DTI is requesting that online shopping sites only sell certified products

The Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) reminds e-commerce platforms to ensure that all products they sell have the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker, according to the Department of Trade and Industry Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG).

Due to an increase in reports and complaints about the influx of uncertified products being sold online, the DTI-BPS issued this reminder.

The DTI-BPS is required by Republic Act (RA) 4109, also known as the “Standards Law,” and Republic Act (RA) 7394, also known as the “Consumer Act of the Philippines,” to implement the PS Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Licensing Scheme and the ICC Certification Scheme.

Mandatory products are not allowed to be distributed in the market without the required PS mark or ICC sticker under these certification schemes. Before selling or distributing their products in the Philippines, manufacturers and importers of these products must obtain a PS License or an ICC certificate, respectively.

The current list includes 87 products that must be certified, including air conditioners, electric fans, and television sets; lighting and wiring devices such as self-ballasted LED lamps, circuit breakers, PVC electrical tapes, and extension cord sets; steel products such as deformed steel bars and equal-leg steel angle bars; plastic pipes and ceramic products such as potable water supply pipes and sanitary wares; and cement. The BPS Standards and Conformance Portal has a complete list of products available.

Online shopping platforms, according to the DTI, are covered by Section 3.5 of the Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2, Series of 2007, which states: “Importers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and those who offer for sale a product covered by mandatory product certification shall sell, or offer for sale only such products that complied with the requisite Philippine National Standard and with the required PS Mark, or with a valid ICC in the case of a product covered by mandatory product certification.”

“We remind online sellers and operators of e-commerce platforms in the country to ensure compliance with the requirements of the aforementioned laws, rules, and regulations. Failure to comply with the requirements set forth in relevant issuances shall constrain the DTI to undertake necessary legal action against these sellers,” warns DTI Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary, Atty. Ruth B. Castelo.

Source: DTI

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