CARICOM REGIONAL ORGANISATION FOR STANDARDS AND QUALITY ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Provisions of Agreement given force of law in Jamaica

   4   Amendment of Schedule

   5   Regulations

   6   Acts binds the Crown

      SCHEDULE

 

THE CARICOM REGIONAL ORGANISATION FOR STANDARDS AND QUALITY ACT

[Date of Commencement: 1st February, 2005]

Act 6 of 2004.

1   Short title

   This Act maybe cited as the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "Agreement" means the Agreement establishing the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality signed on behalf of Jamaica on the 4th day of February, 2002 (the text of which is set out in the Schedule) and includes the Annexes to the Agreement, the Protocol to the Agreement, and the Annexes to the Protocol, and any amendments to, or substitutions of those documents that are or will become binding on Jamaica from time to time.

3   Provisions of Agreement given force of law in Jamaica

   The provisions of the Agreement shall have the force of law in Jamaica.

4   Amendment of Schedule

   Where any amendment to the Agreement is accepted by the Government, the Minister shall, by order, subject to affirmative resolution, amend the Schedule by including therein the amendment so accepted.

5   Regulations

   (1) The Minister may make regulations-

   (a)   providing for any matter that is necessary or desirable for the purposes of implementing the Agreement or any arrangement that is concluded between Jamaica and any other signatory to the Agreement; and

   (b)   prescribing offences in respect of or non-compliance with any provisions of any regulations made under this section, and prescribing fines that may, on summary conviction, be imposed in respect of any such offence.

   (2) Regulations made under subsection (1) shall be subject to affirmative resolution.

6   Acts binds the Crown

   This Act binds the Crown.

SCHEDULE
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING THE CARICOM REGIONAL ORGANISATION FOR STANDARDS AND QUALITY

(Section 2)

   The States Parties:

   Recognising that liberalisation and globalisation in the world economy have intensified international competitiveness in the production of goods and services;

   Conscious that the Caribbean Community is extremely vulnerable to penetration by products of sub-standard quality and specifications which could have serious, negative implications for consumer welfare and the integrity of the regional environment;

   Aware that the establishment of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy constitutes the measured institutional response to current developments present in the international economy as a means of safeguarding and promoting fundamental values of the peoples of the Caribbean Community;

   Acknowledging that the development and application of harmonised regional standards, technical regulations, conformity assessment procedures and metrology are essential for the efficient operation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy and, in particular, the international competitiveness of goods and services produced or provided in the Caribbean Community;

   Conscious further that the formulation and application of internationally accepted standards, technical regulations, conformity assessment procedures and metrology on a regional basis would be cost-effective and enhance the international competitiveness of goods and services produced or provided in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy;

   Convinced that the development of regional standards, technical regulations, conformity assessment procedures and metrology would facilitate the operations and improve the delivery of national standards bodies of Member States of the Caribbean Community;

   Noting that the formal establishment of an inter-governmental regional standardising organisation would entitle it to recognition by competent standardising international organisations resulting in important benefits to the Member States of the Caribbean Community in terms of technical assistance.

   Have Agreed as follows:

ARTICLE 1
Use of Terms

   In this Agreement, unless the context otherwise requires:

   "community" means the Caribbean Community including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) established by the Treaty;

   "conformity" assessment procedures includes any procedure used, directly or indirectly to determine that relevant requirements in technical regulations or standards are fulfilled;

   "COTED" means the Council for Trade and Economic Development, an Organ of the Community so named in paragraph 2(b) of Article 10 of the Treaty;

   "metrology" means the science of measurement for the determination of conformance to technical requirements including the development of standards and systems for absolute and relative measurement;

   "Secretariat" means the Secretariat of CROSQ;

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