Codex Alimentarius Commission is an international food standards body established jointly
by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) of
the United Nations in May 1963, with the objective of protecting consumer health and ensuring
fair practices in food trade. Currently, the Codex Alimentarius Commission has 189 Codex
Members made up of 188 Member Countries and 1 Member Organization (The European
Union). Bhutan became a member of Codex Alimentarius in 1999.
BAFRA, as the National Competent Authority for food safety, is primarily responsible for the
protection of consumer health through safe food. BAFRA has been designated as the National
Codex Contact Point (NCCP) since 2003. The head of BAFRA, as the NCCP functions as the
central coordination point for all Codex activities within Bhutan. The NCCP also serves as the
Member Secretary to the National Codex Committee (NCC) and coordinates all relevant Codex
activities within Bhutan.

The detail of the NCCP-Bhutan is as below:

Director General
Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA)
Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan
PO Box No. 1071, Thimphu: Bhutan
Tel# +975 2 327030 (Direct)+ 975 2 327031/325790/331349 (PABX)
Fax # +975 2 327032/335540



Plant and animal quarantine Services

The primary mandates of Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) is to implement effective biosecurity measures to protect the agriculture farming system including animal health, and public health from risks of entry, establishment and spread of exotic and or notifiable pests and diseases. Thus, a major role is placed…more

Import permit and clearance

Import of animals/plants and their products are allowed into the country with prior approval and obtaining Import Permit from BAFRA. At arrival at the point of entry, the consignment intended for import must be accompanied with a Phytosanitary Certificate for plant consignment and Zoo-sanitary Certificate for animal consignment…more

In-country movement permits

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority implements measures to reduce the transmission of animal or plant, pest and diseases from one dzongkhag to another. Hence In-Country Movement Permits are issued


Export certification

BAFRA facilitates the export of plant and plant products by issuing the certificates as per the requirements of the importing country following the procedure below…more

Food Handlers’ Licensing

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 avoid themselves from handling food under certain conditions of illness as listed below…more

Registration & Licensing Services

A person who intends to operate a food business requires a food safety license from BAFRA. BAFRA issues food safety licence to a food business that complies with BAFRA GHP/GMP Criteria  for Licensing of food business. To obtain a food safety licence…more

Food Testing Services

To provide food testing services to the regulators, food businesses and the general public, National Food Testing Laboratory was established, and it has following testing facilities..more

Certification Services

BAFRA provides product certification services to support the farmers, industries and commerce in Bhutan for market access and trade facilitation. BAFRA implements product certification in conformity with ISO IEC 17065:2012 to provide a third party mark of certification. Our certification services will enable you…more

Biosafety (GMO) Services

The Biosafety requirements are implemented as per the Biosafety Act of Bhutan 2015, and Biosafety Rules and Regulations 2018. The objectives of this Act is to protect, conserve and safeguard the biodiversity of Bhutan and also to promote the nation’s food and nutrition security and safeguard the animals and human health from unintended effect of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO).  Read More…




Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Post Box: 1071, 

Thimphu, Bhutan, Tel: +975-02-327031/325790 Fax: +975-02-327032/335540