Our Role in Protecting Vanuatu’s Future
The Vanuatu Bureau of Standards or VBS for short, is a body corporate under the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business (MTTCNVB). Its functions are directed by the Standards Act. Currently the Food Technology Development Centre and Analytical Unit is housing this organisation however, in the near future its functions will be separated from the FTDCAU.
As a member of the World Trade Organisation, Vanuatu has an obligation to implement the Technical Barrier to Trade Agreement (TBTA). This Agreement ensures that “any technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures do not constitute a technical barrier.” At the same time “it seeks to achieve a balance between allowing Members to take regulatory measures to protect legitimate interests, and assures that technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment procedures do not become unnecessary obstacles to international trade.”