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Honduras Standards

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Honduras Standards

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:54 am

The main laws in Honduras relating to standards issues are the Consumer Protection Law (Decree No. 41-89 of April 7, 1989) and its regulations (Decision No. 264-89) and the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. Honduras applies the Central American Regulations on Standardization Measures, Metrology, and Authorization Procedures.

The Consumer Protection Law establishes that the Ministry of Industry and Trade is responsible for setting and enforcing standards, regulations, and efficiency requirements that must be met by goods and services made available in Honduras.

Within the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Directorate-General of Production and Consumption is the contact point for technical regulations, standards, and conformity assesment procedures for most products. For food, beverages, and pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic or biological products, the contact points are the Department of Foodstuffs Control and the Pharmaceuticals Department within the Ministry of Health.

Honduras has several private and public inspection and testing bodies. As a general rule, Honduras accepts the results of other countries testing and inspection procedures.

Honduras has been a member of the International Standards Organization (ISO), through the Science and Technology National Council (COHCIT), since January 2000. COHCIT has established an information center to service local firms interested in obtaining all details related to norms and standards for ISO certification.
In addition, the Standards and Metrology Division of the Ministry of Industry and Trade has recently established a Quality Management Technical Committee, which is responsible for reviewing ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 technical norms before submitting a formal certification request to the National Council. ISO certification for local companies is currently conducted through legally credited international institutions.
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