The National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards
The National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS)
is a governmental agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. At ACFS, we recognize that food trade has played an important role in world food security. Therefore it is important to ensure that food trade is not disrupted and does not jeopardize the food security of the world. Since the WTO and its Member Countries have agreed to reduce tariffs so that trade can be accelerated, the non-tariff barriers such as food safety have become trade requirements. ACFS is therefore making every effort to ensure the safety of food and agricultural commodities produced in Thailand so that both local and international consumers can always trust and enjoy them.
We work in partnership with Government Departments, local authorities, national, regional and international organizations to achieve our goals. Below are our core functions.
1. Standard setting for agricultural systems, commodity and food items, and food safety ;
2. Accreditation of certification bodies ;
3. Dialogue and negotiation with international trade partners on disputes concerning SPS/TBT issues ;
4. Food standard control ;
5. Promotion of standard compliance for farms and food establishments.
In addition, the Bureau is the national information center for agricultural and food standards and also acts as the focal point for WTO-SPS/TBT, Codex and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).
The Bureau is located at 50 Phahonyothin road Chatuchak district, Bangkok, sharing the same compound as Kasetsart University and several Departments under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.