Roles and Responsibilities

(a) To foster, promote and encourage standardization in relation to commodities, processes and practices in industry and commerce, as a means of advancing the national economy and facilitating domestic, regional and sub-regional, and international trade;



(b) To develop, adapt and adopt standards covering technical criteria in relation to domestically produced, imported and exported goods, produce and commodities;



(c) To provide or make arrangements for facilities for the testing and calibration of measurement instruments, gauges, devices and apparatus, to determine their degree of accuracy, and issue certificates in regard thereof;



(d) To provide, or make arrangements for the examination and testing, or compliance to national, regional or international requirements relating to safety, health or fraud, of goods, materials, produce or commodities, and to issue reports or certificates in regards to;



(e) To participate in the development of Caricom regional standards with the purpose of ensuring that they reflect Belizean objectives, and to actively promote the use of such standards at a national level;



(f) To establish and maintain a library (source) of standards and information pertaining to standards-related matters for use by interested parties;



(g) To offer technological advice and services to both government and private sector with regards to the use of standards and standard-related topics, with emphasis on quality management sciences;



(h) To assist government authorities or any public body or any other person with research in support of the development or improvement of products or processes, when such research is seen to be in the national interest;



(i) To provide on request to Government, advice or assistance concerning the use of reference to standards in legislation, and to provide technical expertise as may be required in support of the enforcement of legislation;



(j) To act as the national information point for regional and international trade-sensitive standards matters and to establish working relationships with such external agencies as may be appropriate; and



(k) To make recommendations to the government in respect of standards which in the opinion of the Standards Advisory Council, should be made compulsory.