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DTI proposes mandatory certification for glass products

DTI proposes mandatory certification for glass products

The Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) has proposed a new administrative order on the mandatory product certification of locally manufactured or imported glass products.

The draft DAO aims to strictly ensure that glass products meet the specified safety and/or quality requirement/s as prescribed by relevant Philippine National Standards (PNS). This draft document provides the New Technical Regulations Concerning the Mandatory Product Certification of flat glass, heat-strengthened and fully tempered flat glass, laminated glass and laminated safety glass in building, and bent glass.

Under the proposed DAO, only glass products sourced from glass manufacturers holding a valid Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Mark License(s) shall be allowed to be distributed in the country. For the application of a foreign-based manufacturer, its local branch or representative duly registered in accordance with Philippine laws must file the application on its behalf.

“Similar to the policies issued by the DTI concerning the cement and steel products, the department allows importers of glass products to avail pre-shipment inspection and testing from the country of origin to facilitate the verification process subject to inspection, sampling and conduct of critical testing. This promotes the ease of doing business without sacrificing the safety of our consumers,” DTI-Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B. Castelo emphasized.

The draft DAO also states that to ensure that the imported glass was sourced from a PS licensed manufacturer and consistently conforms to the requirements of the standards, the importer shall apply for a Statement of Conformation (SOC) on a per product, per shipment, per Bill of Lading basis.

The DTI-BPS subjects 74 critical products and systems on list of products under the mandatory certification scheme that include electrical and electronic products, mechanical, building and construction materials, and, chemical and consumer products.

Under the DTI-BPS Product Certification, manufacturers and importers shall secure a PS license prior to the sale and distribution of their products in the market. When a manufacturer or importer complies with the process and product requirements, only then that the BPS issues the PS mark for the sale of the product.

DTI-BPS Director Engr. James E. Empeño stressed, “Given that there is an increase in the number of building constructions and repairs, it is only necessary for the department to address the safety, quality as well as traceability concerns of glass products that are sold in the market by once again proposing the mandatory certification of glass products.”

In 2015, the DTI issued DAO 15-01 or the Measures to Facilitate the Issuance of the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) delisting several critical products from the list of products covered by the mandatory certification. Delisted from the list are ceramic tiles, plywood, common nails, GI sheets and flat glass. However, manufacturers and importers of said products must still comply with the mandatory markings and labeling requirements.

The BPS conducted the public consultation on the proposed DAO on glass products last 04 December 2018 at the 5F, Center Conference Room, Trade and Industry Building, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City. Importers, Manufacturers, representatives from the industry associations and federations, and, members of the testing institutions, participated in the discussions.

The DTI-BPS received comments, suggestions, and inputs on the draft DAO from stakeholders until 21 December 2018.

A copy of the draft DAO is available at the BPS Standards and Conformance portal (www.bps.dti.gov.ph). For more information and concerns, call BPS at (02) 751.4720 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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