Bangladesh - Country Commercial Guide
Standards for Trade

Describes standards, identifies the national standards, accreditation bodies, and lists the national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.

Last published date: 2021-09-17

Overview

The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI: http://www.bsti.gov.bd/)) monitors product quality and acceptability.  BSTI inspects products for conformity with applicable product standards and safety regulations, and issues product certifications.  The Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB: http://www.bab.org.bd/) is the government agency tasked with accreditation in Bangladesh.

Standards

Quality standards are set and monitored by the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) following international standards, such as those established by the International Standards Organization.  Bangladesh also recognizes and accepts goods bearing certifications from standards institutions of other countries. 

Testing, Inspection and Certification

The main national testing organizations and conformity assessment bodies include:

  • Bangladesh Standards &Testing Institute (BSTI)
  • Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
  • Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA)
  • Bangladesh Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR)
  • Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC)

The national accreditation body, the Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB: http://bab.org.bd/), is tasked with accrediting conformity assessment bodies, including laboratories, certification bodies, inspection bodies, training institutions, and other regulatory standards and national standards bodies.  BAB is a member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).  International certification and testing bodies operate in Bangladesh. 

Publication of technical regulation

The Bangladesh Government Press – the government printing office – publishes the weekly “Bangladesh Gazette” every Thursday.  The gazette provides official notice of government actions, including issuance of government rules and regulations. 

Contact Information

The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI)

Maan Bhaban

116-A Tejgaon Industrial Area

Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh

Phone:  +880 2-8870275

E-mail: dg@bsti.gov.bd, bsti@bangla.net

 

Bangladesh Accreditation Board

Ministry of Industries (6th Floor)

91 Motijheel C/A

Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh

Phone:  +880 2-9513221

Email: info@bab.org.bd

Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to notify to the WTO proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures that could affect trade. Notify U.S. (http://www.nist.gov/notifyus) is a free, web-based e-mail registration service that captures and makes available for review and comment key information on draft regulations and conformity assessment procedures. Users receive customized e-mail alerts when new notifications are added by selected country or countries and industry sector(s) of interest and can also request full texts of regulations. This service and its associated web site are managed and operated by the USA WTO TBT Inquiry Point housed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.