International Accreditation body to be established in T&T
09 January, 2020: The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has received approval for the Technical Cooperation Grant for the establishment of theTrinidad and Tobago Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (TTASCA) in the amount of USD230,000.00. TTASCA would be established for the internationally recognized accreditation of all conformity assessment bodies in Trinidad and Tobago 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 our 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 to Trinidad and Tobago 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.