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Haiti Standards: General

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Haiti Standards: General

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:49 am

Haiti has no special legislation on standards, testing , approval and certification . International standards are used as a reference but have not been officially adopted. The main international standards used are those of the ISO, the WHO and the FAO Codex Alimentarius for food products. With the accession to the CARICOM, Haiti has adopted the standards laid down by the Caribbean Organization of Standards and Quality (COSQ), which is the CARICOM body responsible for defining standards for goods and services at the regional level.

A framework law on quality, intended to harmonize and update the current laws on quality control is being drafted. The technical services and government bodies involved in quality control will be reorganized, strengthened and/or made operational. In particular, a metrology service will be set up. The State will build inspection capacity by establishing national testing and calibration laboratories and integrating them in the regional and /or international networks, and approving private or university laboratories at the local level. Inspection posts will also be set up at strategic points.

The national quality system will be guided and coordinated by the following bodies:

o The National Quality Council (CNQ), composed of representatives of the public and private sectors and civil society; it will define the national quality policy and be responsible for coordination and follow-up. The Council will be assisted by a small executive structure supported by technical committees, including a technical committee on accreditation.

o The Standards Centre (CNS), a joint autonomous body that will be administered by a management committee. It will be under the supervision of the CNQ and it will deal with standardization aspects, training and information on quality , and its role will be to provide advice and promote quality among Haitian entrepreneurs.

o The National Commission for Official Quality Control (CNCOQ), an interministerial quality control commission responsible for coordinating all the State's quality-related activities. It will be composed of representatives of the authorities which, pursuant to the legislation in effect, will be responsible for controls or may have a role to play in the area of quality.
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