Bureau of Standards
About the Bureau
The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards (SVGBS) modus operandi is guided by its overall
legislative mandates, the policy of government and the administrative direction of the National Standards Council. The organisation also operates in accordance with several other national, regional and international legislations and agreements.
The Standards Act No. 70 of 1992 (amended by Act No. 28 of 2001) gives the SVGBS authority, inter alia, “…. to prepare and promote standards relating to goods, services, processes and practices produced and/or used in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, to ensure industrial efficiency and to assist in industrial development as well as to promote public and industrial welfare, health, safety and to safeguard against negative effects to the environment”.
Additionally, the SVGBS is responsible for the administration of the Weights and Measures Act No. 16 of 2003. This legislation gives the SVGBS responsibility for regulating all weighing and measuring devices used for trade in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The SVGBS also operates in accordance with the:
1. The World Trade Organization Technical Barrier to Trade Agreement (WTO/TBT)
2. The CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)
The conception of a Bureau in Standards in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) can be traced back as far as the late 1960's, when organized attempts at standardization in the Caribbean began with the formation of the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA). At that time, the perceived increased in exchange of goods and services between the participating countries led to a call by CARIFTA Council of Ministers for the formation of "Bureaux of Standards" in all countries. In 1976, work on the establishment of standards bodies intensified with the formation of the Caribbean Community and subsequently the CARICOM Council of Ministers established the Caribbean Common Market Standards Council (CCMSC)* to act as an advisory body to the Council on standards and standards related matters. This agency initiated the organization and designs of standard units in the smaller island members of CARICOM. * The CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) has replaced the CCMSC.