Bhutan is an emerging economy and has a mix of organized and unorganized organizations in manufacturing, agriculture, construction and other service sectors. The unorganized Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector provides major employment opportunities and is responsible for producing goods for consumption in the country. All these units in the unorganized sector look for certain reference documents to enhance the quality of their products and services thereby enabling them to tap national and international markets.
The standards, conformity assessment and metrology (measurement system) procedures play a major role in assimilation of technology, effecting economy in production, stimulating competitiveness, ensuring value for money and consumer safety. Standardization process would ensure national standards based on regional/international standards are formulated, conformity assessment activities such as testing, certification etc. would ensure the national standards are implemented and metrology would ensure that all measurement systems in health, laboratories and those in the market are reliable and precise for consumer health and safety thereby improving the quality of life and well-being of our people.
The Bhutan Standards Bureau (BSB) was established in the year 2010 after the enactment of the Bhutan Standards Act 2010 on 7th July 2010 at the 5th session of the first parliament of Bhutan to foster and promote standards and standardization activities as a means of advancing the national economy, benefiting the health, safety and welfare of the public, assisting and protecting consumers, protecting our natural environment, promoting industrial efficiency and development, facilitating domestic and international trade. BSB is now an autonomous organization and an umbrella institution to coordinate and oversee all standardization and related activities in the country.