Reinstatement of product standards questioned

Published November 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin


By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

Consumer group Laban Konsyumer Inc. (LKI) has questioned moves by the Deoartment of Trade and Industry (DTI) to reinstate mandatory technical standards on plywood, ceramic tiles and glass.

In a letter to DTI’s Bureau of Product Standards, Dimagiba said that plywood and ceramic tiles were delisted from mandatory product standard processes in 2015 to 2016.

However, the mandatory standards for plywood and ceramic tiles have not been repealed yet.
“Why is DTI placing back under mandatory certification products like plywood, ceramic tiles , float glass
in the absence of monitoring reports and test laboratory results that the products are substandards,” said Dimagiba.

He urged that DTI should inform consumers of actual test results.

According to Dimagiba, disclosure of monitoring results is important to ensure that DTI complies with the Ease of Doing Business Law.

Both proposed administrative orders do not disclose any material information why such standards have to be reinstated.