FTEB enforced standards for construction materials

The Department of Trade and Industry’s Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (DTI-FTEB) strengthened its enforcement activities for construction materials last week and inspected 50 hardware stores in Quezon City, Caloocan City, Parañaque City, and Muntinlupa City of the National Capital Region (NCR).

The DTI-FTEB enforcement teams inspected and verified on the required labels of certain construction materials that are under the List of Philippine National Standards (PNS) for mandatory product certification of the DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS). These construction materials include Black iron (BI) and galvanized iron (GI) steel pipe; Portland cement; Pozzolan cement; Deformed steel bar; Equal-leg angle bar; Polybutylene (PB) pipe; Polyethylene (PE) pipe for potable water supply; Unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) pipe for potable water supply; PVC rigid electrical conduit; PVC-U pipe for drain waste and vent; Rerolled steel bar; Sanitary ware; and, Low-carbon steel wire.

MSMEs urged to follow int’l standards

The Department of Trade and Industry’s Industry Promotion Group (DTI-IPG) urged micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to follow international product standards to break into the global market – in a seminar conducted under the Negosyo, Konsyumer, at iba pa (NKATBP) event held in Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City last June 11.

Participated in by over 200 MSMEs, exporters, would-be exporters, entrepreneurs including local startups and innovators, government trade promotions and business development officers, the seminar dubbed as “Catapulting New Business for the Global Market” held various discussions on how to drive businesses into the growing global market and how government programs and initiatives can assist in finding the right market for their products and services.

The IPG, composed of the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC), Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC), Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), and the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), takes the lead in developing and implementing programs and activities that promote the Philippines and local entrepreneurs’ products and services in the domestic and international market.

IEC National Committee to be created

The Department of Trade and Industry- Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) has undertaken a Stakeholders’ Consultation Meeting on the Draft Department Administrative Order (DAO) for the creation of the Philippine’s International Electrotechnical Commission National Committee (IEC-NC) last 13 May 2016 at the Board of Investment’s (BOI) Audio Visual Room of the Investments Building at 385 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.

The consultation meeting gathered comments on the said draft DAO from BPS Technical Committees (TC) and the Philippines’ electronic sector.

Through the draft DAO, the DTI-BPS aims to ensure proper Philippine government and private sector representations in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) that takes the lead as the international standards-setting body for international standards and conformity assessment procedures on electrotechnical products and services.

The participants in the consultation meeting were asked to finalize their comments for BPS’ consideration. The Draft order was circulated last 08 April 2016.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a non-profit organization, non-governmental organization that publishes consensus-based International Standards (IS) that manages conformity assessment systems for electric and electronic products, systems and services collectively known as electrotechnology. IEC publications serve as basis for country standardization activities and facilitate world trade by providing common standards for use of its members.

PAB launches 2 new accreditation schemes

The Department of Trade and Industry’s-Philippine Accreditation Bureau (DTI-PAB) is launching its accreditation schemes for Information Security Management System and Energy Management System. These new accreditation schemes were approved by the PAB Council during its 7th Meeting last 26th April 2016 for PAB’s implementation.

The Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) Certification Scheme is based on the ISO 27000 family of standards which help organisations ensure that their information is securely managed. Interested Certification Bodies need to comply first with the ISO/IEC 27006:2015 – Information technology – Security techniques – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of information security management systems.

On the other hand, the Energy Management Systems (EnMS) Scheme is based on ISO 50001:2011 a standard which helps organisations improve their energy performance, increase energy efficiency and reduce climate change impacts. ISO 50001 is aligned with other management systems standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, allowing organisations to easily integrate systems. Interested Certification Bodies need to comply first with the ISO 50003:2014 – Energy management systems – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems.

Being management systems schemes, it is also a prerequisite for applicant Certification Bodies for ISMS and EnMS to comply with ISO/IEC 17021– Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.

The two (2) new schemes will be formally launched during the World Accreditation Day on June 09, 2016.