The Department of Trade and Industry’s Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG), through the Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS), reminds online platforms, including its sellers, merchants, or e-retailers to ensure that all products under the DTI mandatory certification that are offered for sale in their sites should bear the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker.
In response to the proliferation of prohibited and regulated products sold on marketplace platforms and social media marketplaces, the DTI, Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Intellectual Property of the Philippines (IPOPHL), and National Privacy Commission (NPC) recently issued Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 22-01 consolidating all existing rules and guidelines on online businesses. The JAO adopted the ASEAN Online Business Code of Conduct to ensure that merchants are aware of their responsibilities to consumers.
"Laws that apply to brick and mortar stores also apply to online businesses. Hence, we remind online platforms, including its sellers, merchants, or e-retailers in the country to ensure compliance with the requirements of applicable laws, rules, and regulations as consolidated in JAO 22-01. Failure to comply with the requirements set forth in relevant issuances shall constrain the DTI and other concerned government agencies to undertake necessary legal action against these sellers," warns DTI Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary, Atty. Ruth B. Castelo.
Section 6 of JAO No. 22-01 reminds online businesses to comply with Republic Act (RA) No. 4109 or the Standards Law including all Department Administrative Orders issued by DTI, particularly Technical Regulations issued to ensure and certify product quality and safety. Currently, there are 87 products under the BPS Mandatory Certification Schemes which includes household appliances such as 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 pipes for potable water supply and ceramic plumbing fixtures; cement and plywood; chemical products; and automotive related products such as pneumatic tires, automotive safety glass, seat belts, and child restraint systems (CRS). The complete list of products may be accessed through the BPS Standards and Conformance Portal, www.bps.dti.gov.ph (Direct Link: https://bit.ly/BPSmandatoryList).
The DTI-BPS implements the PS Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Licensing Scheme and the ICC Certification Scheme. Under these certification schemes, mandatory products are not allowed to be distributed in the Philippine market without the necessary PS mark or ICC sticker. Manufacturers and importers of these products are required to secure the PS License or the ICC certificate, respectively, prior to selling or distribution of their products in the country.
Moreover, the DTI warns the public to beware of fake PS mark and ICC stickers sold online or in physical stores. Only the DTI-BPS has the sole authority to issue PS License and ICC stickers. If uncertain, the public may contact the DTI-BPS through its Facebook page and official contact numbers. Meanwhile, to check if the ICC stickers affixed on regulated products are authentic, the public may use the ICC Mobile Verification System App downloadable from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
The DTI-BPS is the National Standards Body authorized to promulgate Philippine National Standards (PNS). Compliance to PNS is voluntary in nature and may be used as reference by any interested parties, unless a Technical Regulation or Department Administrative Order is issued for a specific product where conformance to PNS or parts thereof becomes mandatory.