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THE JAMAICA-MADE MARK “Representing bona fide Jamaican” INFORMATION SHEET

INFORMATION PAMPHLET

BUREAU OF STANDARDS JAMAICA Making Standards work for you...

Rev. No.: 5

Rev. Date: 18-May-2011

Ver: 0.2

Issued: 01-Feb-2012

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THE JAMAICA-MADE MARK “Representing bona fide Jamaican� INFORMATION SHEET

THE JAMAICA-MADE MARK PROGRAMME Under the Standards Act of 1969 and the Standards Regulations of 1983, the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has the power to grant the use of Standard Marks (Certification Marks) to companies that demonstrate that their commodities, processes and practices conform to standard specifications. In keeping with its mandates, to increase competitiveness, facilitate trade and protect consumers, the BSJ, established The Jamaica-Made Mark Programme in accordance with section 9 of the Standards Act. This mark not only indicates that product(s) conform to established national/international standard(s) but also indicates that these product(s) contain a minimum of fifty-one percent (51 %) Jamaican raw material or seventy percent (70%) Jamaican input. The Jamaica-Made Mark Programme is a voluntary conformity assessment programme available to all manufacturers of authentic Jamaican products. Options under the programme include: 1. Product Certification (Option 1): This is applicable to goods that are produced using processes that deliver consistent and uniform products which conform to Jamaica-Made Mark (JMM) specified requirements. Certification is granted for two (2) years. 2. Batch Certification (Option 2): This refers to the certification of a single batch of a product. A certificate will be issued for that batch which conforms to JMM specified requirements.

WHAT IS THE JAMAICA-MADE MARK?

The Jamaica-Made Mark is a mark of quality that is used to distinguish certified authentic Jamaican products. The Jamaica-Made Mark is awarded by the BSJ where specified requirements are fulfilled. All manufacturers of authentic Jamaican products have the right to apply for the use of the mark.

Rev. No.: 5

Rev. Date: 18-May-2011

Ver: 0.2

Issued: 01-Feb-2012

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THE JAMAICA-MADE MARK “Representing bona fide Jamaican” INFORMATION SHEET

AIM OF THE JAMAICA-MADE MARK PROGRAMME 1. To provide a mark that easily distinguishes authentic Jamaican products of quality 2. To create a significant competitive advantage for authentic Jamaican products locally and overseas 3. To provide an avenue for the re-establishment of consumer confidence in the authenticity and quality of Jamaican products 4. To provide economic benefits to our local (compliant) manufacturers and ultimately the country

WHO IS THE JAMAICA-MADE MARK AVAILABLE TO? The Jamaica-Made (certification) Mark will be available on a voluntary basis to any company: 1. Agreeing to the terms and conditions stated in a contract for the use of this mark 2. Whose products adhere to applicable standards 3. Whose products are verified via auditing of the manufacturing process to contain at least 51% Jamaican raw material or 70% Jamaican input where the principal raw material is not available in Jamaica 4. Utilizing written procedures thereby demonstrating the ability of these establishments to produce consistent quality output and/or have a quality system in place

WHO BENEFITS FROM THE JAMAICA-MADE MARK? EVERYONE BENEFITS

Manufacturers can see:  Improved brand recognition  Improved market advantage both locally and internationally Consumers will:  Identify authentic Jamaican products of quality National Economy will experience:  Consistent quality of Jamaican products  Increased export market  Enhanced economic growth

Rev. No.: 5

Rev. Date: 18-May-2011

Ver: 0.2

Issued: 01-Feb-2012

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THE JAMAICA-MADE MARK “Representing bona fide Jamaican” INFORMATION SHEET

JMM CERTIFICATION PROCESS

JMM TERMS AND DEFINITIONS 

Principal Raw Material – the most significant ingredient(s) by volume, area or mass (excluding water).

Jamaican Raw Material –substance(s) excluding water, originating solely from Jamaica, used in its natural, modified or semi-processed state as an input to a production process for subsequent modification or transformation into a finished good or used as the finished good.

Jamaican Input - all physical and measurable input originating in Jamaica. This includes labour, raw material, intellectual property, additives and processing.

Enquiries can be made to the following: The Standards Development & Certification Department Bureau of Standards Jamaica 6 Winchester Road Kingston 10 Jamaica, W.I. Tel: (876) 926-3140-5 l 632-4BSJ(275) l 619-1131 l 470-8201 Fax: (876) 929-4736 Email: certification@bsj.org.jm Website: www.bsj.org.jm Visit the BSJ’s Jamaica-Made Mark webpage: Rev. No.: 5

Rev. Date: 18-May-2011

Ver: 0.2

Issued: 01-Feb-2012

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JAMAICA-MADE MARK - Information Pamphlet  

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