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DTI extends transition period for appliance industry

DTI extends transition period for appliance industry

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) extends the period of transition for manufacturers, importers, and distributors of home appliances to comply with the Department Administrative Order (DAO) 18-03 through the issuance of Memorandum Circular (MC) 18-08:2018 or the Extending the Period of Transition Provided Under DAO 18-03:2018.

The MC 18-08 states that the products specified in DAO 18-03:2018 shall be required to undergo the mandatory product certification procedures for Philippine Standard (PS) mark license or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) Certificate beginning 25 August 2019. All products distributed or offered for sale in the market shall bear a valid PS mark or ICC stickers starting 01 January 2020.

The DAO 18-03 or the Mandatory Philippine National Standards (PNS) for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances declares the updating of 12 standards for mandatory certification. Thus, the DTI through its Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) adds 14 products to its list of products and systems under the mandatory certification scheme. Through DAO 18-03, the DTI-BPS includes the following household and similar electrical appliances to its list of regulated products prior to its distribution and sale in the market: spin extractor, fully-automatic washing machine, electric grill, electric oven, turbo broiler, induction cooker, electric juicer, electric food mixer, electric food processor, electric kettle, electric pressure cooker, electric slow cooker, electric multi-cooker, and inverter air conditioner.

“The DTI has taken into account that these products are some of the most commonly used household appliances that may pose danger to consumers. To ensure compliance, the Department provides more time to take the necessary preparations before the department order takes effect,” DTI- Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B. Castelo underscored.

Signed last 29 January 2018, the DAO 18-03 was made effective on 25 February 2018 and specifies the mandatory certification and enforcement activities of included products by 25 August 2018 and 25 August 2019, respectively.

DTI-BPS Director-in-Charge Engr. James Empeño affirmed, “While we have extended the period of transition provided under DAO 18-03:2018, we still encourage manufacturers and importers to take advantage and apply for voluntary certification of these products before the mandatory certification procedures take effect.”

Signed last 06 July 2018, the DTI MC 18-08:2018 or the Extending the Period of Transition Provided Under DAO 18-03:2018 takes effect 15 days after its publication in a national newspaper of general circulation.

The DTI published the said MC in the ­Manila Standard last 27 July 2018.

For a copy of the Memorandum Circular 18-08:2018, visit the BPS Standards and Conformance Portal at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more info on the said MC, call BPS at (02) 751.4724.
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