National Compliance and Regulatory Authority
Under Component 5a of The Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project, the Regulatory Division of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has been separated by Cabinet Decision #27/15 to become the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA).
The NCRA began operations in January 2016 to transition the regulatory responsibility from the BSJ to an independent body. This is in compliance with the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade arrangements that the regulatory activities, monitoring, inspecting and enforcement responsibilities must be separated from the standards setting body.
The NCRA is responsible, inter alia, for registering pre-packaged food establishments, registering importers and local manufacturers of goods for which compulsory standards exist, inspecting goods at the ports of entry and in the domestic market, as well as, undertaking responsibility for the verification of weighing and measuring devices used in trade and conducting petrol sampling. Compliance activities and the execution of enforcement actions are within the remit of the NCRA. We partner with businesses to achieve conformance with established standards and regulations and our work provides proof and added assurance of safety and quality to consumers.
The National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA) is a statutory body which falls under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF).