DTI to consult industries on product certification

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THE new secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) wants meetings held with industries and stakeholders to review department policies on products under mandatory certification.

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Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez instructed the DTI’s Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) to conduct meetings with manufacturers on the specifications of product certifications, particularly on sampling, inspection and testing.

BPS will first meet with the industry associations and manufacturers of steel, flat glass and cement on July 11 to 12.

Victorio Mario Dimagiba, undersecretary of DTI’s Consumer Protection Group (CPG), said this will help the DTI and the industries to be clear out about the specifications of product certification to promote transparency and ensure safe products in the market.

This is also in line with the administration’s aim to improve policies and implementation schemes, he said.

“The DTI engages its stakeholders in dialogues to review the implementing guidelines (IGs) relative to inspection, sampling and testing of steel bars, equal-leg angle bars, flat glass, and, cement. As practiced before, we will continue to open our communication lines with the industry sector specifically, and further promote transparency to ensure only safe products in the market,” Dimagiba said.

“Initially, we are discussing with the industries of steel bars, equal-leg angle bars, flat glass, and, cement. Then in the following months, we’ll meet with the industries of other products that are under the BPS Product Certification Scheme. The DTI therefore, expects the industry’s commitment to be involved in this program and be part in improving the policies and implementation of the scheme,” he said.

The dialogues will concern matters about accepting foreign test procedures and test reports, the sampling size of products, as well as the DTI proposal to establish testing facilities within the vicinity of the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

The meeting will also be a platform to discuss the industries’ request to impose strict penalties on manufacturers and importers who fail to comply with the requirements of the Philippine National Standards (PNS), and for them to be present during the sampling activities of products for which a Philippine Standard (PS) license or an Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificate are being applied.

At the end of the consultative meetings, the DTI and industry stakeholders will sign the record of discussions made containing the agreements.

The DTI-BPS has officially distributed the first-come, first-serve invitations to the dialogues to the officials of the manufacturers, importers, and industry associations of steel bars, equal-leg angle bars, flat glass, and cement.

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