Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 05, 2021 (SKNBS): At a sitting of National Assembly, which will
be held on August 05, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., the Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce,
Consumer Affairs and Labour, the Honourable Wendy Phipps, will seek leave to introduce and
have read a first time the Bureau of Standards Bill, 2021 also known as the National Standards
This Act is significant because it is the foundation for having a National Quality Infrastructure
(NQI). An NQI is a national framework that guides the production of local goods and services
based on agreed standards that follow international benchmarks.
As it addresses the NQI, it speaks on matters such as standardization, accreditation, metrology,
and conformity assessment (testing, inspection, and certification).
The Act allows for inspection of goods and commodities at the border. It also permits the
inspection of establishments that sell goods and commodities in the country. Such inspection may
include checking for labels as well as testing of commodities to ensure they conform to certain
The draft Act can be viewed by following the link https://bit.ly/3CfAn5x