Public Comment Notice (Dominica Bureau of Standards)

The Dominica Bureau of Standards (Bureau) was established under the Standards Act (#4) of 1999. The Standards Act gives the Bureau responsibility to facilitate the development and promotion of Standards and Codes of Practice for products and services. As a result, this provides protection of the health and safety of consumers and the environment as well as for industrial development in order to promote the enhancement of Dominica's economy.

The Bureau develops Standards through consultations with relevant interest groups. In accordance with the provisions of the Standards Act, public comment is invited on all draft Standards before they are declared as Dominica National Standards (DNS).

In light of this, the following Standards are being issued for Public Comments:

Reference # Title Scope Documents used in Formulation
D-DNS IEC 62446-1:2016+AMD1:2018 Photovoltaic (PV) Systems - Requirements for testing, documentation and maintenance - Part 1: Grid connected systems - Documentation, commissioning tests and inspection (PDF, 665 KB)

Comment form for this standard (DOCX, 191 KB)
D-DNS IEC 62446-1:2016+A1:2018 defines the information and documentation required to be handed over to a customer following the installation of a grid connected PV system. It also describes the commissioning tests, inspection criteria and documentation expected to verify the safe installation and correct operation of the system. It is for use by system designers and installers of grid connected solar PV systems as a template to provide effective documentation to a customer. This new edition cancels and replaces IEC 62446 published in 2009 and includes the following significant technical change with respect to IEC 62446:2009: expansion of the scope to include a wider range of system test and inspection regimes to encompass larger and more complex PV systems. IEC 62446-1:2016+AMD1:2018
D-DNS ISO 22320:2018 Security and Resilience — Emergency Management — Guidelines for Incident Management (PDF, 344 KB)

Comment form for this standard (DOCX, 191 KB)
This document gives guidelines for incident management, including principles that communicate the value and explain the purpose of incident management, basic components of incident management including process and structure, which focus on roles and responsibilities, tasks and management of resources, and working together through joint direction and cooperation. This document is applicable to any organization involved in responding to incidents of any type and scale.
This document is applicable to any organization with one organizational structure as well as for two or more organizations that choose to work together while continuing to use their own organizational structure or to use a combined organizational structure.
ISO 22320:2018
D-DNS ISO 22395:2018 Security and Resilience — Community Resilience — Guidelines for Supporting Vulnerable Persons in an Emergency (PDF, 499 KB)

Comment form for this standard (DOCX, 191 KB)
This document gives guidelines for organizations to identify, involve, communicate with and support individuals who are the most vulnerable to natural and human-induced (both intentional and unintentional) emergencies. It also includes guidelines for continually improving the provision of support to vulnerable persons in an emergency.
It is intended for use by organizations with the responsibility for, or involvement in, part or all of the planning for working with vulnerable persons in an emergency. It is applicable to all types and sizes of organizations involved in emergency preparation, response and recovery activities, such as local, regional and national governments; statutory bodies; international and non-governmental organizations; businesses; and public and community groups.
The focus of this document is on vulnerable individuals and their needs in relation to an emergency.
ISO 22395:2018
D-DNS 23:202x Dominica Good Agricultural Practices (DOMGAP) - Interpretation Guidelines (PDF, 2,283 KB)

Comment form for this standard (DOCX, 191 KB)
This Dominica National Standard covers the certification of the entire agricultural production process with emphasis on developing viable and sustainable agroecosystems.
This standard gives guidelines on good agricultural practices for the production of fresh agricultural produce (root crops, cut flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables).
DOM-GAP provides the standards framework for independent, recognized third party certification of primary production processes based on ISO/IEC 17065. Certification of the production process - cropping, growing or producing - of products ensures that only those that reach a that level of compliance with established Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) set out in the DOM-GAP normative documents are certified.
This standard does not cover good agricultural practices for the production of tea, combinable crops and hop.
GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standards (IFA) version 5.4.
D-DNS CRS 27:2010 Specification for Fruit and Vegetable Juices and Drinks, and Fruit Nectars (PDF, 877 KB)

Comment form for this standard (DOCX, 191 KB)
This standard specifies requirements for juices and drinks derived from edible fruits and vegetables, fruit nectars, as well as noncarbonated beverages, containing no fruit or vegetable solids.
This standard does not apply to juices, drinks and nectars that are incorporated into carbonated beverages, sold as syrups or cordials that contain nutritive sweeteners in excess of 30 % by weight or sold to a manufacturer for further processing.
CRS 27:2010
D-DNS CRS 35:2010 Specification for Spices and Sauces (PDF, 469 KB)

Comment form for this standard (DOCX, 191 KB)
This CARICOM Regional Standard provides requirements for the identification, composition, purity, hygiene in processing, labelling, sampling and testing of spices and sauces.
This standard does not apply to: ketchups; barbeque-flavour sauces; spices derived from plants which are not specified in this standard; sauces made from recipes or formulae which are not specified in this standard; vinegars flavoured with spices or plant material extracts; and essential oils, extracts, or oleoresins derived from spices that are intended to be used as flavouring or colouring agents in food.
CRS 35:2010
D-DNS ASTM F2100: 2020 Standard Specification for Performance of Materials Used in Medical Face Masks (PDF, 727 KB)

Comment form for this standard (DOCX, 190 KB)
This specification covers testing and requirements for materials used in the construction of medical face masks that are used in providing healthcare services such as surgery and patient care.
This specification addresses medical masks with ties (surgical masks) and ear loops (procedure masks or isolation masks).
This specification provides for the classification of medical face mask material performance. Medical face mask material performance is based on testing for bacterial filtration efficiency, differential pressure, submicron particulate filtration efficiency, resistance to penetration by synthetic blood, and flammability.
This specification does not address all aspects of medical face mask design and performance. This specification does not specifically evaluate the effectiveness of medical face mask designs as related to their overall barrier and breathability properties.
This specification does not include any specific design criteria for medical face masks; however, surgical masks are differentiated by having ties to allow adjustment of the medical face mask fit in comparison to procedure or isolation masks, which use ear loops to affix the mask to the wearer's face.
This specification does not address requirements for regulated respiratory protection devices such as respirators, which may be necessary for some healthcare services and exposure to inhalation hazards.
The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test methods portion, Section 9, of this specification: This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
ASTM F2100:2020

The period for Public Comments will run from 25 April 2022 to 23 June 2022.

All interested persons wishing to comment on these documents can contact the Dominica Bureau of Standards at:

National Centre of Testing and Excellence
P.O. Box 1015,
Commonwealth of Dominica, W.I.
Tel.: (767) 275 5921 / 235 1592
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Posted: 28/04/2022