Thimphu, 29 January-5 February: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) is in the process of coming up with the food safety licensing document for food businesses based on the criteria for good hygienic and manufacturing practices (GHP/GMP), which is currently in draft format.
In order to better understand the document and discuss further on its improvement, twenty-one Regulatory and Quarantine Officials from across the country are undergoing seven day training on ‘Inspection Process and Lead Assessor’s Course on GHP/GMP’. Ms. Praveen Gangahar, a Food Certification and Accreditation Expert from India is the training resource person.
During the training, officials will learn about the detailed inspection processes and the developed GHP/GMP requirements that list down the activities to be conducted right from the time a food business operator seeks licensing through a series of feasibility, preliminary and follow-up inspections that results in the grant of license and further followed by surveillance inspection.
In addition, group works will be carried out along with the identification of non-compliances. Participants will be also encouraged to share feedbacks and comments on the developed GHP/GMP criteria and the system for verification of compliance.
According to a spokesperson, the draft document developed in line with the International Standard for Accreditation ISO 17065 (Conformity assessment requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services) will be finalised soon for implementation.
Training organised as a part of the ongoing FAO-TCP Project on ‘Strengthening Food Safety and Standards in Bhutan’, is being funded with technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
Reported By Tshering Doma with Photos by Tandin Norbu, ICS
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