Product Certification Schemes
Part of the Bureau of Philippine Standards’ (BPS) mandate, as provided in the Consumer Act of the Philippines, is to protect consumers against hazards to health and safety as well as to assure the public of the consistency of standardized products in the market. To carry out this duty, the Bureau provides for the standardization and certification of products, both locally manufactured and imported, giving the consumers access to quality and safe products conforming to the relevant Philippine National Standards (PNS).
Currently, the BPS implements two (2) Mandatory Product Certification Schemes: the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark Licensing Scheme and the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) Certification Scheme. Products covered by the mandatory certification, whether locally manufactured or imported, are not allowed to be distributed in the Philippine market without the necessary PS or ICC marks.
The PS Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark License is granted to either local or foreign manufacturer whose factory and product have successfully complied with the requirements of the PNS ISO 9001 and the relevant product standard/s, respectively. Meanwhile, the ICC Certificate is issued to an importer whose imported products have shown conformance to relevant PNS through inspection and product testing by the BPS Testing Laboratory or BPS-recognized testing laboratory.
The PS Mark and ICC Sticker affixed to the products serve as the consumer’s assurance that the products they purchase are certified by the BPS.
At present, there are one-hundred eleven (111) products and systems covered under the BPS’ Mandatory Product Certification Schemes. They are classified into nine (9) major product groups, namely, Household Appliances, Consumer Electronics, Lighting and Wiring Devices, Steel Products, Plastic Pipes and Ceramic Products, Cement and Other Construction Materials, Chemical Products, Automotive Related Products,and Other Consumer Products.