The basis for the establishment of the “Certification Division” has been envisaged under the Bhutan Standards Act 2010 with the following mandates:
- Carry out/operate Product Certification schemes
- Carry out/operate Management Systems Certification schemes
The Product Certification Scheme is operated as per the international standard ISO/IEC 17065:2012 which lays down the requirements that certification bodies must fulfill in order to carry out product certification. The Management System Certification is operated as per ISO/IEC 17021:2015.
The scheme is regulated by the BSB Licensing Regulation 2015. BSB PCS covers products manufactured in the country within the Framework of the Bhutan Standards Act 2010 and ISO/IEC 17065:2012. The applicants are required to fill the application in the prescribed format which can be downloaded from our website. The scheme consists of the determination of conformity of products to Bhutan standards through product sampling, initial testing, and assessment of the factory quality management system. The product quality will be continuously monitored through surveillance of the factory’s quality management system, testing of samples from the factory, and open market. The certification services are provided to all applicants without any discrimination.
As Bhutanese industry and commerce becomes more involved in international trade, BSB has recognized the need to ensure equivalence in recognition of other certification schemes abroad as well as recognition of BSB certification scheme by other trading partners especially in the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries. BSB has, therefore, working towards achieving accreditation and has been successful for three products: Cement, TMT Reinforcement bars, and Cationic Bitumen Emulsion from the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB), India. The scope will be increased as and when required focusing on products manufactured in the country and with the potential for export.
The main function of the division is to make an independent conformity assessment and provide a written assurance (a certificate) that the product, service, or system in question meets specific requirements.