The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), through its Metallurgical Technology Division, has expressed support for the Philippine jewelry industry’s move to attain compliance with the standards prescribed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
MGB said it is ready to provide the technical know-how on the analysis and identification of precious metals, alloying elements related to jewelry production, and the safe and environmentally sound extraction of these precious metals for the industry’s utilization.
The MGB is an active member of the multipartite Technical Committee on Jewelry (BPS/TC 54) created by the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with the prime objective of standardizing the Philippine jewelry industry in compliance with the ISO.
Its task is to evaluate several Philippine National Standards (PNS) related to the jewelry industry following ISO standards.
MGD said a draft PNS for diamonds is undergoing final review by the BPS/TC 54 members and is expected to be completed by year-end.
The BPS/TC 54 is composed of representatives from the local jewelry industry associations thru the Meycauayan Jewellers Industry Association; government agencies like the Board of Investments, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Industrial Technology Development Institute, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; consumer organizations thru the National Association of Consumers, Inc.; technical/vocational institution thru the Meycauayan Jewelry-Making Training Center; and testing laboratories like the MGB and Metals Industry Research and Development Center.
According to the BPS, the PNS are documents established for a specific item by consensus of technical committees whose membership is carefully chosen by DTI-BPS from its stakeholders.
It provides the rules, guidelines or characteristics of a product or service and makes the development, manufacturing and supply of products and services more efficient, safer and cleaner.
At present, 16 of the 22 existing jewelry-related PNS are already in conformity with the different ISO classifications in which they are categorized.
These categories include numbering system, jewelry sizes, colors of precious metals, and types of alloying elements and coatings, which are adapted in order to correlate local terminologies with international industry nomenclature.