Invest Dominica Authority wrapped up an interesting year with a visit to the National Centre of Testing Excellence (NCTE), a division of the Dominica Bureau of Standards (DBOS) located at Stockfarm. Traditionally, the Bureau was better known for the Standards Compliance Unit which provides metrology services, monitors all product labels imported into the country, ensures quality in goods produced locally and makes adequate information available to the final consumer. Recently the DBOS launched the testing unit which features two main laboratories: the Microbiology Laboratory and the Chemistry Laboratory. These two new laboratories provide conformance testing and specialized consumer-based testing for chemicals, water, foods, material products and environmental pollution monitoring.
Several investment sectors like manufacturing, agro-processing, water bottling, agriculture, aquaculture and organic farming will be supported by the labs. Water, food and soil analysis as well as chemical and biological testing are among the services being offered. The Bureau strongly advises that entrepreneurs and investors already involved or interested in the mentioned sectors should visit NCTE to provide details on their existing or proposed business and source information and guidance from their officers. By doing so, we can be assured of high-quality products for domestic consumption and international export.
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