Thursday, December 26, 2013

Use only certified firecrackers: DTI


“Fireworks, firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices by nature are not safe. But we can lessen the risk by choosing the right brands. We strongly encourage the public to purchase only DTI-Certified fireworks,” states DTI- Bureau of Product Standards (DTI-BPS) Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Engr. Gerardo Maglalang.
Under the BPS Product Certification Scheme, manufacturers and importers of the products under mandatory certification are required to apply for the Philippine Standard (PS) license and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificate, before their products are distributed and sold in the market. Only manufacturers and importers whose products have passed the Philippine National Standard (PNS) requirements relevant to their product will be issued the PS license and ICC certificate.
BPS requires the manufacturers and importers to place the PS and ICC marks on the products prior to distribution to their retailers for sale.
Fireworks, firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices are part of the 62 products under mandatory certification which include construction materials, chemical products, electrical and electronic home appliances and consumer products.
Manufacturers, importers and retailers found not complying with the scheme will be filed administrative charges for violation of the DTI Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2:2007; Republic Act (RA) 7394, otherwise known as the Consumer Act of the Philippines; and RA 4109 or the Standards Law. If found guilty, the owners/operators of erring establishments will be imposed with monetary fine up to P300,000 and cancellation of any DTI-issued permit or license.
As of November 15, 2013, the DTI-BPS has issued the PS license to 14 manufacturers of fireworks, firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices. The BPS has not issued the ICC certificate to any importer of the products.
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