Brunei - 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: 2021-09-26

Overview

The National Standards Center (NSC) was established in 2008 and operates under the purview of the Ministry of Finance and Economy. The center ensures that the quality of products and services adheres to national and international requirements. The NSC is the “National Inquiry Point” for matters related to WTO Technical Barriers to Trade.

Standards

Brunei adheres to a range of international standards, including the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards regimes. Brunei also recognizes certifications from bodies that have been accredited by members of the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation. Conformance certificates and laboratory accreditations are also accepted from Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement members.

Testing, Inspection and Certification

All food products, whether sold, distributed, imported, or manufactured in Brunei must comply to the standards set within the Public Health (Food) Act (Chapter 182) and its Regulations (R1, Chapter 182). Other than labelling requirements, it also addresses the safety and appropriateness of food product ingredients. Ministry of Health officials conduct inspections of food preparation premises.

For the importation of cosmetic products, the Brunei Darussalam Medicines Control Authority (BDMCA), through the Director of Pharmaceutical Services, is responsible for the implementation of the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) 2007 Regulations in Brunei. The regulations follow the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive.

Telecommunications standards are regulated by AITI under Section 9 of Telecommunications Order, 2001. AITI regulates the use of telecommunication equipment in Brunei, requiring that services meet national standards.

Publication of Technical Regulations

Brunei’s laws, acts, and orders are published in the government Gazette. The hardcopies of the Gazette is published by the Government of Brunei. The publications can be viewed at the Attorney General’s Chambers’ website.

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. (https://tsapps.nist.gov/notifyus/data/index/index.cfm) 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.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan

Adriana Agusdin

Commercial Specialist

Phone: (673)-238-7513

Email: AgusdinA@state.gov

 

Head, Food Safety and Quality Control Division

Department of Health Services

Ministry of Health Brunei Darussalam

Phone: (673)-233-1100

Fax: (673)-233-1107

E-mail: fsqc@moh.gov.bn

 

ommunications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI)

Block B14, Simpang 32-5 Kampung Anggerek Desa

Jalan Berakas BB3713

Brunei Darussalam.

Phone: (673)-232-3232

Fax: (673)-238-2447

E-mail: info@aiti.gov.bn