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CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality Act No. 12 of 2012.

Antigua and Barbuda
Document type
Long title
An Act to give effect to the Agreement Establishing the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and for incidental and connected purposes.
Agricultural & rural development
Certification Consumer protection Enforcement/compliance Inspection International agreement-text International organization International trade Offences/penalties Protection of environment Standards
Geographical area
Americas, Caribbean, Latin America and the Caribbean, LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN FAO, North Atlantic, Small Island Developing States

This Act lays down rules for the implementation of the Agreement and the establishment, composition, status, functions and funding of the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality, in order to develop and harmonize standards for the enhanced efficiency and improved quality in the production of goods and services in the Community, and thereby to facilitate consumer and environmental protection and improved trade within the Community and with third states. The CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality shall consist of the Council, the Special Committees, and the Secretariat. The Council shall report annually to the Council for Trade and Economic Development which shall determine the policy of CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality, particularly the establishment or adoption of regional standards and technical regulations. The Agreement may be amended by a decision of Council for Trade and Economic Development on the recommendation of the Council. The functions of the Special Committees shall include the development, adoption, adaptation or harmonization of standards and standards-related matters as the case may require, in all sectors that affect regional trade of goods and services among Member States; and the establishment or harmonization of procedures within the Community concerning the assessment, certifying, auditing, accreditation of quality systems, testing laboratories, consultancies, trainers and personnel in specialized fields. Moreover, the Special Committees may recommend standards and technical regulations to the Council for adoption. Subject to the directions of the Council, the Secretariat shall promote the development, harmonization, application and maintenance of standards and standards-related matters; facilitate and mandate standards and metrology infrastructure development at national and regional levels; and participate in the activities of regional, hemispheric and international standardizing bodies. The Minister may make regulations providing for any matter that is necessary or desirable for the purpose of implementing the Agreement or any arrangement that is concluded between Antigua and Barbuda and any other signatory to the Agreement; and prescribing offences for non-compliance with regulations made under this section and the fines that may be imposed, on summary conviction, in respect of such non-compliance.

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