The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards modus operandi is guided by its overall legislative mandates, the policy of Government and the administrative direction of National Standards Council.

The SVGBS was legally established by the Standards Act No. 70 of 1992 , (amended by Act No. 28 of 2001 ) which gives the Bureau the authority to inter alia: “….to prepare and promote standards relating to goods, services, processes and practices produced and/or used in SVG, to ensure industrial efficiency and to assist in industrial development as well as to promote public and industrial welfare, health, safety and to safeguard against negative effects to the environment”.

Additionally, the SVGBS is responsible for the administration of the Weights and Measures Act No. 16 of 2003 . This legislation gives the SVGBS the responsibility for regulating all weighing and measuring devices used for trade in St. Vincent and the Grenadines .

The SVGBS also operates in accordance with the:

  • The World Trade Organisation Technical Barrier to Trade Agreement (WTO/TBT)
  • The CARICOM Regional Organistion for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) Act, No. 33 of 2004

Generally, the SVGBS has statutory responsibilities for the quality of g oods, services, processes and practices produced and/or used in SVG and it is the only National body charged with the declaration of National Standards.


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