About Us

Introduction
The Vanuatu Bureau of Standards or VBS, a statutory body under the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Industry, Commerce, Ni-Vanuatu Business, was launched on August 16, 2017. It is established under the Standards Act No.14 of 2016. The VBS core functions are in the area of standardisation, conformity assessment and metrology.

Assistance with preparation of HACCP Plans for Certification
SME’s and MSME’s

Simply set up an appointment with us and we will organise a site visit and provide assistance throughout the HACCP plan preparation and drafting. We will ensure that all documentation that your company needs to have is there. Acquiring HACCP certification increase buyer confidence in product and an increase in market share.

Testing Services
This service is for any SME’s, MSME’s and individuals who want to verify the quality of their value-added products.

Call us and talk to us first regarding the sample to be tested and give us any other important detail. Samples of products can be delivered to us in person or sent in from another island for testing.

Inspection Services

Monitoring of quality of products and processes on the market.

 

VBS Staff

Ruth Amos

Chief Executive Officer

  • Post Graduate Diploma (Natural Products Chemistry)
  •   BSc (Chemistry)
  • Cert. Lab. Quality Management (NZQC)
  • Cert. IV in Training and Assessment (APTC)
  • ISO 9001:2015 Internal/Lead Auditor Certificate of Competency (BSI-AU)
  • HACCP Requirements & GMP Certificate of Competency (BSI-AU)

Ruth oversees the general administration of the different sections of the VBS with a focus on the continual strengthening of the three main pillars of the VBS which are: standardization, conformity assessment and metrology.


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Beverly Nishai Marango

Quality Officer

  • Foundation Science, University of the South Pacific
  • Cert. Lab. Quality Management (NZQC)
  • ISO 9001:2015 Internal/Lead Auditor Certificate of Competency (BSI-AU)
  • HACCP Requirements & GMP Certificate of Competency (BSI-AU)

Beverly is currently working on implementing the ISO17025 laboratory management system in the laboratory.


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Karina Iavronlan

Laboratory Technician

  • Bachelor of Science (Food Technology)
  • Cert. IV in Training and Assessment (APTC)
  • ISO 9001:2015 Internal/Lead Auditor Certificate of Competency (BSI-AU)
  • HACCP Requirements & GMP Certificate of Competency (BSI-AU)

Karina’s job is to develop new products from local root crops, fruits and vegetables with an aim to reducing the reliance of rural communities on imported foods through training in food processing and food preservation of locally available foods for food security and revenue generation.


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Zealda Timbaci

Administration and Finance Officer

  • HRM Fundamental & Planning
  • Food Safety and Hygiene Training

Zealda looks after the administration and finances of the VBS.  She takes care of the organization and logistics of workshops, Board meetings, and the day-to-day running of the office.


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Tina Soaki Laau

Senior Food Technologist

  • Masters in Professional Studies (Food Technology)
  • Bachelor of Science (Food Technology)
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment (APTC) 
  • ISO 9001:2015 Internal/Lead Auditor Certificate of Competency (BSI-AU)
  • HACCP Requirements & GMP Certificate of Competency (BSI-AU)

Tina assists with drafting of Standards and HACCP plans for companies wishing to become HACCP Certified.   


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Steven Una Toara

Driver & Administration Support Officer

  • Certificate of Completion: Induction Course for Drivers

Steven takes care of the daily office errands and assists in some administrative activities.  He also maintains the office and office grounds and small maintenance jobs around the office.


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Rangkon Berangben

Inspector

  • Foundation Science, University of the South Pacific
  • Global Health Certificate of Completion: Antenatal Care