Guidelines for Accreditation of Cold Storage Warehouse (CSW) for Agricultural Plants and Plant Products
BPI Administrative Order No. 001-12

March 27, 2012


SUBJECT : Guidelines for Accreditation of Cold Storage Warehouse (CSW) for Agricultural Plants and Plant Products

WHEREAS, under Article 5 (Declaration of Policy) of the

WHEREAS, Article 7 of the

WHEREAS, while the cold storage industry is continuing to grow rapidly in the Philippines, however, only the accreditation for the handling and maintenance of frozen meat and meat products throughout the cold chain had been established;

WHEREAS, cold storage facilities are likewise required for the handling, maintenance and preservation of fruits, vegetables, other plant products, eggs and milk and other milk products;

WHEREAS, a centralized and harmonized system for the accreditation of cold storage facilities for fruits, vegetables and other plant products shall be established;

WHEREAS, the accreditation of cold storage facilities will enable the Department to determine post-harvest problems and regulate the operation of cold storage facilities to effectively maintain the quality and safety of agricultural plant products, with due regard to humidity needs or product compatibility; TCDcSE

WHEREAS, the DA requires that all agricultural products that needs to be stored in Cold Storage Warehouse (CSW) can only be traded if and when these are stored in an accredited and compliant CSW;

WHEREAS, the Department shall work hand in hand with the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines, Inc., a multisectoral group of companies and other professional organizations in the Philippines with the primary mission to organize the different industry sectors participating in the supply chain of both chilled and/or frozen food products and other groups operating temperature controlled product storage or distribution, for the efficient consultation, drafting and implementation of this Administrative Order, in accordance with Section 7 of the

NOW THEREFORE, I CLARITO M. BARRON, Director of the Bureau of Plant Industry, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby issue this Administrative Order on the Guidelines for Accreditation of CSW for Plants and Plant Products.



This order covers the guidelines on mandatory accreditation of Cold Storage Warehouse (CSW) for agricultural plants and plant products nationwide. CSW shall include but is not limited to the following:

1.1 Cold storage warehouse for:

1.1.1 Fruits

1.1.2 Vegetables

1.1.3 Other plant products

1.1.4 Animal feeds of plant origin.

1.2 Reefer van/container van/plug-in facilities for reefer van storing plants and plant products.



The objectives of this Order are hereby enumerated:

1. To support the adoption of food safety risk analysis program of the Department of Agriculture, which is an essential tool of an effective food safety management;

2. To have a functioning traceability system that will provide adequate information on product condition and ensure fast tracking and recovery of affected lot found not in conformity with the established food safety standards.

3. To increase confidence among the regulators, industry and consumers that the measure for the cold storage of agricultural and fisheries products for local market and export are appropriate, in place and effective to control food safety hazards.


Definition of Terms

For the purpose of these guidelines, the following terms and phrases shall mean:

3.1 Food fruits and vegetables, eggs, butter, fresh animal flesh and fresh products there-from, and fresh fish and fishery products and fowl flesh, which are stored in a cold-storage warehouse;

3.2 Food-borne hazard any biological, chemical or physical agent in, or condition of food, with the potential to cause an adverse effect on human health; aIcDCT

3.3 Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) a preventive food safety management system which identifies, evaluates and controls the hazards which are significant to food safety. A HACCP Plan is a company's written document delineating the procedures to be followed to demonstrate the application of seven principles of HACCP to ensure food safety;

3.4 Risk Analysis a systematic, disciplined approach for making food safety decisions, which includes three major components: risk assessment, risk management and risk communication. It is a powerful tool for carrying out science-based analysis for reaching out sound, consistent solutions to food safety problems;

3.5 Traceability the ability to follow the movement of food through specified stage(s) of production, processing, storage and distribution.


Requirements for Accreditation and Renewal

4.1 Application for Accreditation

4.1.1 The cold storages are required to comply with the following: Duly accomplished and verified Application Form Evaluation report and copy of the accomplished evaluation criteria Floor Plan/Layout showing all storage rooms and other facilities for Specific products. Recent photographs of the inner and outer portions of the CSW Documentary requirements

a. Business Permit (City/Municipal Government)

b. Environment Compliance Certificate/Certificate of Non-Coverage (DENR)

c. Permit to Operate/Exemption Certificate (DENR)

d. Photocopy of Business Registration DTI/SEC

e. Sanitary Permit/Letter of Approval of Water Source and Potability (Deep well) - (DOH + NWRB) Reliable recording system for readily available information Rated capacity List of clientele for the last two (2) years, where applicable

4.2 Renewal of Accreditation

4.2.1 Cold storage applying for renewal of accreditation is required to comply with the following: SIcCEA Duly accomplished and verified Application Form Evaluation report and copy of the accomplished evaluation criteria Updated documentary requirements, namely:

a. Business Permit

b. Permit to Operate/Exemption Certificate DENR (waste disposal/treatment facilities)

c. Sanitary Permit/Letter of Approval of Waste Source and Potability (Deep well) - (DOH + NWRB) Photographs of additional facilities/improvements, if any List of clientele for the last two (2) years, where applicable


Audit and Assessment

5.1 The Conduct of Audit and Assessment:

5.1.1 The CCSWA shall evaluate the reports submitted by all CAs. The audit and assessment shall be conducted by authorized, experienced and trained inspectors of the CA concerned following their established guidelines and procedure for the inspection/assessment/audit of cold storage.

5.1.2 The CCSWA shall indorse the submitted documents, as well as the report on the result of the audit and assessment simultaneously, to the CSWCT Chairman, copy furnished all CAs.


Issuance of Certificate of Accreditation

6.1 The following procedure shall be strictly observed in the accreditation/renewal of accreditation of CSW:

6.1.1 Application for Accreditation/Renewal of Accreditation Submission of duly accomplished Application Form (in duplicate) to the CA responsible for the bulk of goods being stored/to be stored by a CSW.

6.1.2 Schedule of Fees Payment of fees shall be imposed by the respective CA, where applicable. HCTEDa

6.1.3 Inspection and Evaluation of CSW

All CSW applying for accreditation/renewal of accreditation shall undergo inspection and evaluation using the accreditation criteria for CSW to ensure compliance with all the requirements and to determine the classification of the CSW applying for accreditation. If documentary requirements are complete, the CA shall conduct the inspection and evaluation of the CSW and make indorsements to the other agencies for them to conduct separate inspection and evaluation thereon.

6.1.4 Submission of Reports to the CA: Each CA shall prepare their respective inspection and evaluation reports and submit the same to the CSWCT, which shall be referred to the CCSWA for further review and evaluation.

6.1.5 Issuance of a Certificate of Accreditation or letter of disapproval: A Certificate of Accreditation shall be issued by the CSWCT Chairman to the CSW that meets the requirements. However, if there are comments/objection from any of the CAs involved, it shall be referred to the CCSWA for further study and recommendations of the CSWCT Chairman. The CSWCT Chairman shall decide whether or not to grant or deny the application. The Certificate shall indicate the types of products approved to be stored/kept in the CSW. The validity period of the Certificate of Accreditation shall be for two (2) years unless revoked earlier. The CA shall have the authority to conduct regular inspection on CSWs. The CSWs which intend to add other products, other than those indicated in the Certificate of Accreditation, may seek its accreditation through the regular process, for which an Addendum shall be issued by the CSWCT Chairman, provided that the same will follow the expiration date indicated in the initially issued Certificate of Accreditation.


Renewal of Accreditation

7.1 Renewal of Accreditation

7.1.1 The application for renewal of accreditation shall be submitted to the concerned CA sixty (60) days prior to the expiry date specified in the Certificate of Accreditation to be renewed and shall follow the procedure for Accreditation in the preceding section.

7.1.2 The expiry date of the certificate of newly accredited CSW shall be on the following year falling on the date of issuance unless revoked earlier. Likewise, the expiry date of the CSW with a renewed accreditation shall always follow the expiry date of the initial accreditation. An application submitted to the regional office a day after the expiry date and likewise those with incomplete requirements shall be considered filed out of time. cSIACD

7.1.3 The CSW granted with provisional accreditation shall automatically expire on the specified date, unless granted an extension after compliance with the recommended improvements.

7.1.4 CSW that needs renovation and/or provision of appropriate equipment and facilities must be complied first before endorsement to the CSWCT.

7.1.5 Failure to conform to the needed renovation and/or provision of equipment and facilities shall result to the downgrading of its classification of the pendency of the application for accreditation.

7.1.6 Failure to renew its Certificate of Accreditation on the specified date shall result in automatic revocation of its accreditation.

7.1.7 The CSW shall consistently follow the procedure for the issuance of a Certificate of Accreditation found in this Order.


Responsibilities of the Cold Storage Operators

8.1 The cold storage operators and the accredited CSW shall comply with the terms and conditions of the CAs issuance of a Certificate of Accreditation.

8.1.1 The cold storage operators shall: Fully cooperated with the BPI in the implementation of this Order. Support the traceability system for food products being advocated by the Department of Agriculture. Allow duly authorized officers/inspectors of the BPI to enter and inspect the CSW premises during reasonable hours and conditions. Allow the verification and evaluation of relevant records or documents. Provide assistance as may be needed to enable the control authority to conduct inspection and testing efficiently and effectively. Communicate immediately with the BPI for any technical problems that may arise. Not allow the unloading of imported products for storage therein in the absence of a BPI representative.



9.1 The BPI shall implement the provisions of this Order.

9.2 The BPI shall supervise the unloading of imported products for storage in accredited CSW. HCaIDS


Functions of the DA-BPI Composite Team (CSWCT)

10.1 The CCSWA shall:

10.1.1 Evaluate the reports submitted by all concerned agencies and conduct audit and assessment of the CSW by its representatives.

10.1.2 Indorse the submitted documents as well as the report on the result of the audit and assessment to the CSWCT.

10.2 The CSWCT shall:

10.2.1 Review all documents submitted by CCSWA and make recommendations to the CSWCT Chairman.

10.2.2 CSWCT Chairman shall issue the Certificate of Accreditation or letter of disapproval of Accreditation as the case may be.

10.2.3 Investigate and recommend to the DA Secretary appropriate actions/penalties for violations of this AO.

10.2.4 Provide Forum to address issues arising from the implementation of this Order.

10.2.5 Maintain a list of accredited CSWs and non-compliant and/or non-accredited CSW and monitor regularly.


Repealing Clause

The provisions of existing Memorandum Circulars, Administrative Order, other issuances or parts thereof that are inconsistent with the provisions of this Order are hereby modified, revoked or repealed accordingly.


Penalty Provision

All persons, firms or corporations found guilty of directly or indirectly violating any provision of this Order shall be penalized under all existing relevant laws, which shall have suppletory application to this Order.


Compliance Period

All CSWs shall submit their application forms within sixty (60) days after the effectivity of this BPI AO.



This BPI Administrative Order shall take effect fifteen (15) days after publication in two newspapers of general circulation, the Official Gazette and filing a copy at the UP Law Center. HTaSEA

Manila. March 27, 2012.

Recommended by:

Chief, Plant Quarantine Service


Bureau of Plant Industry