The Australian Fumigation Accreditation Scheme (AFAS) is a bilateral arrangement between the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (the department) and participating overseas government agencies. AFAS manages the high biosecurity risk posed by ineffective methyl bromide (MB) treatments performed offshore.
Treatment providers registered under AFAS are trained in AFAS requirements and undergo regular compliance assessments. This provides increased confidence in the pre-export MB treatment conducted on goods imported into Australia.
The benefit of joining AFAS for participating countries is:
- provision of capacity-building assistance to overseas regulatory officers, in respect to registering, monitoring and auditing fumigation companies
- improving the technical expertise of overseas fumigators and regulatory officers by providing world's best practice methyl bromide fumigation training
- assist fumigators to maintain a high standard of fumigation performance and compliance with departmental requirements.
|Country||Implementation date||Contact details|
|Cambodia||April 2020||Cambodian General Directorate of Agriculture
Dr Ny Vuthy
|Fiji||August 2015||Biosecurity Authority of Fiji
Ronald R Prasad
Team Leader – Trade Facilitation & Compliance
Phone: +679 3 312 512
|India||September 2006||Plant Quarantine Division Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage
Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare
Dr. S. Gnanasambandan
Joint Director (PQ)
|Indonesia||June 2004||Center for Plant Quarantine and Biosafety,
Indonesia Agricultural Quarantine Agency
Ms. Aprida Cristin
|Lao PDR||September 2017||Plant Quarantine Division
Department of Agriculture
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Mrs Thatsanaly Saphangthong
Phone: +856 21 452 649
|Malaysia||December 2005||Crop Protection and Plant Quarantine Division
Department of Agriculture
Mr Mohd Ridzuan Bin Ismail
Phone: +60 3 2030 1405
Mr Abdullah Fauzi Bin Samsuddin
Phone: +60 3 2030 1412
|Papua New Guinea||November 2008||National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority
Mr Alphonse K Bannick
Phone: +67 5 311 2100 / +67 5 7100 3391
|Peru||October 2014||Specialist, Plant Quarantine Section, Plant Health Division
Ministry of Agriculture
Mr Jose Luis Diaz Zevallos
Phone: +5151 (511)313 3300 2041
|Philippines||December 2008||Republic of the Philippines, Bureau of Plant Industry
BPI AFAS Secretariat
Phone: +63 2 525 7909 / +63 2 404 0409
|Sri Lanka||June 2012||National Plant Quarantine Service Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka
Mrs Ihalagedara (Karuna) Warshamana
Phone: +941 122 52028 / +941 122 52029
|Thailand||March 2022||Department of Agriculture, Thailand
Mr Chaisak Ringluen
Phone: +66 85 826 3561
Mr Weerayuth Boonrod
Phone: +66 614 169 593
|Vietnam||April 2011||Department of Plant Protection, Vietnam
Dr Hoang Trung
Phone: +84 4 3533 4813
Mr Nguyen Quang Hieu
Phone: +84 4 3851 8192
Treatment providers registered and listed as approved on the List of treatment providers have met the minimum registration and compliance requirements.
Treatment providers in participating AFAS countries must:
- comply with the requirements of AFAS
- have an AFAS-accredited treatment provider performing methyl bromide treatments on goods imported into Australia
- ensure the treatment complies with import conditions and the methyl bromide fumigation methodology.
Approved treatment providers can be found on the Offshore Treatment Providers page.
If a treatment provider is suspended from other assurance schemes managed by the department, they will also be suspended from AFAS.
Treatments conducted by AFAS treatment providers must comply with our import requirements and the methyl bromide fumigation methodology.
Treatment requirements can be found in our Methyl Bromide Fumigation Methodology.
Useful information and links
AFAS treatment providers who intend to conduct BMSB treatments for goods that are manufactured in or shipped from any of the target risk countries are encouraged to lodge their treatment certificates in the certificate lodgement portal. If you require access to the certificate lodgement portal, please contact the Offshore Treatments Team.
If you have any questions about the Australian Fumigation Accreditation Scheme, email the Offshore Treatments team.