Rubbed The Right Way: B’dos Nat’l Standard Inst. (BNSI) in collaboration& Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI) hold Seminar on Draft Standard for Professional Massage Therapists

The Barbados National Standard Institution (BNSI) in collaboration with the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries Inc. (BCSI) hosted a National Awareness Seminar on the Draft Standard for Professionals Massage Therapists at the Warrens Office Complex.

This seminar was attended by members of the Barbados Association of Professional Massage Therapists, other practicing professionals in this field as well as by other business support organizations such as the TVET Council and government representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and regional organizations which included the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

The National Awareness Seminar was a joint and collaborative effort by the BNSI, the national organization with the mandate to prepare, promote and adopt standards on a national, regional and international basis and the BCSI the umbrella organization representing the interest of the Health and Wellness Sector in Barbados. The organizations hosted the event in an effort to deliver on a number of objectives including sensitizing the attendees on the standard development process, the regulatory requirements that will need to be met by professionals in the adoption of this standard as well as to receive comments on the draft standard in the drive to implementing the standard at a national level.

{IMAGE VIA - definitivecaribbean.com} The Draft Standard for Professional Massage Therapists was drafted by the BNSI after there was considerable push from those professionals operating within the sector as well as from the Barbados Association of Professional Massage Therapists pertaining to the need for standards to be drafted and adopted for the sector which will aid in firstly enhancing the overall competitiveness of the profession within Barbados, secondly in promoting credibility among and competency of regulated professionals in the field and finally in protecting the health and safety of the client.

{IMAGE VIAdefinitivecaribbean.com} The Draft Standard for Professional Massage Therapists was drafted by the BNSI after there was considerable push from those professionals operating within the sector as well as from the Barbados Association of Professional Massage Therapists pertaining to the need for standards to be drafted and adopted for the sector which will aid in firstly enhancing the overall competitiveness of the profession within Barbados, secondly in promoting credibility among and competency of regulated professionals in the field and finally in protecting the health and safety of the client.

The Executive Director of the BCSI remarked that the national seminar on the Draft Standard for Professional Massage Therapists was “an important step in the development of this industry. When we talk about developing industries and sector, particularly to service our export clients including tourists, we have to ensure that we are branding our services with the highest available quality standards. This seminar on the current draft is part and parcel of that process where we move Barbados’ services offerings up the competitiveness value chain by incorporating international best practices, quality standards, sector regulations and professional development. We are working with the BNSI on this and other relevant activities and have also incorporated other stakeholders who will be providing training and other capacity building support. I am looking forward to Barbados starting to differentiate its services offerings through investment in initiatives like this one which was supported by the Caribbean Export Development Agency. There is a lot more work to be done and we need all the stakeholders to get on board actively.”

The Director of the Barbados National Standard Institution stated that “the BNSI is the organization responsible for the development of the draft Code of Practice for Professional Massage Therapists through the work of its National Health and Wellness Standards Committee. This document is being developed as a guide to provide practitioners with a clear statement of the expectations of professional conduct and level of practice afforded to the public, in the delivery of services. It is intended to be used as a reference tool to ensure the competency of practitioners of therapeutic massage and bodywork, for educators in curriculum design, for the investigation and handling of complaints and by the public to assess the quality of treatment being offered or received.

The National Awareness Seminar marks one of the first public awareness initiatives for 2013 on the development of standards for professionals operating within the Health and Wellness Sector. This collaborative effort of the organizations involved in the hosting of this seminar marks an important step in the development of standards for Barbados’ services sectors. The BCSI remains committed to continuously working with the BNSI and other key stakeholders in driving the standard development process forward in-order to ensure that are services sectors reach the highest international standards.

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