Uncertified products lack required PS/ICC markings
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said that more than 21,000 pieces of various uncertified critical products worth P8.15 million have been confiscated from several establishments in the National Capital Region (NCR) in the first six months of the year.
These uncertified products were found in some of the 421 establishments in the NCR when the DTI conducted surveillance and enforcement operations, the DTI said through its Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB).
These establishments distribute and sell products that are under the Philippine National Standards (PNS) list for mandatory certification and are required to be labeled with the Philippine Standard (PS) or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks.
The department regularly checks for certified products in the market that should bear the PS or ICC mark.
“The DTI regulates certain consumer products for reliability and safety. Under the DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards’ (BPS) Product Certification Scheme, the manufacturers, importers and distributors of these products are required to subject the products for inspection and testing prior to distribution and sale in the Philippine market,” said Undersecretary Victorio Mario Dimagiba of the DTI’s Consumer Protection Group (CPG).
DTI-BPS implements the Product Certification Scheme for 72 building and construction, electrical and electronics, chemical and consumer products, which should have the PS or ICC mark for consumers’ guidance.
Among the uncertified products seized were motorcycle helmets, brake fluid, monobloc chairs, lighters, fire extinguishers, automotive batteries, and pneumatic tires from the following establishments: All Shoppe, EverPlus Store, Tonido General Merchandise, Homer General Merchandise, Bike Life Accessories, Balde Asia Inc., Value Plus Auto Service, DFST Trading, RednHaxs Enterprises, EPS Enterprises, Mercury Battery Industries, Inc., Four L’s Corp., Tyrepro Banawe Inc., Jawe Marketing, Kar Motion Tires, Batteries and Accessories, MJM Auto Care Center, LP Herrera Tire Supply, and Trade.com.ph Corp.
Medical grade oxygen cylinders were also inspected for required labels in Medikit Medical Supply, Nemrac Medical & Pharma Supplies, RB Ongteco, Medical Supply, Right Choice Medical Products, Medical Way Enterprise, Avila Medical and Hospital Supplies, CMC Medical and Hospital Supplies, Doctor Medical Supplies, SVJ Medical Supplies and Drugstore, MAC Tycoon Marketing, Bameang Medical, Hospital Equipment Supply Co., Haggai Medical Supplies, K&J Medical Supply, One Shoppe Medical Supplies/Equipment/ Drugstore, Bio-Care Medical Equipment, Approve Medical Supplies, and Sta. Cruz Medical Supplies.
“The DTI confiscated 289 pieces of uncertified medical grade oxygen cylinders and sought assistance from the Department of Health (DOH) on their proper disposal,” Dimagiba said.
The DTI-FTEB had issued notices of violations to these establishments whose products were found to be lacking the required ICC and PS marks. The agency also filed formal charges against them and these respondents are undergoing preliminary conferences.
“The establishments who were found selling critical products without the PS or ICC mark are in violation of the provisions of the Republic Act (RA) 4109 or the Standards Law, as implemented by the Department Administrative Order (DAO) 02:2007 and the Article 77 of R. A. 7394 also known as the Consumer Act. An administrative fine of up to P300,000, depending on the firm’s capitalization, will be imposed on them,” Dimagiba said.
The DTI-FTEB surveyed the branches of major retailers and supermarkets such as Puregold, Ace Hardware, Robinsons Appliances, Toy Kingdom, CD-R King, True Value, SM Appliance Center, SM Hypermarket, Save More, Handyman, and Liana’s Supermarket and Department Store.
The DTI encourages consumers to check on the PS and ICC marks before buying any products of building and construction, electrical and electronics, chemical and consumer products.