DARE’s Executive Officer Syarifah Syazwana Wan Ali (C) delivering a talk alongside Bureau Veritas’ Certification Manager Ram M Desai (R) Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) will soon introduce a consultancy programme to assist local businesses who wish to export their products obtain various certifications required overseas.

The two-month Standard Consultancy Programme (SCP) is part of DARe’s wider market access initiatives that aim to enable local manufacturers to increase their sales locally and abroad.

The Design & Technology building at the Anggerek Desa Technology Park where DARe is headquartered. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

For the programme’s first cycle in November, DARe is inviting food and beverage producers to take part. 

It will be fascilitated by consultants from ARETE Sdn Bhd.

Throughout the programme, participating businesses will be guided through the processes in obtaining certifications in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) practices and ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System (FSMS).

HACCP practices help manufacturers identify the control points in their daily operations where certain hazards can cause food to be unsafe. They are expected to be capable of reducing hazards to a safe level.

Meanwhile, FSMS is a broader certification that has been internationally adopted through auditable standards, with practices examined going beyond the physical processing of food.

It also incorporates management reviews, as well as setting up communication channels with suppliers and regulators further to ensure that their foods are safe for consumption.

“This is something that we have worked with the National Standard Centre under the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) since last year,” said DARe’s Market Access Unit Assistant Manager Diana Ramli.

“It is also something that we learnt from other government agencies including Department of Agriculture and Agrifood (DAA) who has its own Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) standards,” she added.

After completing the SCP, participating companies are expected to follow through by engaging with an independent certification body to carry out an audit within six months.

The cost for the auditing and implementing any changes to obtain the certificates will not be borne by DARe, though participants can apply for financial assistance from the agency, such as grants and other market-access related assistances.

Bureau Veritas’ Certification Manager Ram M Desai praised DARe’s new initiative as it could improve Brunei’s international market presence.

“Brunei currently doesn’t have a regulatory requirement for businesses to be internationally certified and maybe this is due to the lack of exports,” said Desai, who was a guest speaker during a briefing on the SCP recently.

Those who are interested can download the application form at https://goo.gl/6id1Z8, and submit them to market.access@dare.gov.bn by October 22.

The newly launched canned beef products by Ghanim International Corporation Sdn Bhd at Hua Ho Manggis. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

They can also submit the printed forms to DARe’s Business Helpdesk on the first floor of the Design and Technology building at the Anggerek Desa Technology Park.

The programme is expected to assist businesses in other industries in the next cycle.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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