The formulation of the standard for Copra was an offshoot of the request of the
Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries
Product Standards (BAFPS). This standard provides guidance consistent to the
stringent requirements of developed countries especially in the European Union
which is the major importer of Philippine coconut products.
The Philippine National Standard (PNS) for Copra was prepared by the Technical
Working Group (TWG) created per Special Order No. 257 series of 2008. Prior to
development of this standard, series of technical reviews and public consultations
were conducted to gather inputs from different copra stakeholders. The draft
standard was presented in the identified major copra producing/trading/processing
areas particularly in Regions 11, 10 and Region 4B in collaboration with the coconut
industry and the regional field offices of the PCA and the Department of Agriculture.
The PNS for Copra aims to provide common understanding on the scope of the
standard, classification, tolerances, methods of sampling and analyses, packaging
and labeling requirements, contaminants and hygiene.