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CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)
Year Established: 2002
CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) works in the following areas:CARICOM Institutions
CROSQ is a regional inter-governmental organisation established in February 2002 to facilitate the development of regional standards, promote the harmonization of metrology systems and support the sustainable production and trade of goods and services in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
Headquartered in Barbados, CROSQ is the regional centre for promoting efficiency and competitive production in goods and services, through the process of standardization and the verification of quality. In this regard, CROSQ aims to support international competitiveness for the enhancement of social and economic development of the region.
All fifteen (15) Member States of CARICOM are members of CROSQ – Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Its vision is to the leader for the development and promotion of the Regional Quality Infrastructure, with a mission to facilitate trade and competitiveness of CARICOM products and services for sustainable development through implementation of RQI.
Provide guidance to Community Organs and Bodies regarding matters within its competence, including disputes settlement;
Promote and protect the interests of States Parties and Associate Members in regional and international standardising fora, including external negotiations; and
Promote awareness of standards and standards-related matters in governments, commerce, industry and consumers.
CROSQ creates the environment for businesses in the CARICOM Member States to improve their trade competitiveness through harmonized QI. In the early years, CROSQ’s emphasis was on the development and harmonization of regional standards. However, in light of international trade agreements, CROSQ is focusing on international recognition of the other elements of a Regional QI (RQI).