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Oct 7, 2015

CROSQ AGM Held in Belize

Andrea Ishmael

The Bi-Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Regional Organization of Standards and Qualities, also known as CROS-Q, is being held in Belize. Fifteen standards departments from across the Caribbean are converging to set policies and practices for best standards and quality in the region. Locally, Belize’s Bureau of Standards monitors the quality and performance of almost everything; from gas and foods and ensures that Belizeans get the best in healthcare and other products. Both the Director of the Belize Bureau of Standards, Jose Trejo, and the Chair of the regional organization, Andrea Ishmael spoke of the importance of standards for not only Belize, but the region.


Andrea Ishmael, Chair, CROSQ

“Standards and quality is really the foundation of economic activity. We have a saying within our work standards where there are no standards, then there is chaos. The way we also think about standards is like I said…whenever anything is going well, you do not think about the standards. It is only when thing goes wrong that you think in terms of quality and standards. So when there are no standards. So where there are no standards then there is chaos. So the standards…and it goes beyond standards. We say standards and quality but we are basically talking about a quality of a structure and the five pillars would be standards, metrology, testing, certification, accreditation or we just say standards metrology conformity assessment and accreditation. But those are the five pillars really that make up the quality of a structure.”


Jose Trejo, Director, Belize Bureau of Standards

Jose Trejo

“I think that we have the overall responsibility to ensure that we protect and safeguard the wellbeing of the state. All of this sounds complicated and it might be difficult for the common man to understand but essentially these pillars work in the background to the benefit of every man, woman, child or elderly in the country. That they understand that there is a system in place that we are working on that will eventually will ensure that their wellbeing is maintained and we are protecting their interests in whatever we do.”

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