DAVAO CITY — The Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) issued a Memorandum Circular to clarify the proper use of the Philippine Standard (PS) mark and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers on products under mandatory certification.
The BPS disseminated Memorandum Circular 16-04 or the Clarificatory Policy on the Use and Monitoring of the Product Certification Marks prescribed by the Department Administrative Order (DAO) 04:2008 (“The New Rules and Regulations Concerning the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Scheme of the Bureau of Philippine Standard”) and DAO 05:2008 (“The New Rules and Regulations Concerning the Issuance of the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) under the Product Certification Mark Scheme of the Bureau of Philippine Standards”).
The office also noted of their Implementing Guidelines to address concerns of manufacturers, importers and traders on the use of the prescribed PS Mark logo and on the location where to affix the ICC stickers. This took effect on December 22, 2016.
The Circular specifies that the PS mark or ICC sticker should be placed, as a general rule on the product itself, except if the mark/sticker is not practicable affixing to the product, e.g. ballast, self-ballasted lamps, single/double capped fluorescent lamps, incandescent lamps, circuit breakers, electrical tapes, wires, cables and flat cords; and if affixing the sticker to the product will cause damage to its original packaging such as on television set, air conditioning unit, refrigerator and microwave oven.
If the product is affixed on the packaging, the
importers, distributors, dealers, traders or retailers shall ensure that the box/package of the displayed unit is available for verification by DTI monitors/enforcers.
During the conduct of monitoring and enforcement activities, the DTI monitors/enforcers shall be given access to the stock room or store warehouse to verify that all remaining originally packed inventories bear the corresponding PS mark or ICC sticker.
Failure of the importer, distributors, dealers, traders or retailers to present the appropriate product’s box/package, the Circular cites that it shall be construed as a violation of the provisions and be dealt with in accordance with the established rules and policies.
Meanwhile, the correct design of the PS Mark, including the license number, is prescribed in Annex C of the IRR of DAO 04:2008. The PS license number shall be part of the PS mark indicated at the bottom of the said mark.
More importantly, this Circular will benefit the consumers. Considering that the industry has been clarified on the issue of where to place the PS and ICC marks on a certified product, it will be easier for consumers to locate these marks thus, are assured of their safety,” DTI -BPS officer-in-charge Lawyer Marimel D. Porciuncula emphasizes.
“With this Circular out, DTI’s monitoring and enforcement activities will be intensified in the fight against the proliferation of non-conforming products in the market, ensuring that the BPS’ mandatory products are safe for all consumers,” DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi pointed out.
A copy of the Memorandum Circular can be accessed from the BPS portal at www.bps.dti.gov.ph. For more info on the said circular and other consumer-related concerns, anyone may visit DTI-Davao Regional Office at 4F Mintrade Realty Building, corner Monteverde and Sales Streets, Davao City. They may also call landline number (082) 224-0511, local 417 and 420 (Consumer Protection Services Division). (DTI-11/WDG/jmm)
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