The Standards Development Division (SDD) is responsible for the development of relevant and science-based Philippine National Standards (PNS) for primary and postharvest agriculture and fishery (AF) products (including organic agriculture and Halal), tools, machineries, equipment, and structures. These PNS are developed through Technical Working Groups (TWGs) specifically created for such purpose and in consultation with relevant stakeholders. The Standards Development Division is also responsible for the harmonization or alignment of the PNS with regional (e.g. ASEAN and APEC) and international standards (e.g. Codex, ISO, IFOAM, etc.), consistent with the Philippines’ obligations and commitment to regional and international trade agreements and cooperation.
Development and harmonization/alignment of PNS with regional and international standards (including organic agriculture and Halal) covering live, fresh/chilled/frozen meat and by-products from food animals (e.g. cattle, swine, goat, sheep, chicken, duck, etc.).
Development and harmonization/alignment of PNS with regional and international standards (including organic agriculture and Halal) covering live, fresh/chilled/frozen finfish, mollusks, crustaceans, echinoderms, marine mammals, and all other species of aquatic flora and fauna and all other products of aquatic living resources in any form (e.g. tuna, shrimp, seaweed, scallop, etc.).
Development and harmonization/alignment of PNS with regional and international standards covering the following:
Machineries. Machinery, tools, and equipment used for the production, harvesting, primary processing, storage, manufacture, transporting, and distribution of agricultural and fishery commodities (e.g. tractors, power tillers, seeders, windmills, harvesting machine, irrigation , postharvest machines, cold storage, reefer vans, etc.); and
Structures. Infrastructures that are constructed and used for agricultural and fishery purposes (e.g. farm-to-market road, cold storage, slaughterhouses, etc.).
Development and harmonization/alignment of PNS with regional and international standards covering general principles, procedures, guidance, and guidelines applicable to the agriculture and fishery sector (e.g. Food Defense Guidance for Industry, Code of Practice for Radiation Processing of Food, Principles and Guidelines for National Food Control System, etc.).