Who we are
The Bureau of Philippine Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-BPS) serves as the National Standards Body (NSB) of the Philippines and is mandated to develop, promulgate, and implement standards for all products in the Philippines, to promote standardization activities in the country and ensure the manufacture, production, and distribution of quality products for the protection of the consumer. The Bureau was created on 20 June 1964 through Republic Act (RA) 4109, known as the Standards Law. Prior to the formal creation of the DTI-BPS, the office was operating as the Division of Standards under the then Bureau of Commerce of the Department of Commerce and Industry (now DTI).
The mandate of RA 4109 is reiterated by RA 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines which declares that it is the duty of the State to develop and provide safety and quality standards for consumer products, including performance or use-oriented standards, codes of practice and methods of tests.
At present, the Bureau is positioned within the administrative ambit of the Consumer Protection Group (CPG) of the DTI, working alongside with the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) and the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB).
Functions and Services
Standards Conformity Division (SCD)
- Establishes consumer product quality and safety technical regulations based on Philippine National Standards (PNS).
- Operates the BPS Product Certification Scheme to regulate the quality and safety of products offered in the Philippine market by implementing the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Licensing Scheme for manufacturers and the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) Certification Scheme for imported products.
- Promulgates rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of the BPS Product Certification Scheme
- Assists in market surveillance and monitoring activities of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Standards Development Division (SDD)
- Develops Philippine National Standards (PNS) for all products of the Philippines for which no standards have as yet been fixed by law, executive order, rules and regulations and which products are not covered by the standardization activities of other government agencies.
- Adopts relevant international standards as Philippine National Standards (PNS).
- Participates in the standardization activities of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
- Recognizes and provides guidance to Standards Development Organizations (SDO) to streamline all standards development activities in the country.
Product Testing Division (PTD)
- Serves as a BPS-Recognized product testing facility where importers may have their sample product assessed in compliance to the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) Certification Scheme.
- Provides support to standards development by extending their services for developmental tests on products for which standards are being developed/formulated.
Standards Mainstreaming Division (SMD)
- Maintains the Standards Data Center (SDC) which serves as the Official Repository of Philippine National Standards (PNS).
- Functions as the National Enquiry Point (NEP) and the National Notification Authority (NNA) for the World Trade Organization to carry out the Philippines’ obligations on transparency under the WTO - Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT) Agreement.
- Maintains and updates the Standards and Conformance Portal Website and Social Media Accounts.
- Coordinates the participation of the Philippines to the programs and events of the ASEAN-ACCSQ; APEC-SCSC and other bilateral or multilateral engagements.
- Promotes the BPS' programs and services through information campaign activities and the media.