Govt gets $1.55 million to set up international accreditation agency
The Government has received approval for the Technical Cooperation Grant to the tune of US$230,000 to establish the Trinidad and Tobago Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (TTASCA). This is equivalent to TT$1,552,000.
The TTASCA will ensure the internationally recognized accreditation of all conformity assessment bodies in the country which include medical laboratories, testing laboratories, calibration laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies, as well as proficiency testing providers, reference material producers and verification bodies.
Accreditation is an independent endorsement by a third-party entity of the competence of a conformity assessment body to reliably perform specific quality tasks against internationally recognized standards. Conformity assessment processes are necessary as evidence of compliance with a country’s or industry’s regulations and requirements.
The establishment of TTASCA will aid in reducing the technical barriers to trade that may be faced by local exporters through demands for repeat testing, certification and/or inspection and other such impediments – real or artificial - when their goods reach foreign markets.
The international recognition of the national accreditation body, TTASCA, will present a number of benefits given its alignment with the vision to improve productivity through quality infrastructure, build globally competitive businesses and aid in private sector development.
The project will be executed by the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility, in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Industry over the course of the next 24 months.