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Ceramic plumbing fixtures require DTI product certification

  • Department of Trade and Industry Department Administrative Order 21-08 added ceramic shower bases to the list of sanitary wares subject to mandatory certification
  • The order took effect on December 22 2021
  • The shower bases may be certified under either the Philippine Standard Safety Certification Mark Licensing Scheme for locally or foreign manufactured products or Import Commodity Clearance for those imported without a valid PS License

Ceramic plumbing fixtures now require mandatory product certification, according to a recent Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issuance.

DTI Department Administrative Order (DAO) 21-08, series of 2021, which took effect on December 22 2021, added ceramic shower bases to the list of sanitary wares subject to mandatory certification alongside bidets, lavatories, sinks (laboratory sinks, laundry sinks, service sinks, and utility sinks), urinals, and water closets. The items must be tested against the PNS 156:2010 through the structural integrity test and should have a minimum slope of 1% and a maximum of 4% to the waste outlet, according to a DTI statement.

The shower bases may be certified under either the Philippine Standard (PS) Safety Certification Mark Licensing Scheme for locally or foreign manufactured products or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) for those imported without a valid PS License. For imported products with valid PS License, each shipment from PS licensed foreign manufacturers must secure a Statement of Confirmation (SOC) from the Bureau, the statement added.

All manufacturers and importers are required to undergo mandatory PS, Statement of Confirmation (SOC), and/or ICC procedures after six months from the date of effectivity of DAO 21-08. All importations of the same ordered and paid prior to DAO 21-08’s effectivity will be exempt from the certification requirements provided the shipment arrives in Philippine ports not later than 12 months from the effectivity of DA 21-08.

DTI monitoring and enforcement will be conducted 24 months after the order effectivity. After which, only ceramic shower bases with a valid PS Mark or ICC sticker will be distributed in the local market.

“As time passes, the increase in the number of products being subjected under mandatory certification reflects the Department’s continuing effort of upholding Filipinos’ right to safe and high-quality products and its responsibility to guarantee that what consumers utilize inside their homes serve their purpose,” said BPS Director Neil P. Catajay.

A copy of DAO 21-08 and other issuances may be downloaded from the BPS Standards and Conformance portal, www.bps.dti.gov.ph, and can be directly accessed through https://bit.ly/BPSissuances.

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