Manufacturers told to comply quality standards on school supplies-A A +A
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
MANILA -- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said her agency will intensify its price monitoring scheme while ensuring compliance of manufacturers and importers with specific quality standards and labeling requirements on school supplies.
The government currently follows the Philippine National Standards (PNS) for school supplies and paper products such as crayons, pencils, erasers, ball point pens, and notebook, which specify the classification, physical and chemical properties, performance and labeling of a product.
Under the rules, crayons should be classified as regular or jumbo, should not easily break or bend on certain pressure and temperature, and should be labeled as “non-toxic” to signify that its chemical contents meet the allowed toxicity level of the standard.
Required markings in the product must include the name and address of manufacturer, trade or brand name, type or size, country of manufacture, quantity, toxicity warning and instruction for use.
Other specific markings are the weight and number of leaves for notebooks and school pads, hardness symbol for lead pencils, and tip classification for ball point pens.
Maglaya warned that non-compliance of manufacturers, importers and retailers to the standard and labeling requirements is a violation of the Republic Act 7394 or Consumer Act of the Philippines and the Standards Law.
Erring firms shall face administrative charges, which includes a maximum fine of P300,000 per violation, the DTI said. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)