The National Quality Awards (NQA) is Guyana's first such programme and second in the CARICOM region, which recognizes local businesses that demonstrate the commitment to quality standards and best practices in both the production of goods and delivery of services.
The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) was established by Act 11 of 1984. The Bureau is governed by a National Standards Council and it falls under the portfolio of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism, Industry and Commerce.
To improve the quality of goods and services in Guyana through the process of standardization.
To promote standardization for economic development and consumer protection through standards development, promotion and implementation, metrology services and conformity assessment.
The Bureau has the following six departments which execute several work programmes: Standardization, Conformity Assessment, Metrology/ Standards Compliance, Laboratory Services, Information Services and Administration and Finance. The Bureau's programmes are geared towards consumer protection, technical assistance for industry and facilitation of trade.
A number of services are offered to stakeholders. These include testing and calibration, providing standards information, conducting quality audits, certification of products, providing technical assistance to industries desirous of implementing management systems and verification of weighting and measuring devices.