Rose Marie Harris
Friday, October 14, 2005 – As activities marking Standards Week came to a
close in Saint Lucia on Friday October 14th, 2005 government has pledged
continued emphasis on the sustained development of that entity. This is to
ensure that the products and services provided in Saint Lucia are recognised for
quality and safety.
In an address marking the close of the week of activities Minister for Commerce
Tourism, Investment and Consumer Affairs Honourable Phillip J. Pierre noted that
through direct government support the Saint Lucian Bureau of Standards has been
restructured and is now better able to respond to the new regional and
international quality and safety challenges.
“Over the past five years, as a direct consequence of safety concerns expressed
locally and in some instances precipitated by regional and international
occurrences, the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards has engaged in the development,
adoption and implementation of a number of standards and codes of practice for
various products, services and sectors, all with an overriding safety and
The Minister said the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards continues to pay close
attention to safety standards for various sectors of the economy such as
construction and engineering, transportation, food, petroleum and Petroleum
products and the electrical sector. Recently efforts have focussed on the
service sectors such as health and tourism.
“The Bureau’s conformity Assessment Programmes such as the Import Monitoring
Programme, monitoring of the local retail market and local manufacturing plants,
the Product Certification Programme, the Certificate of Free Sale and the
Weights and Measures Verification Programme have been designed to provide
consumers with the assurance that products offered for trade meet minimum safety
and quality standards,” minister Pierre said.
The theme of the week of activities was “Standards for a Safer World”