BSJ restructures operations
The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has restructured its operations from an inspection and enforcement agency to a trade facilitator and business enabler.
Executive Director of the BSJ Stephen Wedderburn said the restructuring will see the National Compliance and Regulatory Agency (NCRA) taking on the regulatory arm of the Bureau, and the agency will drive standards development.
“With the changes, the BSJ will be able to facilitate business growth and efficiency through the application of standards and quality practices. This is in line with international best practices,” he said.
Wedderburn said the repositioned Bureau will also assist businesses through the development, promotion and use of standards.
He further noted that training, testing, label assessment and calibration services, as well as certification through the NCRA will be added functions to support the new directive of the agency.
The Executive Director noted that the refocused roles of the BSJ should see significant benefits to the local business community, adding that the use of standards is an important tool for increasing innovation, quality, consistency and business competitiveness.
He further encouraged businesses to take advantage of the Bureau’s new thrust to guide companies in becoming standard-bearers in the industry.
Wedderburn explained that separation of the functions was necessary for the country’s compliance with international considerations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement.