Describes standards, identifies the national standards, accreditation bodies, and lists the national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
Standardization in Guyana is flexible, and market driven attributed to standards being voluntary and are implemented based on the discretion of businesses. However, some mandatory standards exist which are used by regulators to ensure health, safety, and preservation of the environment. The GNBS monitors 17 categories of products based on compulsory standards. The GNBS prepares an annual work program which can be found at: https://gnbsgy.org/standardisation/standards-work-programme/. Public comments are invited for the development of standards.
The national standards body in Guyana is the GNBS. Guyana accepts U.S. standards, but the standards are subject to review by the GNBS.
Many national standards are adoptions of U.S. standards such as ASTM, API, and other ANSI approved standards. The GNBS has adopted several international standards primarily from ISO, IEC, and Codex. Other adoptions include those from CARICOM and British Standards Institution (BSI).
Testing, Inspection and Certification
Products can be tested at the GA-FDD. Many products once satisfying local standards, or which passes the FDA test are accepted.
Publication of Technical Regulations
All standards undergo a public comment period of 60 days. This is advertised in the local newspapers and GNBS social media platforms. Known stakeholders are invited for comment during this period. Upon approval by the national standards council, standards are recommended to the subject minister followed by Cabinet approval. Upon cabinet approval, a notice is published in the Official Gazette, stakeholders are notified and usually a 6-month period is allowed for implementation.
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