Bureau of Standards


 
Departments

 

Chemistry: analyzing contaminants in food and water such as lead, chloride, sulphates and nitrates. In addition, analyzing soil nutrients and constituents such as

Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium

Entomology: providing pest identification, pest management, and extension service to farmers, back yard gardeners, and other stakeholders

Metrology: providing accurate measurements through calibration and verification of scales and balances used in trade such as in supermarkets and gas stations 

Microbiology: providing a full complement ofmicrobiological services to monitor restaurants and food processing outlets according to the Standard Compliance Programme. Such tests analyze raw and finished products for: total bacteria count, coli form, fecal coli form, E. coli, staph. Aureus, listeria, yeast, and molds

Soil: analyzing soils to give farmers scientific information important in the interpretation of soil deficiency problems

Standards: ensuring quality, safety, reliability, efficiency and other vital characteristics. Standards have become a way of life for consumers globally. Major areas of concern for consumers of St. Kitts and Nevis are as follows:

 

  • Food labeling
  • Bottled spring water
  • Special dietary foods
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Tourism

 

Objectives

  • Ensuring that imports, exports, and locally consumed goods meet national standards and quality
  • implementation of the Caribbean Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and Systima Inter American Metrology Mandate (SIM) 
  • Developing a metrology infrastructure 
  • Providing services to the economy and the metrology industry 
  • Serving as the national enquiry point for the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (TBT) of the World Trade Organization (WTO)