Animal Biosecurity

  1. In-Country Livestock Biosecurity Guidelines
  2. Guideline on safe retailing of meat and meat products in Bhutan
  3. Meat Inspection Manual
  4. Import Risk Analysis guideline for import of animal and animal products
  5. Animal Quarantine Station Operation Manual
  6. Protocol for import of animal and poultry feeds
  7. Protocol for import of breeding animals
  8. Protocol for Import of day-old chicks and hatching eggs
  9. Protocol for import of dressed and frozen chicken
  10. Protocol for import of fresh livestock products
  11. Protocol for import of livestock for processing
  12. Protocol for import of ornamental fish
  13. Protocol-for-import-of-pet-dogs-and-cats
  14. Protocol for import of processed livestock products
  15. Protocol for import of table eggs
  16. Protocol for import of dry fish and crustacean

Plant Biosecurity

  1. Guidelines for Field and Seed Inspection
  2. Guideline on Import of Soil for Industrial & Commercial Purpose other than Agricultural Use 2019
  3. Pesticides Guidelines 2019
  4. Inventory of Released and De-notified Crops in Bhutan (1988-2021)
  5. Seed Sampling Manual 2021
  6. Bhutan Phytosanitary Treatment Manual 2020
  7. Plant Quarantine Manual 2021
  8. Procedural Standards for  Pest risk analysis (PRA) in Bhutan 2021 

Food Safety

  1. Procedural Manual for Codex Bhutan
  2. BAFRA’s Licensing Process for Food Business
  3. Simplified process flow for issuance of Food Safety License
  4. Criteria for Good Hygienic and Manufacturing Practices for Licensing of Food Business
  5. Risk based Inspection and Sampling Manual for Imported Food Commodities 2019
  6. Guideline for Import of Food into Bhutan and Good Importing Practices 2018
  7. Food Recall Manual 2017
  8. Food Safety Investigation Manual 2016
  9. Food Handler Training Manual 2008
  10. Food Handlers’ Training Manual for Food Processing Units 2014
  11. Training Manual for Meat Handlers 2014
  12. Training Manual for Street Food Vendors 2014
  13. Guideline for Food Safety and Quality Management of National Food Security Reserve 2020
  14. Hygiene and Safety Guidelines for Food Business Operators and Consumers during COVID-19 Pandemic


  1. Guideline on Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Plants
  2. Guidelines for handling applications Edition 2014
  3. Guidelines for Inspection and Monitoring of GMOs/LMOs
  4. Manual for training workshop on GMO LMO-Handling of Applications and Inspection
  5. Risk Assessment of Food and Feed Products Derived from Genetically Modified Plants


  1. BFDA-CS: Guideline for clients on Food Product Certification
  2. BFDA-CS: Simplified Process flow – Food Product Certification
  3. BFDA-CS: Guidance for clients enquiring about product certification
  4. BFDA-CS: Guidance on use of BAFRA Standard Mark
  5. BFDA-CS: Product certification information brochure
  6. BFDA-CS: Procedure for use of License Certificate and Mark of Conformity
  7. BFDA-CS: Procedure for handling complaints
  8. BFDA-CS: Procedure for handling appeals
  9. BFDA-CS: Procedure for termination, reduction, suspension or withdrawal of certification
  10. BFDA-CS: Procedure for re-certification/renewal
  11. BFDA-CS : Procedure for Receipt, Review and Registration of Application

BFDA Inspection Services ( BFDA- IS)

  1. BFDA IS – Quality Policy
  2. BFDA IS- Impartiality Statement
  3. Scope of Inspection Services
  4. Procedure for Maintaining Confidentiality of Data and Information
  5. Procedure for Handling Complaints
  6. Procedure for Handling Appeals
  7. Procedure for Publicly Available Information
  8. Procedure for Operation of Impartiality Committee
  9. Inspection Procedure– Licensing Process for Food Businesses
  10. Guideline For Use of Food Safety License Mark on The Food Product Label
  11. Procedure for Management of Impartiality and Conflict of Interest



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