Good leadership is essential to the creation of a a good organisational culture and influencing change. Members of the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality management are shown below.
The Ministry of Financial Services is headed by The Hon. C. V. Hope Strachan, who was appointed in January, 2015 after having served as Minister of State for Transport and Aviation since May, 2012.
Minister Strachan’s mandate is to oversee all national and international financial services, in addition to all international trade matters. As such, the BBSQ serves as the agency under the Ministry that advises The Government of The Bahamas on the quality of goods and services that are imported and exported and whether these products meet universally accepted standards.
Minister Strachan obtained her LLB (Honours) degree from the University of London, United Kingdom. She was admitted to the Bar of England, Wales, and The Bahamas in 1989.
Along with the minister the BBSQ is governed by an nine member Standards Council appointed by the Minister with responsibility for Standards Matters. This council is delegated to a satisfactory level of oversight and policy direction of the BBSQ. The Chairperson of the council reports to the Minister.
Council Members Listing:
- Chairperson, Pauline Curry
- Vice Chairperson, Edison Sumner
- Rodney Stuart
- Craig Delancy
- Peter Bates
- E. J. Bowe
- Dr. Pearl McMillan
- Patricia Minnis
- Dr. Renae Ferguson-Bufford
At the BBSQ, Dr. Bufford is supported by a 14 member technical and administrative staff complement. During her tenure, three vital standards were enacted with regard to providing national standards for bottled water, food manufacturing and processing in The Bahamas. In addition to assisting with advising the government on critical pieces legislation and also the administration of policy on Quality and Standards in The Bahamas, her role is to represent the BBSQ at general assemblies, workshops and conferences locally, regionally and internationally, particularly through partnerships with The Bahamas Manufacturers Association; The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Federation; CARICOM’s Regional Organisation of Standards and Quality (CROSQ) Council Meetings; the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT); the Caribbean Network of Conformity Assessment Bodies (CANCAB); and the Inter-American Metrology System (SIM).
Prior to Dr. Bufford’s appointment as the Director of the BBSQ, she worked as a Research Scientist, holding professorships at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Buford has an extensive track record in academia in the applied sciences throughout The United States of America and in The Bahamas.
Dr. Ferguson-Bufford received a Doctor of Philosophy designation in Science and Education at Georgia State University in 2004, she also holds dual Master’s of Science Degrees in Science Education and Biological Research, 1995 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry, 1991 from Clark Atlanta University.
Administration DivisionThe Administration Division is responsible for providing and maintaining the administrative services of BBSQ. The Administration Division is divided into four (4) sections: Human Resource, Finance, Registry and Information Technology.
The Human Resource Unit will manage and implement its human resources management programmes through recruitment of the Bureau’s personnel, safety, employee’s relations, compensation and benefits, and training and development.
The Finance Unit will guide the overall financial operations of BBSQ; that is procurement of materials/ equipment, maintaining accurate accounting records to provide transparency of all financial transactions, preparation of budget for the Bureau’s needs, and ensuring security of BBSQ’s assets.
The Registry Unit will manage all records of BBSQ to ensure efficiency, economy, systematic control, security, and easy retrievability.
The Information Technology Unit will assist in planning, operating and supporting the infrastructure of the BBSQ, and enabling all users to carry out their roles efficiently, productively and securely.
Standards Development DivisionStandards Development Division is responsible for the preparation, promotion, and maintenance of standards in relation to goods, services, processes and practices locally or imported for the advancement of local and foreign trade.
The Division manages and coordinates the work of technical committees, encompassing representatives of related stakeholder groups and technical experts that contribute to the overall national standards development.
- Training Department of BBSQ (Projected for 2018) will provide quality education to organizations, ministries, and other interested parties, on the requirements of key management systems. The BBSQ will offer training courses, seminars and workshops designed around shared needs of various groups within the private and public sectors.
Marketing and Public Relations DivisionThe Marketing and Public Relations Division is responsible for maintaining BBSQ’s image and communicating its message to its customers, private and public stakeholders, and consumers.
Science and Technology Division
The Science & Technology Division will be responsible for analytical services.
Regulatory DivisionRegulatory Division is responsible for providing accuracy in regulation of all weights and measurement activities in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (Weights and Measures Act of 2006). It will be divided into two (2) sections: Legal Metrology and Conformity Assessment.
The Legal Metrology Unit will ensure accuracy of measuring instruments used in trade, health, safety and the environment, and also in maintaining a level of confidence for manufacturers and consumers in the quantities of goods offered for sale.
The Conformity Assessment Unit will perform inspections/market surveillance of locally manufactured and imported non-food products and product samples, and also for advising officers from Customs department, importers, traders and retailers on legal requirements of the local market.
Product Certification (Projected EOY 2017) will be a part of the Conformity Assessment Scheme. The Department is responsible for implementation of the national certification scheme that provides assurance that products, services and processes meet national standards/specifications that comply with regionally and internationally accepted standards. This national certification scheme’s aim is to improve the quality and competitiveness of the products and services manufactured in The Bahamas.
- Market Surveillance