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Full Title 2018 ASEAN Sectoral Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Inspection and Certification Systems on Food Hygiene for Prepared Foodstuff Products
Short Title / Abbreviations Sectoral MRA for Prepared Foodstuff Products
CIL Subject Classification
Date of Adoption 27/04/2018
Place of Adoption Singapore, 50th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting
Dispute Settlement


  1. Member States shall at all times endeavour to agree on the interpretation or implementation of this Sectoral MRA and shall make every attempt through communication, dialogue, consultation and cooperation to arrive at a mutually satisfactory resolution of any matter that might affect the implementation of this Sectoral MRA.
  2. The ASEAN Protocol on Enhanced Dispute Settlement Mechanism, signed on 29 November 2004 in Vientiane, Lao PDR and amendments thereto, shall apply to disputes concerning the interpretation or implementation of any of the provisions of this Sectoral MRA."
Depository Secretary-General of ASEAN

Annexes ASEAN Common Food Control Requirements

Annex 1: ASEAN Principles and Guidelines for National Food Control Systems 

Annex 2:  ASEAN General Principles of Food Hygiene

Annex 3: ASEAN Principles for Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification

Annex 4: ASEAN Guidelines for the Design, Operation, Assessment and Accreditation of Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems

Annex 5: ASEAN Guidelines for Food Import Control Systems

Annex 6: Guidelines for the Exchange of Information Between Countries on Rejections of Imported Food 

Entry Into Force Status In Force
Date of Entry into Force 27/04/2018
Entry into Force/Termination Provisions

Article 17.7: "This Sectoral MRA shall enter into force on the date of its signature."

ASEAN States (Source: ASEAN Legal Instruments  )
Brunei Darussalam
Related Instruments
Related Instruments

1998 ASEAN Framework Agreement on Mutual Recognition Arrangements

2009 ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement

2016 The ASEAN Food Safety Regulatory Framework

WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade

WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures


Prepared By CSW on 09/01/2019