- The 2012 classification of non-tariff measures (NTMs) developed by the Multi-Agency Support Team (MAST), a working group of eight international organisations, classifies SPS measures as one of 16 non-tariff measure (NTM) chapters.
- In this classification, SPS measures are classified as chapter A
- Defined as "Measures that are applied to protect human or animal life from risks arising from additives, contaminants, toxins or disease-causing organisms in their food; to protect human life from plant- or animal-carried diseases; to protect animal or plant life from pests, diseases, or disease-causing organisms; to prevent or limit other damage to a country from the entry, establishment or spread of pests; and to protect biodiversity”.
- This includes measures for protecting fish and wild fauna, forests and wild flora.
Examples of SPS Measures
- A1: Prohibitions/restrictions of imports for SPS reasons
- A11: Temporary geographic prohibitions for SPS reasons. Example: Imports of poultry from areas affected by avian flu or cattle from foot-and-mouth disease-affected countries are prohibited.
- A14: Special authorisation requirement for SPS reasons. Example: An import authorisation is required from the Ministry of health for baby food items.
- A2: Tolerance limits for residues and restricted use of substances.
- A21: Tolerance Limits for residues or contamination by certain (non-microbiological) substances.
- Examples: (a) MRL is established for insecticides, pesticides, heavy metals and veterinary drug residues; (b) POPs and chemicals generated during processing; (c) residues of dithianon in apples and hop.
- A22:Restricted use of certain substances in foods and feeds and their contact materials. Examples: (a) Certain restrictions exist for food and feed additives used for colouring, preservation or sweeteners; (b) For food containers made of polyvinyl chloride plastic, vinyl chloride monomer must not exceed 1 mg per kg.
- A3: Labelling, marking and packaging requirements
- A31: Labelling requirement. Examples: (a) Labels that must specify the storage conditions such as “5 degree C maximum”; (b) potentially dangerous ingredients such as allergens, e.g. “contains honey not suitable for children under one year of age”.
- A4: Hygienic requirements
- A41: Microbiological criteria of the nal product. Example: Liquid eggs should be pasteurized or otherwise treated to destroy all viable Salmonella microorganisms.
- A5: Treatment for elimination of plant and animal pests and disease-causing organisms in the nal product (e.g. post- harvest treatment)
- A51: Irradiation. Requirement to kill or devitalize microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, or insects that might be present in food and feed products by using irradiated energy (ionizing radiation). Example: This technology may be applied on meat products, fresh fruits, spices and dried vegetable seasonings.
- A6: Other requirements on production or post-production processes.
- A63: Food and feed processing. Requirements on how food or feed production should take place in order to satisfy sanitary conditions for the nal products. Example: New equipment or machinery for handling or processing feed in or around an establishment producing animal feed shall not contain polychlorinated biphenils (PCBs).
- A8: Conformity assessment related to SPS.
- Requirement for verification that a given SPS condition has been met. It could be achieved by one or combined forms of inspection and approval procedure, including procedures for sampling, testing and inspection; evaluation, verification and assurance of conformity; accreditation and approval, etc.
- A83: Testing requirement. A requirement for products to be tested against a given regulation, such as MRL: This measure includes the cases where there is sampling requirement. Example: A test on a sample of orange imports is required to check against the maximum residue level of pesticides.
- A83: Certification requirement. Certification of conformity with a given regulation that is required by the importing country but may be issued in the exporting or the importing country. Example: Certificate of conformity for materials in contact with food (containers, papers, plastics, etc.) is required.
Conformity Assessment Requirements
A84: Inspection requirement. Requirement for product inspection in the importing country. It may be performed by public or private entities. It is similar to testing, but it does not include laboratory testing. Example: Animals or plant parts must be inspected before entry is allowed.
A85: Traceability requirements. Disclosure requirement of information that allows following a product through the stages of production, processing and distribution. Example: For vegetables, disclosure of information on the location of the farm, name of the farmer or fertilisers used may be required.
A86 Quarantine requirement. Requirement to detain or isolate animals, plants or their products on arrival at a port or place for a given period in order to prevent the spread of infectious or contagious disease, or contamination. Example: Live dogs must be quarantined for two weeks before entry into the territory is authorized. Plants need to be quarantined to terminate or restrict the spread of harmful organisms.
Facilities in Bangladesh
- BSTI has a total of 18 laboratories, including those at its head office in Dhaka and 5 regional offices to perform various testing, conformity assessment, and certification.
- The head office and each of the 5 regional offices has 1 laboratory chemical testing, 1 laboratory for physical testing, and 1 laboratory for physical metrological testing.
- So, 3 laboratories in each of the 6 offices make the total pf 18 laboratories of BSTI.
- There are 5 new laboratories are in progress, and expected to become functional with another year or so. So far, the BSTI laboratories have been set up in district towns, for ease of administration.
- Plant Quarantine Wing of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) currently has 16 laboratories and one more laboratory is going to be established by 2018 in the Central Packing House.
- As of 2017, DAE has 30 plant quarantine stations all over the country.
- Out of these 30 stations, 23 are at various Land Customs Stations (LCS), 3 at international airports, 2 are at sea ports, and 1 at the inland container depot of railway. Additionally, the headquarters in Dhaka has a fully operations plant quarantine station.
Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB):
- Has accredited 52 conformity assessment bodies till July 2017
- Out of these 52,
- 41 are testing laboratories for various products (ISO/IEC 17025:2005)
- 5 are calibration laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025:2005)
- 2 are for medical diagnostic testing laboratories (ISO15189:2012)
- 2 are for certification bodies (ISO/IEC 17021:2011)
- 2 are for inspection bodies (ISO/IEC 17020:2012)
Conformity Assessment in Bangladesh
- The mail form of conformity assessment are:
Conformity Assessment Bodies
- Bangladesh Accreditation Board, (BAB)
- Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI)
- Bangladesh Telecommunications Company ltd. (BTCL)
- Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
- Energy Regulatory Commission
- Drug Administration Authority
- Training Institute for Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation
10. Bangladesh Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR)
- Fisheries Inspection & Quality control, FIQC
- Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission
- Central Drug Testing Laboratory
- Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE)
- Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
- Non-Government & Private:
- Bureau Veritas
- TUV Rheinland
- TUV SUD
- Intertek ; etc.
- Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association(BGMEA) labs
- Pharmaceutical Industries In-house labs
- Bulk agricultural commodity cargo inspection and testing
- Verification of packing / shipping marks, product marks, etc
- HS customs coding verification
- Verification of contractual quantity and quality specifications
- Pasteurised Milk (BDS 1702) - pathogens/microbes
- Biscuits (BDS 383) - ingredients
- Instant Noodles (BDS 1552) - led contamination
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