The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) is mandated to facilitate the development of standards. Standards are rules and/or guidelines, that are presented (developed) for use within various fields of practice as required; following studies and consensus, standards are presented for use as approved, by agencies recognised internationally, such as a National Standards Body.
Some standards, as they apply to products, processes or production methods may include or deal exclusively with terminologies, symbols, packaging, marking requirements or labelling requirements.
To develop any standard by consensus is crucial. Consensus is the general agreement, achieved by all of the parties concerned as to a specific standard being developed.
Standards are important for the development of any economy, since they provide the benchmark for quality, consistency and reliability. Standards provide confidence and there is an agreement for example on either: specification, size, appearance, quality, safety, performance, security or any other criteria, for the product, process or service under consideration.
In Guyana, we often observe inconsistencies in the quality of some products being sold or certain services being delivered. If you encounter any of these, it is a clear indication that a standard has not been: developed, implemented or enforced.
In this week’s article, the GNBS would be outlining the process to have standards developed, therefore, as consumers and citizens of Guyana; anyone can submit a request to the GNBS for a standard to be developed, to address the quality, safety or performance of any product, process or service under consideration.
The standards development process comprises of the following steps:
Further, if no standard is available, further research on the subject is conducted and a draft standard is prepared by the assigned technical committee.
To make a Guyana Standard mandatory, a request can be made by any stakeholder and a justification must accompany such a request. The National Standards Council reviews the request and once the Council is satisfied, the request is forwarded to the Minister of Business with recommendations for it to be made mandatory. All mandatory standards are Gazetted.
In order to ensure consistency and reliability in the production and delivery of quality products and services, standards must be developed and implemented. Let us all be observant and develop the culture of using standards, to improve our local products and services.