitted to the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce for approval.
In addition, the BSJ is one of four sub-executing agencies responsible for executing the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality/Inter American Development Bank project for promoting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Caribbean through technical standards.
The project, which commenced in 2005 and is expected to end in 2011, aims at improving the competitiveness of SMEs in the CARICOM region, via the establishment and implementation of regional technical standards, in order to increase trade in goods and services and promote regional and global integration.
Meanwhile for the 2010/11 financial year, the BSJ says it is aiming to acquire equipment for laboratories to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of services; upgrade the Packing Laboratory, by expanding the scope of services offered; implement an energy saving project to include an investment grade energy audit; and to continue the revision of the Standards Act 1969, the Weights and Measures Act 1976 and the Processed Food Act 1959.
The BSJ is a statutory body established by the Standards Act of 1968 to promote and encourage standardization in relation to commodities, processes and practices. However, over the years, its role has been expanded to include the provision of services in relation to conformity assessment (certification, inspection and testing, and calibration) and metrology.
Its main activities include: facilitating the development of standards and other requirements to which particular commodities, services, practices and processes must comply; monitoring for compliance; conducting tests and calibrating instruments; certifying products and management systems; providing industrial training and promoting research and education in standardization.