The Bhutan Standards Bureau (BSB) was established as an autonomous organization in the year 2010 after the enactment of the Bhutan Standards Act 2010 on 7th July 2010 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 natural environment, promoting industrial efficiency and development and facilitation of domestic as well as international trade. BSB is now set to coordinate and oversee all standardization and conformity assessment activities in the country.
Mandate of the Bureau (As per Bhutan Standards Act 2010)
The Bureau has mandate to:
- develop national standards and facilitate their implementation;
- establish and operate metrological referral and calibration laboratories;
- establish and operate product testing infrastructure;
- carry out/operate product and management system certification schemes;
- permit, coordinate and facilitate accreditation of laboratories and certification bodies;
- promote quality and standardization;
- oversee the implementation of Regional and International Trade Agreement related to standards and Technical Barriers to Trade; and
- carry out such other mandate related to standardization and quality control including monitoring as may be assigned by the Royal Government.