12 September 2018, Thimphu: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), awarded product certification license to Zimdra Foods Private Limited, Phuntsholing and VEEN Waters Bhutan Private Limited, Samtse.
For Zimdra Foods Private Limited, the license was awarded for the manufacture of fruit juices while for VEEN Waters Bhutan Private Limited, the license was awarded for the manufacture of Packaged Natural Mineral Water.
Product certification is the provision of impartial third-party attestation through assessment/audit that the specified requirements have been fulfilled and demonstrated. Product certification is carried out by Product Certification Bodies which should conform to ISO/IEC 17065 (Conformity Assessment – Requirements for Bodies Certifying Products, Processes & Services) Standard. Therefore, the product certification is an established conformity assessment activity that provides confidence to consumers, regulators, industries and other interested parties that the products conform to specified requirements such as, product performance, safety, interoperability and sustainability.
BAFRA implements Food Act of Bhutan, 2005 and Food Rules and Regulations of Bhutan, 2017, which authorizes BAFRA to grant licenses to food manufacturers to use standard Mark on their products. BAFRA as a Certification Body for food and agriculture products is accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB), India for ISO/IEC 17065 since March 2018.
Product certification is generally an important pre-requisite for manufacturers who intends to export products at the Regional and International markets. The fundamental objectives of product certification are to:
- Address the needs of consumers, users and all interested parties by giving confidence regarding fulfillment of specified requirements, and
- Allow suppliers to demonstrate to the market that their product has been attested to fulfill specified requirements by an impartial third party Certification Body.
The award programme was graced by the Director General, BAFRA and attended by the Heads of Divisions and other relevant officials from the BAFRA Head Office.
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