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Nepal Regulatory Departments

The Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) is based in Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal and has the following divisions:

  • Food Quality Control Division
  • Food Technology Development and Training Division
  • Central Food Laboratory National Nutrition Program
  • SPS Enquiry Point

There are five regional offices that are mainly engaged in food / feed quality control activities such as food inspection, sample collection, and analysis of samples as well as preparation of cases if violations of food / feed laws and food safety and quality are found. There are four customs laboratories (food quarantine labs) to monitor the quality of imported / exported food products.

The Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM) is the national standards body in Nepal. It is a government organization under the Ministry of Industry (MoI). It is also the national inquiry point / nodal point for the World Trade Organization (technical barriers to trade and non-tariff measures) and focal point for National Authority on Disarmament Affairs (NADA). The NBSM implements a product certification scheme. This is a voluntary scheme that assures quality of goods from Nepalese industries.

Functions, Duties and Responsibilities of NCS

  • Establish and revise national standards.
  • Adopt and or recognize standards established by other national bodies and international standardization institutions.
  • Determine the fees for granting license to use quality certification marks.

NBSM Laboratories

  • Building Construction Material Testing Laboratory
  • Chemical & Food Laboratories
  • Electrical Testing Laboratory
  • Pipe Testing Laboratory
  • Textile Testing Laboratory
  • Leather Testing Laboratory
  • Mechanical Testing Laboratory
  • Metrology Laboratory
  • Environmental Testing Laboratory


For more information on regulatory departments and quality control laboratories’ contact details, please see the following links:

4.1 Nepal Government Contact List

List of Nepal Government Organizations