Animal Biosecurity

  1. Welfare Standards for Transport of Animals
  2. Standards of laboratory for collection and processing of semen
  3. Standards of construction and operation of designated farm
  4. Standards for pedigree and breeding parameters of livestock meant for breeding, semen and embryo production
  5. Standards for animal feeds and establishments related to production, storage and marketing
  6. Minimum standard for meat retailing and transportation
  7. Standards for Different Category of Abattoir

Plant Biosecurity

  1. Hazelnut Plant Standard
  2. Seedling Standard for Coffee
  3. Minimum Seed standards of Bhutan 2019
  4. Standards for Slip(Cardamom) and Rhizome(Ginger) standards
  5. Registration of Nursery Operator and Seed Certification 2020.
  6. Procedural Standard for Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) in Bhutan 2021
  7. Standard of Quality for Mandarin Fruits
  8. Standards of Quality for Apples
  9. Matsutake Mushroom Grades
  10. Common Standards of Quality for Cordyceps 2019
  11. Minimum Standards for Asparagus crowns
  12. Minimum Citrus Seedling Certification Standards

Food Safety

  1. Executive Order-Mandatory Food Standards
  2. Regulation for Street Vended FoodsBhutan Technical 
  3. Bhutan Technical Regulation for Red Rice
  4. Bhutan Standard for Natural Mineral Water
  5. Bhutan Technical Regulation for Maize and Maize Products
  6. Bhutan Technical Regulation for Home Processed Pickles
  7. General Standard for Food Hygiene
  8. Bhutan Technical Regulation for Dried Fish and Dried Salted Fish
  9. Bhutan Technical Regulation for Chilli and Chilli Powder
  10. Bhutan Technical Regulation for Animal Meat and Co-products
  11. Consolidated Technical Regulations BMS 13-22 (2018)
  12. Minimum Standard Requirement for Street Food Vendors
  13. Minimum Standards for Establishment and Operation of Temporary Food Stalls
  14. Technical Regulation: BMS-012017 PESTICIDE__RESIDUES_IN_FOOD
  15. Technical Regulation: BMS-022017 VETERINARY__DRUG_RESIDUES_IN_FOOD
  16. Technical Regulation: BMS-032017 FOOD ADDITIVES
  17. Technical Regulation: BMS-042017 MYCOTOXINS_IN_FOOD
  18. Technical Regulation: BMS-052017 HEAVY_METALS__IN_FOOD
  19. Technical Regulation: BMS-062017 HONEY
  20. Technical Regulation: BMS-072017 MILK
  21. Technical Regulation: BMS-082017 BUTTER
  22. Technical Regulation: BMS-092017 LOCAL_CHEESE
  23. Technical Regulation: BMS-102017 TABLE_EGGS
  24. Technical Regulation: BMS-112017 GENERAL FRUIT JUICES AND NECTORS
  25. Technical Regulation: BMS-122017 LABELLING_OF_PREPACKAGED_FOODS


  1. BAFRA-CS: Food Product Certification Scheme
  2. BAFRA CS: Organic Product Certification Scheme
  3. BAFRA CS: GAP Product Certification Scheme
  4. Bhutan Organic Standard 2022:BOS 02:2022
  5. Bhutan GAP Standard :BTS 30:2017
  6. BTR 012:2017: Specification of Natural Mineral Water 



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