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  • The Government has moved to establish a new regulatory authority, which will perform the testing and other such functions now done by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).
  • The new entity will be called the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority. It is being set up to meet World Trade Organization (WTO) requirements.
  • The new body will be responsible “for registering processed food establishments, inspecting goods at ports of entry, and in the local market, to ensure compliance, as well as perform regulatory functions.”

The Government has moved to establish a new regulatory authority, which will perform the testing and other such functions now done by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).

According to Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, the new entity will be called the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority. It is being set up to meet World Trade Organization (WTO) requirements.

Speaking at a Jamaica House media briefing on Wednesday, July 22, the Minister said the Regulatory Division of the BSJ will be immediately separated, and the new body will be responsible “for registering processed food establishments, inspecting goods at ports of entry, and in the local market, to ensure compliance, as well as perform regulatory functions.”

Senator Falconer said it was considered that the current responsibilities of the BSJ hinder the effective implementation of the WTO’s Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement, and conflict of interest was identified.

“There was an inherent conflict of interest in the Bureau’s organizational structure. The conflict stems from the fact that the Bureau performs conformity assessments, sets standards, and then seeks to regulate the standards it has set,” she pointed out.

Both the BSJ and Jamaica Customs are undergoing major restructuring, under the World Bank/Government of Jamaica Programme, pursuant to the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project.

According to the Minister, the establishment of the new entity “will strengthen Jamaica’s compliance with international and regional trade agreements, under the Public Sector and Institutional Strengthening initiative, to remove barriers that impede trade facilitation.”