Food Handlers License

If you have a food business, or work in the food processing or catering industry, you are required to undertake the Food Handlers training as mandated by the Food Rules and Regulations of Bhutan (2017). BAFRA issues food handlers license after a health interview, training on food safety, and signing an undertaking that the food handler and all those under their supervision restrain themselves from handling food under certain conditions of illness as listed below;

  1. Hepatitis A (Jaundice)
  2. Diarrhoea
  3. Vomiting
  4. Fever
  5. Sore throat with fever
  6. Visibly infected skin lesions (boils, cuts etc.)
  7. Discharge for ear, eye, and nose

BAFRA conducts the Food Handlers’ Training, free of charge, for all people who supervise and/or handle food or food contact surfaces. The trainings are conducted for the food handlers working in processing units, meat shops and as street food vendors. The trainings are uniformly provided throughout 20 Dzongkhags based on standard training manuals as below, which are also available for download:

  1. Food handlers training manual for processing units
  2. Food handlers training manual for street food vendors
  3. Food handlers training manual for meat handlers

Upon successful completion of the training, a food handler is issued with a Food Handlers’ License that is valid for five years. After five years, the food handler then has to undergo Refreshers’ Training and successfully complete it for the renewal of the food handlers’ license.
Any food handler required to undergo the Food Handlers Training or Refreshers’ Training should attend the training at the nearest BAFRA Dzongkhag office with the following:

  1.  Valid medical certificate (Form C of the occupational Health)
  2. CID copy
  3. Nu. 100 (nominal fee for printing the Food Handlers License)