Wednesday, 19 February 2014 02:49
Four hundred seventeen newly developed and adopted Philippine National Standards (PNS) were added to the list of the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as the National Standards Body of the Philippines.
DTI-BPS Officer-in-Charge Engr. Gerardo P. Maglalang affirms, “In its continued standardization activities with other government offices, industries, test institutions, and, consumer organizations, the DTI-BPS has developed and adopted 417 PNS for the year 2013. To date, there are 8,663 ready PNS at the BPS Standards Data Center and 79.54% or 6,891 of these have been aligned to the international standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the Codex Alementarius (Codex)”.
Philippine National Standards (PNS) are documents established by consensus through technical committees and approved by the DTI-Bureau of Product Standards. All PNS undergo a series of deliberations including a circulation to all sectors concerned for their technical views and comments. Also, the PNS, prior to its approval, is further circulated among the 159 member-countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for transparency, particularly on PNS that are used as references for technical regulations that are bases for mandatory conformity assessment procedures.
“These PNS make enormous and positive contributions to the many aspects of our lives. They ensure desirable characteristics – such as performance, environmental friendliness, safety, reliability, efficiency and interchangeability – of products and services that we consume daily”, OIC Maglalang adds.