|Volume No. 1 Issue No. 25 - Friday, July 29, 2002
Standards Recommended for Adoption
by: The Dominica Bureau of Standards
promised in our previous article on Standards and its Development, abstracts of the various standards recommended to the National Standards Council (NSC) for adoption as Dominica National Standards (DNS), will be published in future articles. This week we will focus on the various labelling standards.
These standards provide general principles and specific requirements for the labelling of all goods, which are customarily labelled in the course of trade. They apply to both imported and exported goods such as new goods, used goods, seconds, reconditioned and similar goods that are offered for wholesale or retail sale in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Compulsory status has been recommended in order to protect the consumer, or user against danger to health or safety and to prevent fraud and deception arising from misleading labelling.
Specification for Labeling of Commodities - General Principles
DNS 2 : Part 1 : 2002
The purpose of this specification is to describe general labelling requirements for commodities. It is applicable to all commodities, which are customarily labelled in the course of trade, except those for which more specific requirements have been elsewhere prescribed in a Dominica National Standard (DNS)
Specification for Labelling of Commodities - Pre-packaged Goods
DND 2 : Part 2 : 2002
This specification sets out requirements for the information to be included on labels of goods pre-packaged for retail sale, the method of display of such information, and where necessary, the wording to be used.
This specification does not apply to the following:
(a) Goods or classes of goods where different or additional information is prescribed by any Dominica Standard or model regulations approved by the Dominica Authority concerned;
(b) Goods intended for export only, which comply with the requirements of standards or laws on labelling in force in the country to which they are being exported;
(c) Cases where any Dominica Standard for any goods or classes of goods makes differing or supplementary provisions for labelling: in such cases, the provision of that standard shall prevail over the provisions of this standard;
(d) Gift-wrapped goods.
Markings on shipping containers.
Specification for Labelling of Commodities - Pre-packaged Food
DNS 2 : Part 3 : 2002
This specification applies to the labelling of all pre-packaged foods to be offered as such to the consumer or for catering purposes and to certain aspects relating to the presentation thereof.
This standard is not applicable to a food which is -
(a) sold unpackaged, or in an open or uncovered package;
weighed or measured in or counted into the package in the presence of the purchaser, or weighed, measured or counted in the presence of the purchaser before being packaged;
(b) packaged from bulk at the place where the food is sold by retail provided that there is placed on every package a legible statement in English
pre-packaged from bulk at the place where the food is sold by retail in transparent colourless, flexible material.
Specification for Care Labelling of Textile Articles
DNS 2 : Part 4 : 2002
This specification establishes a system of graphical symbols intended for use in the labelling of textile articles to provide information on procedures for restoring of creased or soiled textile articles.
Specification for Labelling of all Products Manufactured from Textiles
DNS 2 : Part 5 : 2002
This specification states the basic labelling requirements for garments and other products manufactures from textiles.
Specification for Labelling of Commodities - Retail Packages of Cigarettes
DNS 2 : Part 6 : 2002
This specification states information, the method of display of such information, and the wording and presentation of a health warning to be included on the labels of retail packages of cigarettes intended for sale in Dominica and the Caribbean Community.
This specification applies to the labelling of individual packs of cigarettes intended for retail sale in the Dominica and the Caribbean Community.
Specification for Labelling of Commodities - Domestic Electrical Appliances
DNS 2 : Part 7 : 2002
This specification states the labelling requirements for domestic electrical appliances and shall read in conjunction with the Dominica National Standards on General Principles of Labelling and Labelling of Prepackaged Goods.
Specification Labelling of commodities Brewery Products (Beer, Stout, Shandy, Malta)
DNS 10 : 2002
This specification states the requirements for labelling of brewery products to be sold in Dominica and the Caribbean Common market.
It does not cover beverages sold under common names, including the words 'beer' and 'ale', that are not derived from cereals (for example, ginger beer, ginger ale, root beer).
The general public is informed that draft copies can be obtained for review and comments from the office of the Dominica Bureau of Standards, 28 Kennedy Avenue, Roseau, or by calling 767-448-1685/0252 and by emailing us at [email protected]