Certification is a set of procedures that guarantee that a product or process is in conformity with the specified standard. The purpose of certification is to demonstrate that the specified requirements are met.
A certification body is a third-party conformity assessment body operating certification scheme(s)
Certification programme is the system of rules, procedures and management for carrying out certification of a product or process, including the standard against which it is being certified.
Accreditation is a third-party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks.
BAFRA has the following three certification schemes in operation under product certification:
For obtaining certification, the manufacturer or producer must have requisite manufacturing infrastructure, appropriate process controls, quality control and testing capabilities for the product or process as per relevant Standard.
BAFRA grants certification based on successful assessment of the manufacturing infrastructure, process controls, quality control and testing capabilities of the manufacturer through a visit to its manufacturing premises. Conformity of the product or process to the relevant standard(s) is also established through independent laboratory testing or testing in the manufacturing premises or a combination of both. The process flow for BAFRA’s product certification system can be found at http://www.bafra.gov.bt/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/BAFRA-17065-PROCESS-FLOW-for-certification.pdf
BAFRA accepts applications for product certification in both hard copies and electronic formats. The application can be submitted to the nearest BAFRA office or it can be emailed to BAFRA-CS at firstname.lastname@example.org
No, a separate application for each factory location is required to be submitted, even if the product and the relevant Standard is the same.
Currently, the certification service provided by BAFRA is on gratis.
Average time taken for grant of product certification licence is generally three months from the date of acceptance of a fully complete application. However, the turnaround time may vary depending upon the client’s fulfilling the standard and certification requirements during the certification process.
The product certification license is valid for a period of three years. Surveillance audit of the licensee is carried out by BAFRA at least once in a year.
For renewal of validity of license, BAFRA issues a renewal notice to the licensee, three months before the date of expiry of the license. The licensee shall submit the renewal application to BAFRA in the prescribed form, at least one month prior to the expiry of license.
The certification licence holder is required to extend co-operation to the certification officers of BAFRA or personnel of the agents appointed by BAFRA to carry out surveillance inspection. The licence holder shall also share relevant records and information sought. He would also facilitate testing in the factory and drawl of samples for independent testing. The licence holder shall be required to deposit samples to the designated laboratory as per advice of BAFRA certification officers.
No, one licence is granted by BAFRA for one product or one Standard (however, the licence may cover more than one variety/grade/size etc. specified/covered in the standard). The products and its varieties on which Standard Mark can be used is mentioned in the “Scope of licence” granted to you. It cannot be used for other product varieties not covered in the scope. However, you can get the scope of licence changed (inclusion or deletion of varieties) with reference to the standard against which licence has been granted.
BAFRA’s certification licence holder is required to inform BAFRA of its intentions of shifting the manufacturing unit to a new address with relevant documents for the new premises similar to the documents submitted at the time of application to BAFRA for grant of licence. The licensee on its own shall suspend the use of the Standard Mark under intimation to BAFRA on relocation of the manufacturing unit to new premises. The revocation of suspension may be done by BAFRA after verification of the old premises and verification of production process at new premises.
To check whether the Certification Mark is genuine or not, you may check the standard number and the license number marked on the product or the package. Verification of the licence number marked on the product can be checked from the publicly available Register of Licenses granted under BAFRA-CS ( Registry of Licenses granted ). If the marking is not genuine, you may complain about it to BAFRA through the toll free number 1555 or write to the Director General, BAFRA, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Thimphu or visit the nearest BAFRA office.
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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