Livestock farmers in the country are requested to keep a close watch on the health of their animals after feeding Karma Feeds and report any untoward incidents to the nearest DoL or BAFRA office for further investigation.


    1. Why do we need testing of foods?

    Testing of food is needed to.

    1. validate that food meets the regulatory/legal limits which are set to protect consumers
    2. gain consumer confidence on the product

    iii. facilitate export of food products

    1. What are your receiving hours and contact information of your laboratory?


    Receiving hours.

    Summer timing: 9am to 5 pm and

    Winter timing: 9am to 4pm on weekdays

    Contact Address:

    National Food Testing Laboratory

    Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority

    Ministry of Agriculture and Forests

    Yusipang, Thimphu.


    1. How much sample do I need to send?

    As mentioned, samples need to be representative of the lot and collected by using certain sampling procedures. Samples should be at least 50g/ml for each test parameters. However if it is packed/tinned it must be sent whole to maintain the integrity of the sample.

    1. How do I submit a sample?

    Samples can be submitted in person to our nearest BAFRA field offices or directly to the above address. You need to fill up the “sample submission form” clearly and indicate the test parameters that can be carried out at NFTL. Tests performed at NFTL can be found under “laboratory services” on the home page.  You should select the appropriate number of samples that are representative of your product(s) and it is highly recommended to get help from our field inspectors rather than collecting samples by yourself. It is highly recommended that perishable items be sent as quickly as possible in a cool box with ice packs to maintain integrity of the samples.

    1. How do I pay for my analysis?

    For now, NFTL provides testing services for free of charges

    1. How do you report results?

    Results are reported in a prescribed format signed by signatory authority as required by the accreditation system. Normally reports are emailed, faxed, etc. to our concerned field offices.

    1. What is your turnaround time?

    Answer: Microbiology: at least one week, Chemistry: 2-3 days. However, turnaround time will also depend on the number of samples received.

    1. Can I claim that my products are safe all time after you issue the test results?

    No, test results either positive or negative are only for the samples tested and cannot use the test result for different lots of products.

    1. Do you offer other services not mentioned on your website?

    The non-accredited tests that we can offer are testing of pesticide residues in vegetables, mycotoxins testing like Aflatoxin B1. If we are not in a position to meet your needs, we will arrange to send your samples to one of our reference laboratories in Thailand and India and this is chargeable.

    1. What is the sample retention time?
    Unless specified otherwise, the retention time for all samples is thirty (30) days from the date of issue of the test result.



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1. Bhutan Biosafety Clearing House (BBCH)
2. Regulated Plant Pests and Diseases Database
3. Laboratory Information Management System

4. Bhutan Bio-security and Food Safety System

5. SPS Portal


  1. Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
  2. Ministry of Economic Affairs
  3. Ministry of Education
  4. Ministry of Finance
  5. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  6. Ministry of Health
  7. Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs
  8. Ministry of Information and Communications
  9. Ministry of Labour Human Resources
  10. Ministry of Works and Human Settlement
  11. Royal Civil Service Commission
  12. Royal Audit Authority
  13. Bhutan Standards Bureau
  14. Drug Regulatory Authority
  15. G2C
  16. Election Commission of Bhutan
  17. Anticorruption Commission


  1. Codex Alimentarius Commission
  2. International Plant Protection Convention
  3. Internal Organization for Animal Health
  4. World Health Organization
  5. Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations
  6. World Food Programme


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