Trade department adds 14 products for mandatory certification

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Product Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently added 14 household appliances for mandatory certification and testing before they are distributed and sold in the market.

Recently, DTI issued Department Administrative Order No. 18-03 or the Mandatory Philippine National Standards (PNS) for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances which added 14 products that needed regulation prior to its distribution and sale in the market.

These include spin extractors, fully-automatic washing machines, electric grills, electric ovens, turbo broilers, induction cookers, electric juicers, electric food mixers, electric food processors, electric kettles, electric pressure cookers, electric slow cookers, electric multi-cookers, and inverter air-conditioners.

“The DAO 18-03 on the mandatory certification of Philippine National Standards (PNS) declare the products under these standards to go through the process of testing and verification. This will ensure that only safe and quality household and similar electrical appliances are in sold in the country,” said DTI-Central Luzon Director Judith Angeles in a statement.

Angeles said that under the order, a manufacturer’s in-plant testing must be able to conduct test parameters as prescribed by the relevant PNS using its own inspection, measuring and, test equipment.

But for independent testing, Angeles said that samples must be tested at 230 V a.c., 60Hz and should comply with the requirements of the relevant standards by a BPS recognized testing laboratory.

To ensure that products have been inspected for quality and compliance with standards, Angeles reminded consumers to look for the Philippine Standards mark when buying locally manufactured household appliances while imported mandatory products should bear the Import Commodity Clearance hologram mark with the corresponding serial number provided by the Bureau of Product Standards.

Consumers are advised to visit the Bureau of Product Standards website bps.dti.gov.ph to check which products are required for mandatory certification. The website also contains the list of companies with PS and ICC mark licenses.
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