Posted: Friday, July 15, 2022. 12:04 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) is preparing to sign an official agreement with the Association of Normalization and Certification (ANCE), to receive capacity building and training which will better prepare the BBS for a regional project.
The agreement is scheduled to be signed on July 21 at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza.
The BBS explained this week that Belize, as a CARICOM member state, was chosen to participate in a pilot voluntary Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme (EELS) for Refrigerators, Air Conditioners, and Lighting.
The BBS also noted that the ANCE is a trusted organization in countries such as the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Columbia, Peru, and Ecuador, which prompted the bureau to approach ANCE last year about receiving assistance.
“The main objective of the cooperation agreement is capacity building for staff to carry out conformity assessment for energy efficient appliances in addition to other key support areas and is a critical component of the project requirement to ensure the effective implementation of the program,” the BBS said.
The BBS added that ANCE ANCE has been a leader in standardization and conformity assessment activities for the past 20 years, adding value to quality through safety, health, performance, and the best use of natural resources, with standardization solutions, laboratory inspection, and testing, calibration, aptitude tests, and certification, as the basis for technological development and innovation in the region, making its support crucial for the country’s performance in the EELS.
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