Requesting party and partners

Surinaams Standaarden Bureau

 Capricorn Projekt BV


The involved institutions


The SSB has the legal task of producing standards as well as implementing certification programmes. The Bureau aims to create an adequate and sound standards infrastructure, stimulate economic activities, protect the environment, human safety and health, and protect plant and animal life and health, through developing, adopting, maintaining and promoting the application and use of standards and technical regulations.

Goals for SSB

With the standards that have been developed and the certification programme that is currently under development, the SSB aims to go a step further. The SSB wants to build in-house expertise so that they can offer the various companies, especially small and starting entrepreneurs, the necessary training to enable them to easily complete the certification process.

The ultimate goal is to further strengthen the various sectors in the theoretical and technical field of safe production of their products and guarantee that a certain degree of quality is linked to the various products and services delivered by the companies.

Capricorn Projekt BV

In this project, we partner with Capricorn Projekt BV (Ms Jenna Wijngaarde). In Suriname, Capricorn Projekt is intensively involved in Agricultural Sector Plan (ASP)-related consultancy work.



Improving knowledge and skills

Currently, the SSB does not have all the means in the field of conformity assessment for certification. Although the Bureau has the legal authority to certify, it has never progressed beyond writing a certification programme. To be able to offer certification services for the implementation of standards, the SSB needs to strengthen in-house knowledge and skills in standardisation, certification implementation and auditing.



Project goal and outputs

To support SSB in the successful launch of their certification programmes, this tailor-made training (TMT) aims to strengthen the institution in the aforementioned fields. The TMT consists of three training weeks, covering:

  1. Organisational Management and Leadership

The first training week will focus on the overall capacity of a standards and certification organisation, covering the organisational capacity and roles. ISO standards for national and international markets will be addressed to serve as a basis for institution building. Participants will be supported in the development and implementation plans for standards implementation (e.g. auditing plans, action planning, client communication, accreditation body communication, etc.). With these skills, SSB can work with all ISO standards and will build capacity to train future employees and clients who need ISO certification.

  1. Auditing and communication skills

The second training week will build capacity in the field of auditing. Conducting internal audits is an important instrument for realising improvement within the quality system. The participants will develop practical knowledge and skills about preparing, conducting, and reporting on internal and external audits. Questions about the how and why of internal audits are explained in a practical way and will be practiced based on role-plays. This training especially focuses on capacity building for auditors and lead-auditors (oversight) and takes a Training of Trainers (ToT) approach. This is to provide SSB with the capacity to carry out internal audits for quality management and food safety systems and will support them in training new auditors.

  1. Product service development

The third training week will support SSB in developing training materials for their clients and future auditors. This supports the ToT approach by enabling SSB to understand the process of knowledge and skills communication applied in the translation from standards (technical language) to clients and consumers (basic language). Furthermore, SSB will be supported in developing certification and training services to guarantee future financial resources for their operations.


Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic as part of The Orange Knowledge Programme under project number OKP-TMT.21/00136

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