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The Bureau of Standards History

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica is a statutory body established by The Standards Act of 1969 to
promote and encourage standardization in relation to commodities, processes and practices.
However, over the years, its role has expanded to include the provision of services in relation to
conformity assessment (certification, inspection and testing, and calibration) and metrology. Its
main activities include: facilitating the development of standards and other requirements to
which particular commodities, services, practices and processes must comply; monitoring for
compliance; conducting tests and calibrating instruments; certifying products and management
systems; providing industrial training and promoting research and education in standardization.
The Bureau’s portfolio includes ensuring compliance with The Standards Act (1968), The
Processed Food Act (1959) and the Weights and Measures Act (1976). Other aspects of our
mandate are implemented under The Trade Act (1955), The Customs Act (1941), The Petroleum
(Quality Control) Regulations (1990) and The CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards
and Quality Act (2005).
The Bureau operates as an agency under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce
(MIIC) and is governed by a fourteen-member Standards Council. The Council is comprised of a
Chairman, the Director of Standards (Executive Director) and twelve (12) stakeholder group
representatives, appointed by the Minister Operationally, the Executive Director, along with a
team of directors, manage the activities of the organization. Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ)
Retrieved on November 23, 2015 from http://jis.gov.jm/agencies/bureau-of-standards-jamaicabsj

processes. systems and practices.Roles and Function of the Bureau of Standards The Mission of the BSJ is to promote the international competitiveness of Jamaican products. Certifies products. Tests and analyzes raw materials. consultation. teamwork and a committed. The BSJ has both regulatory and developmental roles and functions Regulatory Roles and Functions:  Guides the promulgation of national standards which facilitate trade and provide the  basis for identifying goods which are a threat to health and safety Satisfies international requirements of transparency and global collaboration by maintaining currency as the national WTO/TBT enquiry point in the context of the  World Trade Organization/Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO/TBT) Agreement Influences development of international food standards through its work as the national contact point for the Codex Alimentarius Commission. in    the marketplace. motivated and professional workforce. and protect consumers by providing Standardization and Metrology services through visionary leadership. and at points of production. Developmental Roles and Functions: . components and finished goods. facilitate trade. Calibrates and verifies the accuracy of metrology equipment. the FAO/WHO  body responsible for the establishment of international food standards Ensures compliance of goods and services through monitoring at ports of entry.

trade act and CARICOM regional organizations for standards and quality. the weights and measures act. 19) Retrieved on November 23. They are the standards act. Fines and Offences of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica Fines . petroleum control act. the processed foods act.     Provides national and international standards information Promotes application and development of national and regional standards Offers industrial training through seminars and in-plant courses Conducts research and development Provides technical advice/consultancy. 2015 from http://www.gov. customs act.jm/Portfolio/standards. Ministry of Industry Investment &Commerce (2009 June.miic.php Acts Governing the Bureau of Standards Jamaica There are several acts governing the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).

whether in writing or not.  Makes any statement or representation. Offenses Anyone who:  Makes any statement or representation. process or practice which conveys or is likely to convey the impression that a person who is not licensed to use a standard mark with reference to that commodity. whether in writing or not. whether in writing or not. process or practice is so licensed or is otherwise entitled to use a standard mark. and. or uses any mark which conveys or is likely to convey the impression that a commodity. to a further fine of one hundred thousand dollars for every day on which the offence is continued. and for the purposes of gain or profit (whether by means of a sale or otherwise). or uses any mark with reference to any commodity. or to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term of twelve months. process or practice with the standard provided for by any standard specification unless he proves that he acted without intent to defraud. in the case of a continuing offence. . whereby comparison is made in respect of any commodity. makes any statement or representation. process or practice complies with a standard specification when it does not do so  Without the authority of the Bureau or the Minister.Anyone guilty of an offence will be liable on conviction to a fine of five hundred thousand dollars.

uses the standard mark after the revocation of his licence so to do. 2015 from http://bsj.org. or otherwise than in accordance with the terms and conditions of his licence.pdf Rights of Consumers . Having been licensed to use a standard mark. 1969) ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS Act 57 of 1968. Retrieved on November 23.jm/Portals/0/Regulations/standards_act. THE STANDARDS ACT (15th July.