Bureau of Standards Jamaica
At the ITU, courses highlighting specific competencies are emphasized during each quarter, April to June has been no different. Most courses carry defined requisites which must be obtained before an individual can move on to the advanced level. If an introductory course is advertised in a particular quarter, following closely behind will be the advance level. This allows individuals and companies to plan in a strategic manner and also allows for the concretization of information.
From April – June 2018, two critical courses are being highlighted – Food Safety (Good Manufacturing Practices) and Sanitation and Quality Management Systems. The Food Safety courses are geared at bringing general awareness to the management of the basic conditions and activities necessary to ensure the hygienic production, processing and or handling of safe foods and develop the necessary competencies to develop and maintain a robust Food Safety System.
The Quality Management series is comprised of three (3) modules, all of which are delivered within this quarter. It seeks to provide participants with the understanding of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard and also provides guidance for documenation, implementation and maintainance of the Quality Mangement system. It also affords them adequate knowledge to implement the documentation requirements of the standard in their organization and finally will allow them to develop the knowledge and skills required to initiate and direct the audit processes within their organizations.
Understanding and Interpreting ISO 9001:2015 training held in April 2018 attracted the highest number of students for any session during the quarter. Notably, in the last week of June we will be conducting our first training since 2014 for a community organization. The training to be conducted is Good Manufacturing Practices & HACCP. This community organization operates a factory which utilizes the fruits and vegetables of the local farmers for production. The produce is used to make juices, jam, jellies and other food products.