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DTI reminds online shopping sites to only sell PS and ICC certified consumer products

The Consumer Protection Group of the Department of Commerce and Industry (DTI-CPG), through the Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS), reminds e-commerce platforms to ensure that all products under the mandatory DTI certification that are offered for sale on their sites must bear the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker. The call was prompted by the growing number of reports and complaints received by the DTI regarding the influx of uncertified products being sold online.

Republic Act 4109 or the Standards Act and RA 7394 or the Consumer Law of the Philippines require the DTI-BPS to implement the Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Licensing Regime of the Philippines. Philippine Standard (PS) and the Imported Goods Clearance Certification (ICC) scheme.

Under these certification systems, mandatory products are not allowed to be distributed in the Philippine market without the necessary PS mark or ICC sticker. Manufacturers and importers of these products are required to obtain the PS license or ICC certificate, respectively, before selling or distributing their products in the country.

The current list contains 87 products falling under mandatory certification systems, which include household appliances such as air conditioners, electric fans and televisions; lighting and wiring devices such as self-ballasted LED lights, circuit breakers, PVC electrical tape and extension cord sets; steel products such as deformed steel bars and equal leg steel angles; plastic pipes and ceramic products such as pipes for drinking water supply and sanitary articles; cement and plywood; chemical products; and automotive-related products such as tires, automotive safety glass, seat belts and child restraint systems (CRS). The complete list of products is accessible via the BPS Standards and Conformance portal, www.bps.dti.gov.ph (Direct link: https://bit.ly/BPSmandatoryList).

Online shopping platforms fall under Section 3.5 of the Departmental Administrative Order (DAO) 2, DTI Series of 2007, which provides that: “Importers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers and those who offer for sale a product covered by mandatory product certification will only sell or offer for sale products that comply with the required Philippine National Standard and the required PS mark, or a valid ICC in the case of imported products . »

“We remind online sellers and e-commerce platform operators in the country to ensure compliance with the requirements of the aforementioned laws, rules and regulations. Failure to comply with the requirements set out in the relevant publications will require the DTI to take the necessary legal action against these vendors,” warns DTI-CPG Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B. Castelo.

The DTI-BPS is the national standards body authorized to promulgate national standards of the Philippines. SSPs are voluntary in nature and may be used as a reference by any interested party. Compliance with the SSP or parts thereof becomes mandatory only when it is used as a reference in technical regulations issued by regulatory authorities such as the DTI.

To learn more about technical standards and regulations relating to product quality and safety, please visit the DTI-BPS website at www.bps.dti.gov.ph or call (02) 7751-4748 and (02) 7791-3126 or email [email protected]. Also follow our official Facebook page to be updated with the latest DTI-BPS news and activities.