QI SeRVICES

Quality infrastructure (QI) describes a system of institutions that guarantee the definition and control of quality criteria to ensure quality products, services and processes. These institutions can be seen as the underlying foundation of international trade.

The Barbados National Standards Institution facilitates a national quality infrastructure to promote the economy and protect consumers. This is done through the services of accreditation, standardisation and metrology as well as certification, testing and inspection.

TECHNICAL/LABORATORY SERVICES

INFORMATION SERVICES

BUSINESS SUPPORT

LABORATORY SERVICES

The BNSI’s new and improved laboratory offers testing, calibrations and metrology services to the business community, in particular, the construction and infrastructure sectors. 

Some services include:

  • soil and aggregate testing
  • compression testing of concrete blocks, cores, cubes and cylinders
  • calibration of masses and temperature devices

The BNSI encourages patrons to use the services of its laboratory as it continues to develop efficiencies in providing National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) services while strengthening other NQI institutions.

 

INFORMATION SERVICES

BNSI INFORMATION CENTRE

The BNSI Information Centre aims to satisfy and deliver information to its users in a timely manner. We welcome local, regional and international individuals to reference and purchase our publications and standards.

The centre has access to over 20,000 standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the standards from the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).

View our Catalogue 2024 for BNSI standards publications available from the centre. 

The BNSI Information Centre is open to the public from 08:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. 

How do I buy a standard?

Currently, our standards are available in hard copy only. They can be obtained from our administrative office. Please schedule a pickup and payment so we can better serve you.

We also facilitate purchases out of the island and we will be pleased to guide you through the procedure to ensure you get the standards you need.

Dissemination of information

The centre uses its social media platforms where possible to communicate information to the public. We encourage persons to visit our website and Facebook page to be informed of pertinent information.

BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES

STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT

The BNSI as a Standard Development Organisation (SDO) focuses on developing, publishing and disseminating technical standards using a consensus-based standards development process. We encourage our members and stakeholders such as manufacturers, sellers, buyers, customers; trades associations, users or regulators.to join with us and use their expertise within committees to help us formulate standards.

With your help, the development of standards will improved the quality, safety and compatibility of products and services of many businesses of all sizes and will build customer confidence.

LABEL ASSESSMENT 

Labels identify and brand products, making them more easily recognisable. They allow customers to make swift and conscious purchasing decisions based on printed information which may include warnings, instructions for use, environmental advice or advertising.

The BNSI encourages business owners to let our team of experts advise you on how to get a correct and effective label for your product.

PRODUCT CERTIFICATION

BNSI product certification should be top of mind for marketers who want to guarantee that their products become and remain the products of choice for consumer, especially in a competitive marketplace filled with consumer uncertainty over the quality and safety of products.

Will your product have a strong name recognition in ten-years’ time? Talk to us about a Certification Mark for your product. We can help.

 

CONSULTANCY & TRAINING

As Barbados’ National Standards Body, the BNSI is uniquely poised to provide information and guidance regarding current international best practices within many sectors. Standards help businesses to reduce costs, increase productivity and access new markets. Organisations that operate in compliance with the requirements of the relevant standards are able to provide products and services of consistent, good quality. This boosts consumer confidence in the organisation’s products and services and ensures their continued satisfaction and patronage. Consumers appreciate products that are safe, fit for purpose and reliable.

Persons and organisations interested in receiving guidance or training are encouraged to contact the BNSI.

SAFE BUSINESS

We welcome all micro, small and medium enterprises and even multinationals on how to manage the risks arising from COVID-19 to protect health and safety in the workplace.

The ‘BNSI Safe Business Verification Stamp’ allows your company to visibly indicate that your organisation has implemented safe protocols to protect employees and customers from COVID-19. These protocols are based on international standards and international best practices.

The stamp also provides a useful method of rebuilding business activity and increasing revenues.

We invite you to join the BNSI Safe Business Verification Programme by becoming a member. We look forward to your participation as seek to build a safe working environment for all businesses.