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Codex Contact Point
Director General, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, PO Box 1071, Thimphu, Bhutan Tel: +975 2 327031
E-mail: [email protected]
National legislation on food safety: FAOLEX

Competent authorities

Name of authority
Bhutan Agriculture & Food Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Agriculture & Forests
INFOSAN Emergency Contact Point
Name: Ms. Gyem Bidha Designation: Deputy Chief Laboratory Officer, BAFRA Telephone # +975 2 327031/325790 Fax# +975 2 327032 Email: [email protected] /[email protected]

Food safety and consumer protection – laws and regulations

The current list of legislation, related to food safety and consumer protection in each country, is extracted from FAO's database on Food Legislation FAOLEX.
While FAOLEX makes every effort to serve as a high quality, reliable source of information, no guarantee is given that the information provided in FAOLEX is correct, complete, and up-to-date.

The national Codex programme

National Codex consultative mechanism
It is done through the National codex committee meeting which consist of experts from relevant agencies as well as pvt. sector representative.
Providers of scientific and technical input to national consultation on Codex
The stakeholders are the experts from the National Codex Committee members comprising of : 1. Ministry of Agriculture & Forests (MoAF) 2. Bhutan Agriculture & Food Regulatory Authority, MoAF 3. Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health (MoH) 4. Department of Agriculture, MoAF 5. Department of Livestock, MoAF 6. Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry 7. Bhutan Standards Bureau 8. Department of Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) 9. Department of Industry, MoEA 10. Thromde (Municipality), Thimphu Dzongkhag

Risk Assessments and Scientific Data

National bodies providing risk assessment and scientific advice
In Bhutan, there is no such scientific bodies to provide risk assessments and scientific advice to support risk management decisions. However, the experts from parent technical departments such as Department of Public Health,Department of Agriculture, Department of Livestock and also experts from UN agencies are consulted as and when required to support risk management decisions.
Risk assessment, risk profiles, scientific opinions
There is no any public domain that is being published separately. Any risk assessments carried out by each parent department is published in their respective websites.
Official Laboratory
National Food Testing Laboratory, BAFRA,MoAF Royal Center for disease Control, DoPH, MoH
Official Competence
Testing in microbiology & chemical discipline Testing in Microbiological discipline

Surveillance of foodborne diseases and monitoring of food contamination

National surveillance systems – foodborne disease in humans
National Early Warning Alert & Response surveillance (NEWARS), Royal Center for Disease Control, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health
National monitoring systems – foodborne hazards in the food chain
Inspection & monitoring Program