Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) was established under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests as a government entity to support the Industries and Commerce in Bhutan for market access and trade facilitation through assurance of product quality and safety in addition to its already mandated functions.
In today’s highly competitive international marketplace, customers, governments, general public, employees, stakeholders over the world are demanding companies to adopt product certification which provides an assurance of consistent product quality, pollution prevention, waste reduction, safety and health of employees. To assist the industries and commerce in Bhutan, BAFRA has launched Product Certification Scheme in conformity with Food Act of Bhutan, 2005. BAFRA has decided to implement product certification in conformity with ISO IEC 17065:2012 to provide third party mark of Certification against Scheme (Type 5) of ISO/IEC 17067:2013 to the organizations which demonstrate that they have implemented and are maintaining an effective product certification with mark of conformity to products and operating processes, activities and operations in accordance with the certification Marks. The Marks consists of determination of conformity of products with Bhutan Mandatory Standards through product sampling, initial testing and assessment of the factory quality management system. The product quality is continuously monitored through surveillance of the factory’s quality management system, testing of samples from the factory and open market. The certification services are provided to all applicants without any discrimination.
Benefits of this certification
The benefits of this certification include:
- Increased consumer confidence as the product has gone through an independent auditing and testing process
- It helps in reducing the non-conformance in the product to a larger extent
- The certification mark clearly stands out amongst the competitors giving the product an edge
- Certification proves your credibility to the market
- It ensures a consistency in the product quality hence earning reputation
- Confirms that your products and services meet all trusted external and internal standards.
To facilitate trade and promote food safety through product certification, BAFRA is currently providing product certification services as gratis. The Product Certification Scheme and other relevant information along with the directory of certified products are as below;
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