Public feedback on national standards welcomed
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE National Standards Centre under the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO) is inviting the public to comment on the latest draft of national standards under the Piawai Brunei Darussalam (PBD).
The PBD will comprise of standards from various technical committees including food, electrical, construction, health and automotive. Three standards have been developed namely: Code of Hygienic Practice for Pre-cooked and Cooked Foods In Mass Catering (Good Catering Practice); Specification For Steel Ribbed Bars For The Reinforcement Of Concrete and Specification Brunei Standard for Organic Agriculture. The EIDPMO in a statement, said the period open for the public to comment assures that the industry, companies and other stakeholders are aware of any future changes to the national standards document.
It will also provide the public with an opportunity to influence the specifics and elements of the standards documents before their publication by the National Standards Committees.
The PBD is a national standards document which aims to provide national guidance in areas such as design, use or performance of materials, products, processes, services and systems.
“As part of the development of the PBD, one of the integral tools is to ensure transparency and participation from four main stakeholders, namely, the government, private, public and consumer interest.
The PBD is based on an open system, in accordance with the World Trade Organization requirements,’’ the statement said.
Before any standards are introduced and reviewed, the department said the documents undergo a consultation process.
The statement added this ensures that all views are considered, and gives the opportunity for the public from different sectors and industry to influence the content of the standards.
It also gives the public an opportunity to be familiar with the content of the standards before they are published and hence, carry a competitive advantage.
The department is inviting and encouraging the public to comment on the latest draft standards that have been made available online on www.ei.gov.bn.
To allow for the submission of comments on the draft or existing PBD by interested parties and/or sectors such as food, electrical, construction, health and automotive, the period available for the public to submit their comments is two months, or 60 days.
The department said all views and comments will be deliberated by the relevant committee and further drafting will be made, if necessary.
For the information of the public, the draft PBD for the three standards mentioned can be obtained and comments submitted online via www.ei.gov.bn.
Deadline of submission is on August 16.
The National Standards Centre is a unit under the EIDPMO, whose role is to facilitate and to regulate in the areas of Standards and Conformance. Aside from ensuring that standards in the country are in accordance to international requirements, the centre also provides guidance and information to entrepreneurs on the importance of having the right certifications (quality and product standards).
The Brunei Times